May's Pop Up Market with Akron Art Walk

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May's Pop Up Market with Akron Art Walk

 

It's time for our monthly Pop Up Market, this Saturday May 2nd, 5-9pm.  It is being held in conjunction with the downtown Akron Art Walk which takes place the first Saturday of each month.  You can find Crafty Mart's Pop Up Market on the third floor of Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St. Akron OH 44308.) 

Even if you attended last week's Mom & Pop Shoppe, we encourage you to join us this week--there will be new faces and new experiences to be had at this month's Art Walk Pop Up Market.  Looking for something special to give as a gift for Mother's Day, May 10th, 2015?  Let us make this easy for you--and help you support local, small-business makers!

Just who is ShiSho? "We are like ethereal cherub twins who sing acoustic punk rock songs with the zeal and fury of a thousand jumping beans and one thunderstorm. Also Midge plays accordion." Hahaha!

Just who is ShiSho? "We are like ethereal cherub twins who sing acoustic punk rock songs with the zeal and fury of a thousand jumping beans and one thunderstorm. Also Midge plays accordion." Hahaha!

Crafty Mart is super psyched to welcome the folk-punk duo ShiSho to perform this Saturday at our Pop Up Market.  The teenage sisters Vivian and Midge Ramone, who perform together as ShiSho, are playing at Oddmall earlier in the day.  (Oddmall is Sat. May 2nd, noon-8pm, and Sun. May 3rd, noon-6pm at John S. Knight Center.) ShiSho will perform at Crafty Mart's Pop Up Market around 7pm.  I asked Vivian about her performance for us and she replied, "Crafty Mart is near and dear, and we're proud to be invited back. We go every year and we think it's a great staple of the local arts scene."  We love you too, ShiSho!  You don't want to miss our very first pop up concert at our Art Walk Pop Up Markets.  Follow the adventures of ShiSho on Facebook HERE.

 

Three Sisters Momo employs former Bhutanese refugees now living in the Greater Akron area.  Positive, uplifting things are happening in North Hill!

Three Sisters Momo employs former Bhutanese refugees now living in the Greater Akron area.  Positive, uplifting things are happening in North Hill!

Saturday's Pop Up Market is another opportunity to taste and enjoy the Nepali dumplings of Three Sisters Momo.  This woman-owned mobile food business is a success story straight out of Akron's own North Hill.  We're all looking forward to devouring more delicious dumplings from Three Sisters Momo at Akron Better Block on May 15th, 16th and 17th on N. Main St in North Hill.  You'll be there, right?  Follow Three Sisters Momo on Facebook HERE.

 

Did you hear the buzz about Lily Jars after last week's Mom & Pop Shoppe?  I sure did.  Everyone was talking about the delightful cakes in jars.  What fun it must be to be a cake designer!  Crafty Mart is lucky to have these new-to-us vendors return for this Saturday's Akron Farm & Flea Market.  Did you see that they have a special Mother's Day cake in a jar too?  Where's my spoon?  Follow Lily Jars on Facebook HERESaturday, May 2nd from 9am-2pm is the very first Akron Farm & Flea Market monthly event of the season.  You can find this downtown event in the parking lots next to Urban Eats and Musica (51 E. Market St)  For more information about the Akron Farm & Flea Market, click HERE.

As always, admission to the Akron Art Walk and Crafty Mart's Pop Up Market is FREE.  Come and join us on the 3rd floor of Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St.) in downtown Akron on Saturday, May 2nd from 5pm-9pm.  For a complete list all participating vendors and more information about the event itself, please click HERE.  We'll see you on Saturday!

 

 

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How to get the Most from your Crafty Mart Weekend

A quick list to help you get the most from your Crafty Mart weekend:


1).  On Saturday, our 75 vendors will be spread across three venues (Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace) in downtown Akron.  The Akron Art Museum is offering an additional bonus:  access to the galleries is FREE and open to the public on Saturday as well.  Don't miss their spectacular show right now: Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting.



2).  Crafty Mart has a new food option while visiting Summit Artspace on Saturday.  The 3rd floor will be the site of a food and drinks café.  There you will find food available for purchase from Nuevo Modern Mexican, Stray Dog Cart, Three Sisters Momo, as well as beer from Thirsty Dog, pop from Norka Beverages, and a special signature cocktail, the Strawberry Fizzle. Making things even better, the 3rd floor café will stay open on Saturday until 6:30pm--so tired vendors can enjoy a nice meal before calling an end to their day.  It's the perfect central location to meet friends before heading out for the night elsewhere in downtown.

 

Which of our makers sanswered "Blackbird" and which ones replied "Paint it Black?"

Which of our makers sanswered "Blackbird" and which ones replied "Paint it Black?"


3).  Have you been following along on with the Crafty Mart website's Vendor Spotlights? For the past several weeks, we've been posting profiles and stories from more than a dozen of our makers.  Feel free to scroll down and check out these artists' stories.  We asked each vendor to describe their business experiences as well as answer the most burning question of our time: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?  In addition, you can see the complete list of all our artisans and their locations across the three venues HERE.

 

4).  Start the weekend off at Friday night's Preview Gala.  The party fundraiser is a first-time event for Crafty Mart.  We want everyone to have a chance to socialize, meet the artists and makers, and support Crafty Mart.  Your ticket entitles you to Akron-centric food, drinks, and 2 tickets to the chinese raffle. Enjoy tacos from Nuevo Modern Mexican, nepali dumplings from Three Sisters Momo, and a Thirsty Dog beer. We'll have DJ Ben Crazy from The Mighty Soul Night spinning tunes and a special photo opportunity too--a vintage-style paper moon backdrop! Ticket prices increase on day of event.  For more info, click HERE.

5).  If you're looking to visit all three venues on Saturday, you'll need to start early.  We open our doors at 10am and call it quits at 5pm.  You can start at Musica (51 E. Market St.), then walk across Market Street to peruse our vendors at the Akron Art Museum (1 S. High St.), finally heading one more block east to Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St.)  Or, you could start at Summit Artspace, move to the Art Museum and finish at Musica!  How ever much or little ground you want to cover on Saturday, make sure you enjoy yourself!  We'll have deejays from The Mighty Soul Night spinning funky music in all three places and food & drink available as well. 

6).  Be sure to enjoy your day spent downtown on Saturday.  After a day of shopping at Crafty Mart, you can find dinner at Crave, relax at a jazz concert at Blu, or take in a movie at The Nightlight.  Jim Jarmusch's 1984 classic Stranger Than Paradise is playing at 11:30pm.  Get your tickets before they sell out!

See you on Friday and Saturday!

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Vendor Spotlight: Beethings Studio Jewelry

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Vendor Spotlight: Beethings Studio Jewelry

This is our final Vendor Spotlight before Saturday's event.  Please let me introduce you to another of our many makers coming to The Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th.  This is another in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do.  The following profile is Bethany from Beethings Studio Jewelry and her response to a mini-questionnaire.

1).  What's your name and what is it that you make?

Bethany Homrighaus of Beethings Studio Jewelry. I create handmade jewelry with collectible beads, gems, precious metals, and found objects. 

 

2).  How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

I worked at a high-quality bead store in Washington, DC, for four years. The training was truly rigorous, and the customers were demanding. We had to know our stuff. The store was owned by a family of bead historians/experts. It was fantastic -- like a graduate level training in beads. I had been a frustrated artist for many years before I found this medium. It took me out of the 9-5 cubicle, and I'll be forever grateful for that.

 

3).  What is your best seller?

I sell a LOT of rings. These are not super-involved pieces of jewelry; they're pretty basic, but people are always drawn to them. I adhere semiprecious stones, beach glass/rocks, and other found objects (antique items such as keys, transit tokens, 45 record inserts, etc.) to a plated ring base, and let them dry for at least a week -- then I try to break them all. I wear a lot of these rings, so I know how the metal ages, and I know how to take care of them. I'm constantly coming up with better ways to make them, and I'm always on the hunt for quality materials. Once that ring enters the world, I want it to last, and I want my customer to love it. The rings are guaranteed for life, too -- if one breaks, I will gladly either repair it or replace it. 

 

4).  How long have you been vending? Have you done the Mom & Pop Shoppe before?

I started vending in 2003, at small church shows in Northern Virginia, a couple trunk shows in Georgetown, and some smaller boutique events in DC. When I moved back home to the Cleveland area, I jumped into the northeastern Ohio show circuit, as it were, with both feet. This was 2011, and The Mom and Pop Shoppe was my fourth show of the season, on the heels of three really bad shows. Once I met the Crafty Mart staff, especially Juniper Sage, and experienced just an hour of the event, I knew that I'd be okay in this business. I was so inspired by the other makers -- it made me realize that I could live this life. I've participated in nearly every Crafty Mart event since then. 

 

5)  The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

If you would have asked me this five years ago, I'd have said the Beatles. But now that I live in a state where I have to drive a car, I listen to a lot of local radio, and I find that I never change the station when the Stones are on. Especially "Paint it Black," lol. 


Thank you Bethany for answering our questions and coming to Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe.  We'll see everyone on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am-5pm at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace.  You'll be able to locate Beethings Studio Jewelry at Musica. 

Click HERE for a complete listing of all the vendors and where each one will be located.

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Vendor Spotlight: Live. Dream. Create.

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Vendor Spotlight: Live. Dream. Create.

 

We have just a few days before our event, and we hope everyone is as excited as we are.  Please let me introduce you to another of our many makers coming to The Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th.  This is another in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do.  The following profile is Krystal from Live.Dream.Create and her response to a mini-questionnaire.

1). What's your name and what is it that you make?

My name is Krystal and I make handsewn felt plushies, toys, decorative items, and other fun stuff! 

I just opened my own little shop (Live Dream Create Shop) in Hudson (next to Portage Glass and The Red Twig) where I offer my plushies and handmade awesomeness from about 15 other local Ohio artists and creators (and of course workshops and fun activities). I also help with Oddmall and Con on the Cob. 

2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

My Grandmothers and my Mom taught me how to sew buttons and things when I was little. I've always loved to make things, so I went to Kent State University and became an Art teacher - but then I decided to focus on making things full-time. In college I made jewelry, and in 2009 I started experimenting with adding felt pieces into my jewelry work for something different. That was when I started handsewing again, and I quickly discovered I would rather be sewing than working with wire. Through a lot of tutorials and even more trial-and-error, I learned a ton of sewing techniques and have just kept going since! Each custom order gives me a chance to figure out new patterns and turn 2d concept sketches or pictures into huggable fun. 

 

3).  What is your best seller?

I make a big campfire playset with the flames, rocks, and logs - and they are quite popular in my Etsy shop. (Livedreamcreate.com) Hedgehogs, donuts, lil bunnies, bacon buddies, and brightly colored piggies, are the most popular items at shows though. 

 

4).  How long have you been vending? Have you done the Mom & Pop Shoppe before?

I have been selling at shows, festivals, and conventions since 2010, and I have done a number of Crafty Marts (4 or 5 I think) over the past couple years. 

5). The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

The Beatles. 


Thank you Krystal for answering our questions and coming to Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe.  We'll see everyone on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am-5pm at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace.  You'll be able to locate Live.Dream.Create. at Summit Artspace. 

Click HERE for a complete listing of all the vendors and where each one will be located.

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Workshops during Mom & Pop Shoppe

We have only four days left before Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th.  We wanted everyone to know that there are just a few spots left in each of the Workshops on that day.  If you're still looking to sign up, today is the day to register. 

Below, you'll see a listing of each of the four Workshops (click on the title for the link to registration) and who is teaching each class (click on their business names for the link to each of the Workshop Instructor Profiles.)  *Registration is required* -- our instructors need to be prepared by knowing how much materials to bring. So message your sister, partner or best friend and sign up before it's too late.

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--Make your own Sugar Scrubs with Melissa from Yates Apothecary.

--Learn to weave in the Wonderful Weavings Workshop with Jennifer from smARTStudio.

--Build your own Air Plant Terrarium with Kristi from Land of Plenty.

--Learn to brew your own Kombucha with Aaron from the Bearded Buch

 


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