Shopping Guide:  Crafty Cafe


Shopping Guide: Crafty Cafe

To make things a little easier for shoppers, we thought we'd make a few suggestions.  First up is none other than the Crafty Cafe, located on the 3rd floor of The Summit Artspace.  Not only will you be able to grab a cold drink and listen to the sounds of Akron's own Mighty Soul Night, you can refuel with some tasty nosh and pick up some holiday gifts while you're at it.  There's so much more to discover at The 9th Annual Crafty Mart on Saturday, November 25th. 



The Pierogi Lady is a Crafty Mart favorite!  She takes pride in making the best handmade pierogi available, filled with enticing flavor combinations like buffalo chicken and potato gouda bacon.  Last year, she even served up a poutine pierogi at one of ours shows!  The Pierogi Lady will serve up fresh, hot pierogi at the Crafty Cafe, and she will also have frozen packages available to take home.



Who doesn't want something sweet stuffed into their Christmas stocking?  Sweet Bean has you covered.  Focusing on handmade filled chocolates and bean to bar, with the occasional marshmallow or other confection, they create the treats we love to eat.  



Have some holiday entertaining to do this season?  Sandi's Kitchen has the culinary herb and spice blends that will make your party so easy to put together.  Her jarred blends also make adorable host and hostess gifts.  We are so lucky to have her in the Crafty Cafe!

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It wouldn't be a Crafty Mart Holiday show without the ever popular Akron Coffee Roasters.  Not only will this small batch roaster be in the Crafty Cafe serving up cups of your favorite pour over coffee, they will have some bags of your favorite beans to take home and serve at your own holiday affairs.  


There will plenty more to sample and purchase in the Crafty Cafe; everything from freshly made caramel corn to bottled hot sauce, Christmas cookies to crepes.  It's all happening at The Summit Artspace on Saturday, November 25th from 11-6 pm, we hope to see you there!


The Akron Makerspace

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The Akron Makerspace

By Liz Bennett


What is Akron Makerspace? Only one of the most amazing hidden gems Akron has to offer! Seriously-- if I would have known about this place last year when I graduated from The University of Akron, I would have signed up to become a member immediately. Not only is it a perfect place for three-dimensional artists to thrive, it is a welcoming place for anyone who has an interest in learning and creating. This place is PACKED with creative technology, technological resources, and welcoming and knowledgeable peers. It only took one tour to convince me I needed to become a member, and I’ve been back several times since with friends and plans to keep attending regularly. 


Can I say that they have basically everything? I mean, I could write a small book just trying to explain all of their equipment! Here are a few examples of what they have for members to use in the shop: 


The first things I noticed were metalworking related, as I am a metalsmith and get most excited by metalworking and things that enable me to do that. There’s various welding and soldering methods provided, a kiln to facilitate casting, a cold saw, a metal lathe, oh- and there’s also a FORGE.  On the less industrious side, they have dapping tools, and letter and number stamps. A lot of this equipment would be so hard for a budding metalsmith to get their hands on due to high costs and lack of space, not to mention running and maintaining, but at the Akron Makerspace, it’s all available for use!


My attention was quickly stolen away by the CNC machine and the woodshop. Even someone like me who has no experience using this machine could take a class here and be fully prepared to whip up a personal project in no time. If you prefer wood-working equipment that airs on the simpler side, you can also find that here, as all the basics are provided from cutting to sanding. There’s also a wood lathe, so pretty much any woodworking project you can think of can be completed here from start to finish. Get creative!



Honestly, in order to get a complete understanding of just how fully stocked Akron Makerspace is with incredibly useful equipment, you’d have to go…say on a Tuesday night at 7pm when they have open house and get a tour. To give you a bigger idea, they also have a 3D printer, a laser engraver, a vacuum casting machine, a bike shop, a glass fusing kiln, and a soft goods crafting area fully stocked with sewing equipment. 

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So what’s stopping you?! Go check out this wonderful resource Akron has, and get started on your latest project idea while you meet some pretty rad people. The Akron Makerspace can be found at 48 Summit St, Akron OH, 44308 which is basically right across from Summit Art Space. Visit their website  for more details on free events, classes, and more. Hope to see you there!


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Crafty Mart Team Profiles: Dylan Lubinsky


Crafty Mart Team Profiles: Dylan Lubinsky

Hello world!  My name is Dylan Lubinsky, and I am the Social Media intern at Crafty Mart.  I am a senior at the University of Akron, and my hobbies include writing autobiographies, recording music for my 3 soundcloud followers, and self-depreciation.


When I'm not making fun of the medium I'm using to communicate, I really enjoy reading about unknowable cosmic horrors.  My favorite stories from this genre include Ex Oblivione and The Colour out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft, and Uzumaki by Junji Ito.  If you enjoy reading books with less tentacles, I've also recently enjoyed The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky.  

I value creativity and the arts extremely highly, and am thrilled to help promote it.  I've always thought that this quote from the '89 film Dead Poets Society summarized it the best: "...Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for".  

I've always expressed myself through music, and found that creating my own as well as consuming what others have created to be therapeutic.  Because creating art has helped me so much on a personal level, I am very happy to be working with a company which supports local arts. 



A Message From Our Friends at Darice


A Message From Our Friends at Darice

Most of us know that Northeast Ohio is basically the Silicon Valley of the craft world with JoAnn Fabrics and Pat Catan's headquartered here, but did you know about Darice? This craft supply wholesaler has a showroom in Strongsville, and is a great option for makers ordering items in bulk. With the holiday shows right around the corner, Crafty Mart has partnered with them to bring you some great deals. Check it out!

Don't forget to subscribe to Crafty Mart's maker e-newsletter for other great deals and local opportunities!


Crafty Mart Canton: 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Miss It!


Crafty Mart Canton: 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Miss It!

July 7th, 2017 will be Crafty Mart’s third year at Canton First Friday in July! The Pop Up Market will set up shop from 4-8pm at the Canton Museum of Art with some vendors and kid-friendly crafts. So, let’s talk about some reasons why you should come to downtown Canton and visit us!

 1. Amazing Local Vendors

We know you love supporting Summit County vendors. However, for Canton First Friday, we are showcasing several talented artisans from Stark County along with some Crafty Mart regulars and other favorites from Northeast Ohio.

Lucie Shearer Art, The Wholesome Hive, The Robot Consortium, Stage Struck Puppets


 Here’s a list of this year’s vendors with links to their websites:

Gypsy Moth Vintage

Renaissance Woman


Wonder Lust Concepts

The Robot Consortium

Gingerly Made

MNK Candle

Threadbare Beauty

Knitgrrl Studio


Plan 10 Photodesign


Stage Struck Puppets

Pratherton home of pratherteam

Rubber City Prints, Inc.

Kelly Rohr Designs

Crocheted by Amy

Lindsey Jo Scott - Art

Lucie Shearer Art

Champaign Paper


Cool Critters

Annie J Williams

Cass White Ceramics

NOT Wasted

The Wholesome Hive


 Our Daily Bread Bakery


2. FREE Admission

Maybe we should call it “No Pay Friday” because admission is free to both the Pop Up Market AND the Canton Museum of Art Galleries! Before or after shopping for your favorite handmade items make sure you check out the Museum’s current exhibitions which include Avatars: Relics from the Future and In Praise of Women: Works from the Permanent Collection. The permanent collection is nationally recognized and highlights American watercolors and ceramics. For more information visit the Canton Museum of Art website HERE.

Ceramic art by Gary Spinosa on display at the Avatars exhibit


3. Your Very Own Terrarium

At Crafty Mart Canton, Every Blooming Thing Akron will be sponsoring a terrarium workshop. The cost depends on the size of the container you choose and starts at $25. It includes everything you will need to create a succulent garden. This cool craft is family friendly so bring everyone and be prepared to get a little messy!

 Succulents from Every Blooming Thing Akron

4. Something for the Kids

Crafty Mart will be organizing a free “Make It and Take It” station for children. This fun craft is always a major hit and will take place in the main lobby of the museum. But hey adults, psst: there will be a special beer tasting too!


5. A Ten-Year History

This year, Canton First Friday and Arts in Stark will be celebrating 10 years of a great community event. Of course, like any birthday, THERE WILL BE CAKE! At 6:15, the first 500 people to arrive at the information tent will score a piece of yummy cake.

After hanging out with Crafty Mart, stick around for fireworks at 9:45. Visit the First Friday event page, HERE, for a closer look at the fun-filled schedule.

 Actually, there are more like 1,000 reasons why you should come to the Canton Museum of Art on Friday, July 7th and visit Crafty Mart from 4-8pm, but then you’d still be here reading instead of navigating to the Facebook event HERE and clicking on “Going”. See you there!