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!

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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!


Coworking at OSC Tech Lab


Coworking at OSC Tech Lab

The following blog post is brought to you by our friendly neighborhood intern, Julian, who is working with Crafty Mart thanks to a partnership with the University of Akron's EX[L] Center.

Creative. Community. These are words I’ve been seeing a lot lately. My work with the University of Akron’s EX[L] Center always involves student creativity and is focused on the Akron community. A research project I am currently assisting with is all about helping a community. The words are part of Crafty Mart’s mission statement. So, it was no surprise that the words creative and community came up several times in my interview with OSC Tech Lab’s founder Nick Petroski.

Creativity and community are exactly what were on Nick’s mind when he envisioned a better space for professionals to do their work. As a Wall Street equity analyst, he found that many offices and other public places where people spend time working lack the collaborative and networked feel he and others were seeking. Coffee and sandwich shops were not cutting it either. These public, yet often singular and lonely, environments can be stifling to the creative process. In 2014, Nick opened OSC Tech Lab as an answer to this problem.

OSC Tech Lab is a co-working space located in downtown Akron on Exchange Street above the Thai restaurant Pad Thai. When it opened, it was the only co-working space in the area. Together, Nick and his wife, Meghan Geotz, keep it running for many professionals including freelancers, startups, writers, coders, and graphic designers. Akron’s art and culture publication, The Devil Strip, also calls the Lab its home. Besides desks and four walls, Nick says that there are other things that “take the frustration out of working.”


Around the Lab, there are many accessible outlets. All kinds of chargers can be provided. Various computer components like monitors, keyboards, and other things are available to members. If someone needs to practice a presentation there is a room with a projector. The couches provide a respite from sitting at a desk and there are open areas, enclosed offices, and meeting rooms. However, OSC Tech Lab is not just about a fantastic space.

Nick stresses that professionals simply looking for space should re-evaluate their search priorities and consider the benefits of working alongside other people from different fields. His company is essentially “selling a community.” Within a co-working community, Nick argues that productivity increases because of the motivational environment. Members are “challenged by” and “learn from” other members.

There is a network of employment that is about more than just pushing a business onto someone else or trying to get leads on jobs. It is about a collaborative effort where members can bounce ideas or problems off each other. Many members become friends outside of work which creates more natural opportunities in the future.

In the spirit of community, Lab members often have lunch together as a whole. Unlike other offices, there is no dress code. The space is very come-as- you-are.

When I entered OSC Tech Lab, I found Nick in shorts and a t-shirt. He embraces the idea of keeping the environment “100% organic.” People should be comfortable when they work. If a suit and tie is part of someone’s natural state then they should wear that. The main idea is that there are no impediments to any creative flow.

Crafty Mart espouses creativity and community. OSC Tech Lab shows that the two are important in a variety of other fields. Creativity and community working in concert will help propel Akron into a great future. So, thank you to Nick, Meghan, and the OSC Tech Lab members for upholding these two concepts and feeding the future of this awesome city!

Thanks, Julian! You can learn more about OSC Tech Lab on their website, and make sure to take them up on their offer of free co-working every Thursday! Make sure to sign up for Crafty Mart's e-newsletter as we highlight more of the amazing opportunities and resources for creatives in and around Akron!


Rad Gifts for Dad!


Rad Gifts for Dad!

Totally wicked.

It’s that time of year again. Get ready to bust out those dad jokes because, Sunday June 18th, 2017 is Father’s Day. Still looking for that thoughtful, foolproof, sure to make your dad go aww gift? Handmade and local is the way to go. You’ll get your dad a gift that is all those things and more and you get to support a small business at the same time. You go Human! Check out some of these rad vendors for all your rad dad’s day needs.

For the timeless rad dad, there is The Exquisite Corpse Boutique. ExCB offers one of a kind time pieces, rings, pendants, accessories and more. All of the pieces are made from several different materials so you won’t have a problem finding something for the rad dad in your life. Or you can be safe and grab a gift card and let your dad pick out his own dope piece to add to his collection. The ExCB can complete custom orders if you want a personal gift you know your dad would love. Check out their website here.


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For the never want to grow up rad dad, there is ReGeeked. ReGeeked is a shop that upcycles old comic book pages into dope one of a kind wallets and accessories that your rad dad’s inner nerd will thank you for. Have a comic book you know dad loves? Well, ReGeeked does custom orders and every piece is handcrafted. Now they can carry a piece of their childhood with them and look cool doing it. Check out their website here.

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For the comfy rad dad with the rad dad bod there is The Social Dept. Akron’s very own Social Dept. is a t-shirt company with some of the most comfortable shirts I have ever felt. To top off that softness, they also have some out of this world designs. Whether the rad dad in your life is a foodie, a sports fan, craft beer enthusiast or pop culture junkie the Social Dept. will have the perfect gift for them and you can get a matching shirt for yourself. I don’t love matching comfortability. Said no one. Ever. Check out their website here.


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For the environmentally conscious rad dad, there is The Robot Consortium. Wood Plane & Simple is a woodworking shop that repurposes hardwood from shipping pallets that would otherwise be living a sad lonely life in a landfill. These one of a kind groovy pieces will brighten up any office desk or collection of dope things and save the planet in the meantime. My personal favorite is the Frankenstein Robot. Check out their website for more.


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This is just a spotlight on a few vendors, but you really can’t go wrong when you’re supporting a local small business this father’s day. Your rad dad, your kind heart and your community will thank you for making the divine choice of shopping small and shopping local!

Still not quite sure? Buy Dad a ticket to the Second Annual Akron Ale Fest! Tickets on sale here.

No matter how you decide to celebrate, we at Crafty Mart want to say thanks to all our rad dads! 


Shopper Story: Julian Curet


Shopper Story: Julian Curet



Name: Julian Curet

Profession: Student and Musician

About me: I am a husband, father, student, and musician. I balance my time between family life, being a full-time English and anthropology double major at the University of Akron, interning at Crafty Mart, and playing guitar and singing for Overboard. Clearly, I’m a little busy but I still try to carve out some time for movies, television, video games, and hanging out with my wife (and children)!

Crafts and Drafts was my first ever Crafty Mart event! The pairing of a craft show with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company made the fun and interesting event even better. My wife and I were greeted outside by Crafty Mart’s Brit and Marissa who were counting attendance and helping customers. Inside, we toured Thirsty Dog’s production center and perused the handmade wares while sipping on our blood orange pale ales.

I was also there to help work the Crafty Mart merchandise table for a couple of hours but before I had a chance to clock in, an ewok caught my eye from across the room. Immediately, I walked over to The Snow Store table featuring crocheted characters of different sizes and genres. Samantha, the maker of all the very cool plush figures, greeted me as I paid for the little ewok. I knew full well that my children would be jealous of my find (and they are).

Next, I was pulled towards the ReGeeked table. ReGeeked is all about wallet and accessories. Daena makes them out of real comic book pages, both vintage and contemporary! They are laminated and made to last.

I didn’t snag a wallet this time but I have my eye on a Spider Man or Iron Man wallet. Hopefully, ReGeeked will be at the next Crafty Mart event. Can I get that wallet on a chain like the good ole grunge days?

Now it was time to get to work. However, it’s not really work when you get to dance, greet people, see all the talent of the artisan and crafters, and eat some pretty yummy tacos.

Fun oldies poured into the warehouse as my wife and I scarfed down tacos from the Smash Time food truck. There were so many awesome ingredients that went together so well that I can’t remember exactly what I ate, but I do know that it was heavenly.

Eventually, I was relieved of duty by Crafty Mart intern, Liz, and my wife and I made our way downstairs. This was my favorite part of the day.

I met vendors, Linda and Dave Lackey, and had some great conversations. They are both retired English professors spending time on their artisan skills. Linda makes custom stitched home goods like fun aprons. Dave makes guitars!

At his booth, I was in my element as I tried out some of his unique guitar designs while playing through a small amp. I even got to jam with Dave when he joined my blues riff with his harmonica. One of these days, I will order a custom guitar designed with the cover of one of my favorite albums. I look forward to seeing Dave and Linda again.

A Crafty Mart pop-up market is personal and hands-on. Not only do shoppers get to feel and touch what is being sold but they have a chance to meet the artists and learn their individual stories.

Crafts and Drafts was a fun and fulfilling experience I hope to repeat again. For now, this is your friendly neighborhood intern signing off! I’ll see you at another Crafty Mart event!


Did you miss out on Crafts & Drafts? Save the date for September 16th when we'll return to Thirsty Dog Brewing Company!

Thanks for sharing your story, Julian!

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