Akron’s own Crafty Mart is growing by leaps and bounds. In its seventh year, Crafty Mart Inc. now operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, providing creative and engaging opportunities for artists and community members to foster artistic, thoughtful, and community-focused lifestyles. Recognizing the need to keep the community of vendors, shoppers, and our fellow organizations up to date with our efforts, we’d like to outline our events for the upcoming year.
Crafty Mart is excited to maintain the tradition of organizing and hosting our annual Spring show, Crafty Mart Presents The Mom and Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10am-5pm. The show will host ninety vendors in three venues including Musica, the Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace all located in downtown Akron. The day’s events will include Workshop opportunities for artists to teach valuable skills to the public. New this year, there will be a Preview Gala on Friday, April 24th before The Mom and Pop Shoppe. This ticketed event will serve as a fundraiser for Crafty Mart and a social opportunity for the community.
Crafty Mart’s second large show of the year, the Holiday Show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 28th and 29th, 2015. The seventh annual holiday show is purposefully hosted during Small Business Saturday each year to feature handmade, small business artisans and expand the holiday shopping needs of the Akron community. The holiday show is our largest event of the year and will once again include ninety vendors across the three venues in downtown, at Musica, the Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. More about this event will be released at a later date.
One area of expansion for Crafty Mart includes our participation in organizing a monthly pop-up market coinciding with the downtown Akron Artwalk, held on the first Saturday of each month. Crafty Mart’s pop-up market is located on the third floor of Summit Artspace and includes between twenty and thirty local arts and crafts vendors. The first pop-up market took place in February and the next is March 7th, 2015 from 5pm-9pm. Subsequent pop-up markets will take place on April 4th, May 2nd, and so on--always in conjunction with the Akron Artwalk.
Another opportunity taken up by Crafty Mart is the re-launch of Akron Farm & Flea Market organized with Urban Eats and Musica. The seasonal monthly market will be held on the first Saturday of each month, May through October, 2015, from 9am-2pm. The Akron Farm and Flea Market will host local farm produce, food, arts, crafts, vintage, rummage, and service vendors. The monthly market will be located in the spacious parking area outside Urban Eats and Musica off E. Market St. in downtown Akron.
In addition to these regularly occurring events, Crafty Mart is also hosting a special, one-time Pop-Up Market at Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewery on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 from 11am-5pm. Other special events and pop-up markets may be announced throughout the year.
We encourage local vendors to keep a close eye on application opportunities and the deadlines, found here. Shoppers can keep up with our events on the Crafty Mart Facebook page, on Twitter, and more. Thank you for your loyalty and patience as we grow and more finely tune how we communicate our events.