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.
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!