Hi, friends. We are so thankful for you, truly, we are!  And we are pumped about our biggest, raddest event of the year!  In gratitude, we offer you a list of ways to take full advantage of the 9th Annual Crafty Mart.  It is happening THIS SATURDAY, November 25th, from 11-6 pm.   And away we go.......


1. GET THERE EARLY

This year, we are offering early bird access tickets! For a $7 ticket, you can beat the crowd and get in at 10 am.  You’re also guaranteed a Small Business Saturday canvas shopping bag courtesy of American Express full of swag, and a raffle ticket for the chance to win one of our Crafty Baskets.   Bonus, you’ll get a free cup of coffee or a mimosa from the Crafty Mart bar.  Redeem your ticket on the 3rd floor of the Summit Artspace and you’ll be on your way.

You can purchase tickets here, and there will be a limited amount available at the door if they don’t sell out first!
 

2. VISIT ALL THREE VENUES.

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Crafty Mart is once again taking place at three different venues: Musica, the Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace-- all within three blocks downtown!  

While you are doing your shopping, make sure to stop inside some of the artists' studios that are housed inside Summit Artspace.  April Couch is a sometimes Crafty Vendor who now has her own studio called Totally Tangled Creations. Check out her big and beautiful studio, there is something for everyone that walks through her door.  

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3. WIN STUFF!

If you pick up one of our Holiday Passports inside Summit Artspace, you can follow the trail to win a prize at the end of your handmade holiday shopping journey. 

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You can also try your luck at our Raffle Table on the 3rd floor of Summit Artspace.  Baskets are made up with goodies given to us by all of our Crafty Vendors;  you could win a light like this from the Whiskertin guys!
 

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4. MAKE SOMETHING.

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In the DIY spirit of Crafty Mart, why not make a holiday gift for a loved one? If you aren't already signed up to take a workshop, there are a few still available, including one of smARTStudio's famous portrait-painting parties, and a kid-friendly craft area….. where you can DROP YOUR KIDS OFF WHILE YOU SHOP. It’s a gift for both parents and kids!

Click here to see all the classes still available.

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5. SHOP!

One of the coolest things about shopping at Crafty Mart is that you can purchase items directly from the people who make them. Here is a complete list of our vendors and which venue you can find them in so that you can make your list.

6. EAT!


Urban Eats at Musica will be serving up their famous pizzas, soups and sandwiches throughout the event.

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At the Akron Art Museum, the Q Cafe serves snacks, sandwiches, coffee and a fine selection of local craft beers on draft.  

On the 3rd floor of the Summit Artspace, we have our Crafty Cafe, featured earlier on our blog.  There will also be beautifully frosted cookies by Bake @ 350, Jingle Berry Jam by none other than Jimmy's Jam, salty noshes offered up by Savory Snackage and a host of other foodie vendors.  Fill your belly AND your holiday stocking here!  We will also be serving craft beer and mimosas!

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While you are downtown, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from!  Some of our favorites are CraveThe Lockview and Blu Plate.  
 

7. MAKE A DAY OF IT!

Why not spend the whole day enjoying our beautiful downtown?

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If you need a break from shopping, go see a film! Right in the Crafty Mart footprint is Akron's only indie cinema, The Nightlight. They are located on High Street, just two doors down UnCorked Wine Bar and the High Street Hop House. There's only 50 seats in the theater, so you might want to buy tickets ahead of time!  

The Welcome Santa Parade starts at 11am at Lock 3 Park on Saturday, or you can plan to enjoy Ice Skating at Lock 3 after visiting Crafty Mart!


And get this....Musica has Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan that evening!  If you are so inclined, grab a ticket to the show and stick around.  See?  Plenty to see and do in Downtown Akron this Saturday!  We told you!

We can't wait to see everyone this weekend! For more information, check out our Facebook event and make sure to RSVP! 

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