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!
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