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essential info for shoppers

Are you ready for the big Crafty Supermarket holiday craft show? We sure are, and so are our 100 vendors! Here’s all the info you need to have a successful day out, including insider info, a parking map and detailed directions to Music Hall.

Essentials

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017
Where: Music Hall Ballroom at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: Free to the public!

Directions

The Music Hall Ballroom at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, on the southern end of Music Hall, right across the street from Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. Many buses stop within a few blocks of Music Hall — plan your trip at Go Metro.

Here are detailed Google Maps directions to Music Hall:

Parking

Music Hall is right next to Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, with plenty of parking nearby. The garage across Central Parkway is open but you will have to walk around to the Elm Street entrance now that the covered skywalk is gone. There’s also easily accessed parking under Washington Park — from there you’ll go across Elm Street and take the stairs up to the ballroom or use the newly installed passenger elevator for easy access.

 

Insider advice

  • Want one of our 100 swag bags? Arrive early! By the time the show starts at 11 a.m., we usually have a good line going. The swag bags will be available from the Elm Street entrance.
  • If you arrive at the Music Hall Ballroom before the show opens at 11 a.m., please wait in line. The line forms outdoors so come prepared and bring a friend to keep you company! We can’t allow shoppers in the venue until the show officially starts for everyone’s safety!
  • Many of our vendors accept credit cards, but not all of them do, so we recommend bringing cash to the show. There are ATMs in Washington Park across the street if you need one.
  • We love pets, but the only animals allowed inside the show are service animals.
  • Ben Davis of Bad Veins will be spinning tunes all day as our in-house DJ.
  • If you prefer to leisurely peruse all our vendors’ wares, come in the afternoon! Things will slow down after 4 p.m., and our vendors are well-stocked so you don’t have to worry about missing the good stuff!
  • In terms of food at the show, we’ll have food trucks outside and some food vendors inside, plus a cash bar.
  • Music Hall is located in the heart of OTR. You can easily spend a whole day in the neighborhood. The OTR Chamber has a great map you can explore here! There are tons of great shops to check out. Make a day of it!
  • Washington Park has newly renovated their Southwest Porch. Finish up your day with a craft beer! See more about their specials and event here.
  • Are you curious about the Music Hall renovation beyond the ballroom? Sign up for the 1:00 tour on December 2 while tickets last. Purchase tickets here. The place is gorgeous! You wanna see it.

Finally, if you want to scope out the talent before you arrive, the full vendor list is here. Make your list and check it twice! Thank you so much for checking out our show and supporting handmade at the longest standing indie crafty show in Cincinnati. We can’t wait to see you!

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Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide

This weekend kicks off the holiday shopping season. We know you are DYING to shop at Crafty Supermarket’s holiday market on December 2 at Music Hall but also might have a few things you want to mark off your list this weekend. An investment in your local community is more likely to stay in your local community than if you spend it in a big box store or even online from the comfort of your own home. There are some great shops around our beautiful city that will treat you right and help you find what you are looking for. Here’s our guide! Start by waking up at a respectable hour and proceed down the list.

Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

First start your morning at Redtree Gallery and Coffee Shop in Oakley, you can get your coffee fix and check out local handmade items while you do it. Relax and enjoy yourself! Ask the staff there for other shop recommendations around there. There are tons to chose from.

Tara Heilman owner of Robot Inside

Swing up to Robot Inside. Tara the owner is the nicest person ever and she offers handmade goods plus you can sign up for classes while you are at it!

Silk Road Textile

Now it’s time to stock up on supplies so you can start making yourself!  Head to Silk Road Textiles in College Hill. They have the yummiest yarn and fabric selection and you can  sign up for classes. If you need more caffeine you can refuel at College Hill Coffee. You can also stop by Fern to grab some plants to keep your house feeling alive as we head into winter.

NVISION

Next you’re going to head down the hill  into Northside. In route you are going to stop off at Nvision. She offers an impressively curated collection of vintage clothing and furniture. Forget the midcentury modern remakes that are everywhere right now, she has the REAL DEAL! She also has a small selection of handmade goods too and regular art openings.

Shake It Records

It’s time  to head to Shake It Records, if you need more vintage, you can also stop at Chicken Lays and Egg on your way. Shake It is famous for their record collection but they also have an amazing book, card and gift section. As you head in, admire the handprinted store front sign as you walk in. It’s sweet!

The Hoop and Needle

Next make your way up to the Chocolate Bee where you can buy beautiful chocolate gifts made by Chocolats Latour and beeswax goods made by Bee Haven Honey.  A few doors down you’ll find The Hoop & Needle, they offer an amazing assortment of stitching supplies.  Their store front is also the BEST. If you need more vintage before you leave Northside, Casablanca has you covered!

Dojo Gelato

Ok, now it’s time to head downtown. Stop by Findlay Market for lunch at Eli’s BBQ and grab a treat from Dojo Gelato. They are a magical pair. Be sure to wander through the market before you head down to Mica 12/v. I’d like to live inside this shop. It is so well curated and just perfectly arranged. You can find a gift for every person on your list here.

Lucca Laser Workshop

Then you’ll walk a few blocks to Main Street, grab a snack at Macaron Bar before you hit Lucca Laser Workshop and Indigo Hippo! Lucca has amazing custom options as well as ready to buy pieces. Indigo Hippo offers repurposed supplies and they have a great show hanging right now featuring local artists!

Handzy Shop and Studio

Now it’s time to head over to Covington, yes technically you aren’t in Cincinnati anymore BUT this place is worth the trip away from home, Handzy is an awesome little retail shop and design studio offering a variety of handmade items. It’s all run by two BFFs. Tell them we said HI!

Manitou Candle

Last of all you need something for yourself so you can go home and relax. Head east to Manitou Candle Co., they have every scent you’ll ever want! Perfect gift for those people you love who have everything or it’s the perfect touch to make your house all cozy as you put up for feet for the night. They are also super nice peeps.

What an exhausting day! This list is absolutely not complete, we actually started out with a goal to list ten businesses but got carried away. There are tons of other local businesses to support in our awesome city of entrepreneurs and makers. Get out there but make sure you save some funds for Crafty Supermarket on December 2 at Music Hall y’all! You’ll find many of these business there and much more.

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New Vendor Spotlight

We are beyond excited about the holiday edition of Crafty Supermarket on December 2 at the newly renovated Music Hall. This is our 8th birthday and 17th show! To celebrate, we are excited to welcome some fun sponsors and partners to offer hands-on experiences for our shoppers in addition to our  90+ handmade makers. You can check out the food vendor list here and the makers list here.

Our vendor list is HOT! After 17 shows we want to keep it fresh and local while bringing in new vendors from across the midwest and beyond. Here are the stats:

  • 45% of the vendors are from Cincinnati
  • 62% are from Ohio
  • 36% are from out of state
  • 22% of the vendors are showing at the show for the first time

Speaking of new vendors, check them out:

Allison Larsson, Cincinnati, OH

And Here We Are, Columbus, OH

Betty Hatchett Designs, Cincinnati, OH

Chertova, Cincinnati, OH

EB Quilts, Cincinnati, OH

Erin Marie Art, Cincinnati, OH

Flair City Supply Co., Arnold, MO

Four Eyes Ceramics, Cincinnati, OH

H&B, Cincinnati, OH

Home Ec, Indianapolis, IN

Marissa the Gemini, Cincinnati, OH

Mcmullen Fiber Co., Cincinnati, OH

Queen City Scrub, Cincinnati, OH

The Ramp Hatchery, Cincinnati, OH

Slothmas, Cincinnati, OH

SKT Ceramics, Cincinnati, OH

 

 

 

 

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Holiday 2017 Food Vendors!!!

Everyone knows it’s not wise to shop on an empty stomach. There are a lot of talented makers to see so you need your energy! We have all of your meals covered including lunch, second lunch, third lunch and dessert. Here’s our delicious food vendor line up for December 2nd at Music Hall:

Dojo Gelato our friend from the beginning! It’s not a Crafty Supermarket with out a sweet treat from our friends at Dojo! If you missed the summer season at their new Northside location, don’t worry, they’ll be serving at Crafty Supermarket all day!

Eli’s BBQ will be vending our show for the first time with a limited but delicious menu. If you have’t had Eli’s we are very sorry for you, what have you been doing! We are here to fix that! Come hungry people.

Fireside Pizza  is back to fill all of your pizza fantasies. It’s fast, it’s good, it’s just the fuel you need to spend all of your money shopping.

La Terza Coffee brings you fresh and hot coffee and lets you take some home with you to brew later! Don’t forget about your caffeine loving friends, this coffee makes a great gift too!

Macaron Bar is the edible version of Crafty Supermarket perfectly packaged for you to take home and enjoy later. You could buy them for a friend but you’ll probably end up eating them. It’s okay. Judgement free zone.

Quite Frankly HOTDOGS! For real, their menu is delicious and features sandwiches and hotdogs. Something for everyone on this menu!

Tin Man Grill New vendor alert! We are excited to welcome this new vendor to the show. Their set up is super cool! Visit their website to read about how they got started and to drool over their food. Make your shopping list AND your menu people!

 

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Applications Now OPEN!

crafty supermarket music hall 2014We are so excited to return to the Music Hall ballroom on December 2nd for the holiday edition of Crafty Supermarket. Applications are now open. Are you a shopper? Mark your calendars! Are you a maker looking to sell your goods? Apply! Do you know a maker who should apply? Harass them!

If you are just finding Crafty Supermarket for the first time you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop. You can also check out the maker list from past shows to get an idea about what you’ll find at our next show.

Thanks for tuning in, see you in December!

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may arts, craft and design events

One Night One Crafty: CAC

If you attended Crafty Supermarket and want more or missed the show and need a fix, we’ve got you covered with this list of May events. Get out there and explore our city.

  • Contemporary Arts Center presents Children’s Rainbow Opening : Ugo Rondinone: Nearly 5,000 children helped create a massive wall of rainbow drawings for the CAC’s Ugo Rondinone: let’s start this day again. Join the CAC to celebrate Ugo and all the children artists on Saturday, May 6.
  • Spring Pottery Fair: 17 Annual even presented by the Clay Alliance at DeSales Corner on Saturday, May 6.
  • Power of Us Opening Reception: Join C-LINK Gallery and Pam Kravetz in celebrating female power! This group exhibition, featuring a wide range of artists and mediums, is an exploration of the changing conception of female strength in a new political era. Check out the opening reception on Thursday, May 11. 
  • CAC One Night One Craft: DIY Protest Art: Share your voice with your community. Join artist Anissa Lewis and create protest art- using non-permanent eco friendly methods on Wednesday, May 17.
  • Art on Vine: A monthly local fine arts and handmade sale this month at Washington Park on Friday, May 19.
  • City Flea + the OTR Summer Celebration: Urban Flea market with something for everyone Saturday, May 20. 

We’ll add events as they pop up through the month of May. if we missed something, please shoot over an email!

 

 

thanks again cincinnati!

Wow. Thank you to everyone who came out to shop at the spring edition of Crafty Supermarket. The day started out rainy and gloomy but ended with sunshine and lots of smiles. We still had a great turn out once the storm decided to move on and there are so many people to thank for a great day.

  • Usually we thank the shoppers first but this year we are starting with the makers who loaded in during the crazy, scary storm. We had 50+ vendors who were craft show bosses and persisted through epic rain to set up on time. The storm hit quick and hard as best illustrated by Ellebrux maker Laura Brooks walking in soaked to the bone holding her unopened poncho in her hand. That pretty much sums up how the morning went in addition to the fact that the power went out and Vintageliz was momentarily stuck in the elevator. So THANK YOU MAKERS! You are some determined maker BOSSES!
  • Thank you shoppers! The weather could have scared you away but we still had an indoor line forming through the basement floor of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center anticipating our doors opening at 11 and the stream of shoppers was steady all day.
  • Thank you A.P. Loves Designs for designing the latest Crafty Supermarket tote! It made our first shoppers and volunteers very happy! Thanks to DIY Printing for screening the bags AND for vending your first but hopefully not last Crafty Supermarket.
  • Thanks to our volunteers who helped throughout the day. We had several returning helping hands and a few new faces who rocked it through the rain to make sure our vendors and shoppers had help, food, and were well hydrated. Special thanks to Lauren and Stephanie who were there all day to help out!
  • It wouldn’t be a show without delicious food. We lost a few vendors due to weather but a huge thanks goes out to Best Thing Smokin’ who got there through the storm, waited it out and then served food all day and smiled the entire time. They are the nicest people too by the way! Big thanks to our indoor food vendors Dojo Gelato, Macaron Bar and La Terza. These four made a perfect menu for the day!
  • Big thanks to our sponsors for supporting and empowering this show and the makers we showcase. All of our sponsors are pretty rad businesses doing things to make our city even better every day.
  • Thanks to our RAD LIVE DJ Ben Davis for playing tunes during the times where we had power. When he’s not at his DJ post at Crafty Supermarket you can find him here or here.
  • Last but not least thank you to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. You have been our spring home for 7 years. Your staff are some of the kindest people we know. This was the most trying event we’ve had with the weather and the power and the elevator but the team was so awesome and supportive the entire time. We hope you all land in a forever home soon or CPS realizes they are being jerks. No matter where you land, you’re going to keep fostering great things in the community. Thank you for that.

Now what’s next?! We are moving back to Music Hall for the holiday show on December 2, 2017 (ignore the program which said 2018, ugh). Stay tuned for vendor applications to open mid-July. YAY! If you are interested in volunteering or supporting the show in any way, shoot over an email. If you want regular updates from Crafty Supermarket, sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Instagram or like us on Facebook to keep in touch.

Here are some highlights from the show we found on the old Instagram:

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It ain't a crafty supermarket til there's a baby passed out under my table 😴😴

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Spring 2017 Maker Spotlight

One of the best parts of each show is getting to meet new makers from all over the Midwest and beyond. The Spring edition of Crafty Supermarket has a great mix of returning favorites and makers who are selling at our show for the first time. Check out some of the new makers and their work and be sure to say hi on Saturday, April 29 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center! You can find the full list of makers here.

Alex Frank Paints

Dear Ollie

Glam & Grace

Glass Action!

Handy Shop + Studio

Manitou Candle Co.

Megan Lynn Kott

Sister Golden Hair

Strange People Store

Under Aurora

Yetunde Rodriguez Design