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thanks for a great show + save the date!

Thank you to all the fine folks who came to Crafty Supermarket on Saturday! Our 50 vendors from across the country brought their A game, and we brought our credit cards. About 1,400 shoppers came out to be with us on the beautiful spring day, and we had extra visitors in the form of three gigantic bean bags called PLOP! (They’ll be on the CCAC lawn for the next few weeks.)

Our wonderful sponsors helped make it all happen, and DJ Ben Davis kept us grooving all day. Thank you to Pinwheel Print Shop for designing our swag totes and Aaron Kent of DIY Printing for screenprinting them! We love how SPRING they turned out:

Stuffing swag bags! Designed by @pinwheelprintshop and printed by @diyprinting! #theswagisthebag

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Big hugs go out to our volunteers for helping us set up and keep things running smoothly! Thanks to Indigo HippoArtWorks Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center education team and Cut and Sewn for helping everybody get crafty with hands on activities all day!

Straight chillin' at #craftysupermarket @artworkscincy @ccaccincinnati

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Shoutouts to Dojo GelatoFireside Pizza WagonLa Terza Artisan Coffee RoasterieMacaron BarQuite Frankly and Street Chef Brigade for keeping us well-fed throughout the day!

The menu for @quitefranklyllc! #foodtruck #cincinnati

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Here are a few more of our favorite photos from the day:

It's a beautiful day to get crafty! #craftysupermarket #cincinnati #craftshow we're open until 6!

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On deck for final touches at #craftysupermarket #crochet #amigurumi #recycledyarn #cat and #rabbit

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#Plop – me and my mom went #plop

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Because our usual holiday venue of Music Hall is going under renovation this summer, our next show will be at a new venue! On Nov. 19, 2016, we’ll be taking over the gymnasium in the UC Recreation Center, in the heart of the University of Cincinnati campus in Clifton Heights. Application info for vendors will be posted in July. Stay crafty!

Chris + Grace

PS! If you love the Clifton Cultural Arts Center as much as we do, please follow the Friends of the CCAC Facebook page to stay up to date on their fight to stay in their building. There is a very real danger that the CCAC could be kicked out of its home of nearly a decade. Speak up and tell the school board why you love the CCAC!

today is the spring show!

Who’s ready to get crafty? The spring Crafty Supermarket show is today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati’s Clifton Gaslight District, with 50 awesome vendors, delicious local food, hands-on craft activities and the stylings of DJ Ben Davis. See you there!

Check out our insider shopping guide for everything you need to know to have an awesome day at our show, including parking information!


What: Crafty Supermarket’s Spring Show!
 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: Free to the public!

get crafty at our spring show!

Feel like getting crafty yourself? While you shop at Crafty Supermarket on Saturday, May 7, you can also try your hand at some crafts provided by local arts organizations! Here’s what you can make at the show:

Indigo Hippo — all day!

Create a glitter jar that’s like a mini snow globe! Sometimes a moment to process what you’re feeling is all you need. Watching something soothing slows down your breathing and helps your mental and emotional body reset. You can also get creative with some coloring pages — it’s your call whether to draw inside or outside the lines. Indigo Hippo will also be collecting gently used art supplies!

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ArtWorks Cincinnati — all day!

You’ve seen the amazing murals that ArtWorks creates around Cincinnati. Do you have a great idea for a mural yourself? You can draw your own with coloring pages from ArtWorks!

Contemporary Arts Center — 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The education team from the Contemporary Arts Center will be on hand with custom coloring pages as well as all the makings to create your own floral crown.

Cut and Sewn — 2:30 to 6 p.m.

This Northside seamstress will be leading Learn To Sew Mini Session to show you how to sew on a button. Take back your shirts by learning the essential skill of sewing on those pesky buttons. Learn to thread your needle correctly, make a know that will last, and sew on a button that will actually stay on. Cut and Sewn will provide buttons, thread and needles along with an instructional zine with everything you need to know.

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may art, craft and design events in cincinnati

Hoo boy, there are so many artsy craftsy things to do in Cincinnati in May! Festival season is really kicking off, and we’ve got an embarrassment of riches in the Queen City:

  • May the Fourth Be With You: Experience Star Wars through art at the Brew House in Walnut Hills on Wednesday, May 4.
  • Drink and Draw: Have a whale of a good time at this monthly art happening at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, May 5.
  • Teen Art Thing: Teens can get crazy with art at the CAC the evening of Friday, May 6.
  • Crafty Supermarket! Our spring show is happening 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, May 7.
  • Spring Pottery Fair: The Clay Alliance takes over Woodburn Avenue in Walnut Hills on Saturday, May 7. 
  • Rhinegeist Maker Day: The Makerspace at the downtown library is hosting a day of making at everybody’s favorite OTR brewery on Saturday, May 7.
  • Northside Art in the Park: Artists will take over Hoffner Park all day Saturday, May 7.
  • Incline District Street Fair: Celebrate East Price Hill at this monthly summer event starting Saturday, May 14.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb is starting an urban market of its own on Saturday, May 14.
  • Sunset Salons: Art and Antiques: Learn about the appraisal process at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18.
  • The City Flea + Art on Vine: The first Flea of the year corresponds with Art on Vine and Summer Celebration at Washington Park in OTR on Saturday, May 21.
  • Art After Dark: Party at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, May 27.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, May 28.

essential shopper info for our spring show

Are you super excited for the spring Crafty Supermarket show? We sure are, and so are our 50 awesome crafters, artists and designers! Here’s all the info you need to have a successful day at our craft show, including insider advice, a parking map and detailed directions.


What: Crafty Supermarket’s Spring Show!
 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: Free to the public!


The Clifton Cultural Arts Center in the Gaslight District is at 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220. It’s right at the corner of Clifton and McAlpin avenues. The 17, 19, 51 and 78 buses have stops within a half-mile of the CCAC. Get more details at

Here are detailed Google Maps directions:


The closest parking is in the Clifton Recreation Center lot right behind the CCAC. You can also park by the Fairview German School — enter from McAlpin Avenue or from Clifton Avenue — or use the lot behind the Church of the Nazarene on Clifton Avenue. There’s also plenty of free street parking around the Clifton Gaslight neighborhood. If you’d like to take a stroll, the CCAC is only a 15-minute walk from the Ludlow business district, where there are also public parking lots. Here’s a map of where our shoppers can park:

CCAC crafty supermarket parking map

Insider advice

  • Got a wheelchair or a stroller? There’s an elevator on the west side of the building off the driveway between the CCAC and the recreation center.
  • Want one of our 100 swag bags? Plan to arrive early! By the time the show starts at 11 a.m., we usually have a line.
  • If you arrive at the CCAC before the show opens at 11 a.m., please wait outside. People will still be setting up their displays, and things can get a little crazy in there!
  • Many of our vendors accept credit cards, but not all of them do, so we recommend bringing cash to the show. There’s no ATM on site, but there are plenty on Ludlow Avenue, about a half-mile south of the CCAC.
  • Want to shop in peace? We totally understand—some folks just don’t like crowds. If you prefer to leisurely peruse all our vendors’ wares, come in the afternoon! Things usually slow down after 3 p.m. Our vendors bring plenty of stock, so you don’t have to worry about people being sold out!
  • We love animals, but please don’t bring your dog inside the CCAC during the show unless it is a service animal!
  • If you’ve got kids in strollers, we recommend coming to the show in the afternoon. Things can get very crowded, which can be overwhelming for tots!
  • If you wanna get crafty, we’ll have free hands-on craft activities all day, provided by the Contemporary Arts Center in the first half of the show and Cut + Sewn in the afternoon, as well as Indigo Hippo and ArtWorks Cincinnati.
  • DJ Ben Davis of Bad Veins will be spinning tunes all day.
  • We’ll have six local food vendors at the show with tasty treats!

great eats at our spring craft show

Getting crafty can really work up an appetite! Lucky for you, we’ve got great local food vendors who are going to be with us for our spring craft show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 7! Here are all the things you can eat:


Dojo Gelato: Delicious gelato in limited edition flavors! They’re now expanding from their home in Findlay Market to Northside!

Fireside Pizza Wagon: We loved their brick oven pizza even before they opened their great restaurant in Walnut Hills! They’re firing up the mobile oven for us on May 7.


La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie: Excellent espresso and coffee drinks to help keep your energy up!



Macaron Bar: Colorful almond cookies in flavors you wouldn’t believe! This shop started in OTR and now has outposts in Hyde Park, Kenwood and Loveland!


So many new choices on the truck this season. Frank's Reuben, Granny Brie, Big lil' Phil…to name a few…plus our frank fan favorite!!!

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Quite Frankly: Hot dog! This mobile food vendor specializes in tasty meats. 


Finalizing the Spring Menu for 2016! 51 days until we launch our everyday schedule!

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Street Chef Brigade: Street food with an attitude! The menu changes daily, but you can count on it to be hearty and comforting!

RSVP for our spring show on Facebook here, and invite all your friends!

Save the Clifton Cultural Arts Center!

When we started Crafty Supermarket seven years ago here in Cincinnati, we were filling a need that had previously been unmet for a place for modern crafters and avant garde artists to meet and sell their work. Our first event at the Northside Tavern in 2009 drew 1,000 shoppers over the course of six hours, way more than we had expected. During the rush of that first show, Ruth Dickey, then director of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, approached us about having our next show at the CCAC, a venue we had dreamed of using but had assumed was too expensive. We were wrong! That next spring, we filled the CCAC with 1,600 people and 45 crafters, and we grew with each subsequent event there.

Six years later, our spring Crafty Supermarket shows draw more than 2,000 shoppers each year to the CCAC, a venue that we love not only for the incredible staff and volunteers but for the building’s historic charm. Since we only do two shows a year, the CCAC itself has become part of our culture, and we love taking over the entire first floor with makers from all over the Midwest.

Now the Clifton Cultural Arts Center needs our help. 

The Fairview Clifton German Language School across the street is facing overcrowding issues because of increased kindergarten sizes. Cincinnati Public Schools last fall approached the CCAC about renting a number of classrooms to use for overflow space. (The CCAC has a 30-year lease on the building from CPS, and the CCAC is financially responsible for the building’s maintenance and capital improvements. According to the lease, the CCAC may rent space back to the school district at market rates if the space is available.) Negotiations stalled, and the CCAC assumed that CPS had come up with an alternative idea. Then in January the CCAC was notified by the district lawyer that it was likely the district would exercise the clause in their lease that would allow them to cancel the lease with one year’s notice. That would mean that as of spring 2017 the Clifton Cultural Arts Center would no longer have a home.

We have a personal stake in the outcome: Our relationship with the CCAC has brought us to many other events there over the years including Wednesdays on the Green, numerous art openings, Sunset Salon sessions and more. These events, along with Crafty Supermarket, are vital to the local Clifton community as well as Cincinnati at large. The CCAC fills another unique need in Cincinnati: Very few venues in the city have more than 5,000 square feet of space for events, and even fewer have the charm of the CCAC. It would be a disservice to the community if the Clifton Cultural Arts Center lost its building, and our spring show would no longer have the room to take place in the Gaslight District, our home for so many years.

The CCAC has a number of proposals for how they can happily co-exist with CPS, and the Clifton community passed a resolution its Town Meeting this past Monday that it wants to work towards a solution in which the CCAC continues to grow in its current location while CPS ensures that children in the neighborhood have good educational opportunities. And the Cincinnati City Council this week passed a resolution in favor of preserving the CCAC. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.

If you love the Clifton Cultural Arts Center as much as we do and want to see it exist for many years into the future, please wear a red shirt to the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday! The BOE meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Auditorium at the Education Center at 2651 Burnet Ave. in Corryville.

And you can use this image (featuring a linocut by Steam Whistle Letterpress of the historic Clifton School building) as your Facebook profile image — share away!


april art, craft and design events in cincinnati

It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the spring weather while supporting local artists! These are the best crafty things to do in Cincinnati that we know about for April:

  • Essex Studios Art Walk: Explore all the artists inhabiting this Walnut Hills studio center the evenings of Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.
  • Crafty Mart Mom and Pop Shop: Going up north? Hit up this indie craft show in Akron, OH, on Saturday, April 2.
  • The City Flea: Shop at a mini-market in honor of the Reds’ Opening Day in Washington Park on Monday, April 4!
  • Makerspace: Circuit Circus: Be a part of a crazy project for the Oxford Kinetics Festival at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, April 6.
  • Drink and Draw: Get artsy in the lobby of the CAC with L.D. Nehls on Thursday, April 7.
  • Tidal Arts x Tech Challenge: ArtsWave is connecting the arts and tech communities in this weekend-long hackathon Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10.
  • Art on Vine: Shop with lots of local makers at Rhinegeist on Sunday, April 17.
  • Oxford Kinetics Festival: Makers rejoice at this family-friendly festival on the campus of Miami University on Sunday, April 17.
  • Craftin’ Outlaws: This major craft show in downtown Columbus, OH, is all day Saturday, April 24.
  • ArtWorks Breakfast: Join city leaders for networking and talks at the Duke Energy Center on Tuesday, April 26.
  • DAAPworks: See the best work from UC’s design, art, architecture and planning students from Tuesday to Saturday, April 26 to 30.
  • Bloomington Handmade Market: Take a little trip to Bloomington, IN, for this sweet indie craft show on Saturday, April 30.

Our next show is Saturday, May 7, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati’s Gaslight District. See you there!


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