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:
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
Glam & Grace
Handy Shop + Studio
Manitou Candle Co.
Megan Lynn Kott
Sister Golden Hair
Strange People Store
Yetunde Rodriguez Design
Thank you for your interest in our spring Crafty Supermarket show! We are EXCITED, 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!
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2917
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 go-metro.com.
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:
- 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 a lighter crowd, 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 in the maker spirit, we’ll have free hands-on craft activities all day, provided by the Fat Quarter in the first half of the show and Indigo Hippo in the afternoon, as well as Queen City Clay, DIY Printing, Cincinnati Art Museum and ArtWorks Cincinnati.
- DJ Ben Davis of Bad Veins and PictureMusic will be spinning tunes all day.
- We’ll have seven local food vendors at the show with tasty treats including:
La Terza Coffee
Street Chef Brigade
Best Thing Smokin’
Let’s get real, we just have this show so we can invite our favorite food vendors over for a picnic! We have everything you need to fuel your handmade shopping day on Saturday, April 29 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
Best Thing Smokin‘
Fireside Pizza Wagon
Street Chef Brigade
Crafty Supermarket, Saturday, April 29.
Spring is here for real this time! Last month was just a trick on all of us. Get out and enjoy it before it becomes too hot for life which could basically happen tomorrow. There’s so much to do.
- Manifest Gallery: Two day model session on April 1-2.
- Blink Artist Info Session: BLINK is a unique and innovative community event. This session will allow participants to meet the planning team to learn more about the festival and how to submit your design concepts for interactive, light-based sculpture. Thursday, April 6.
- The City Flea: Check out their mini-preview market at 21c Museum Hotel on Saturday, April 8.
- Thunder-Sky Inc.: Otherwise: featuring work by Keith Benjamin, Ben Clark Richard Emery Nickolson opening Saturday, April 8.
- Art & Poetry: Browse the art bazaar in the Farmers Market Farm Shed and the Poetry Slam competition on Sunday, April 9.
- CAC: One Night One Craft: Wear Your Politics: Join artist C. Sprang for a second night of exploring the political commentary behind Andrea Bowers’ exhibition on Thursday, April 13.
- AIGA Cincinnati April Liquid Courage: PICTUREMUSIC Studio Party: take a tour of one of Cincinnati’s best kept secrets, PICTUREMUSIC. Network with other designers and makers from all over the city on Thursday, April 20.
- Macy’s Family Festival: You, Me and Everyone We See where you will get to explore your family identity while discovering our similarities and celebrate our differences on Saturday, April 22.
- Art on Vine: A monthly local fine arts and handmade sale at Rhinegeist Brewery. Next event is on Sunday, April 23.
- Crafty Supermarket Spring Show!!! The vendor list will make you drool! Start planning now and invite your friends for a fun day of shopping and snacking on Saturday, April 29.
This was the toughest show to judge so far. Exactly 200 applications were submitted, with only 50 spots available, there were tons of tough choices made. We found a good balance between new makers, old favorites and a wide range of categories including home decor, jewelry, paper goods, handmade beauty products, kid stuff, fiber, and ceramics just to name a few. Check out the below stats about the upcoming show and more importantly, check out the vendor list and get your shopping list ready! See you on April 29th at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center!
- 28% of the makers are selling at Crafty Supermarket for the first time
- 36% of the makers are from out of state
- 49% of the makers are from Cincinnati
- 85% of the maker businesses are powered by badass women
Here are some highlights!
Lucca Laser Workshop
Leigh Cox Illustration
Spring is coming! Here are several reasons to leave the house and get out into the world again!
- Essex Studio Spring Art Walk: wander the halls of Essex Studio and meet artists in their studios studios, enjoy snacks, and live music. Friday, Mar. 3 & Saturday, Mar 4.
- Craft Menagerie at Bockfest: this awesome show features 20 local artists set up inside Arnold’s Bar and Grill Saturday, Mar. 4.
- Gallery Askew: Proof. Works by Rick Mallette: this new gallery space in Camp Washington is featuring drawings and paintings by Rick Mallette over the past 30 years. He is a Cincinnati gem. Opening Saturday, Mar. 18.
- Creative Encounters: Woodblock Prints: Cincinnati Art Museum: get inspired by the exhibition, Transcending Reality: The Woodcuts of Kosaka Gajin before creating your own on Sunday, Mar. 19.
- Art on Vine at Rhinegiest featuring fine art & handmade goods for sale from 60+ local Cincinnati Artists on Sunday, Mar. 19.
- CCAC Sunset Salons: Coffee: Wednesday, Mar. 22.
- AIGA Cincinnati + WomenUp: Words of Wisdom: Hosted and sponsored by Spicefire, this event honors Women’s History Month with proceeds from the art sales going to Girls with Pearls. Opening reception Friday, Mar. 31.
Did we miss something awesome? Shoot an email over!
We are excited to return to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for our spring edition of Crafty Supermarket on Saturday, April 29th. If you are a shopper, mark your calendars and if you are a maker get your application in by March 1. Do you know someone who should apply? Send them our way! Have you applied in the past but didn’t get in? Don’t be discouraged, we are always trying to mix up our vendors for each show so this could be your year!
Check out the application details here.