Meet the Makers: May 20th
Saturday May 20th in Market Square Park (across from the West Side Market) you can shop with us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There's something for everyone! Enjoy the beautiful weather and spend the day in Ohio City. Plan for brunch or lunch nearby. We can't wait to see you!
Jennifer E Couch, Jenci
"Bags and purses made from reclaimed materials such as wool suit jackets, car seatbelts and cork tree bark. Each bag is unique and created one at a time. Design elements from the original materials are individually worked onto each bag. This is a great way to highlight its reclaimed nature and show a commitment to upcycling and sustainability."
Shoneice Barton, A Bit of Beauty
"I am an online hat salon; I design mostly wool fedora hats. Some of my designs are one of a kinds. My inspiration comes from things that surrounds me, even you! Every hat I design is special to me, I create with meraki! "
Danielle Gura, Firelands Wax
"Firelands Wax is a local small batch soy candle company specializing in premium quality candles for thrifty and eco-conscious people! I believe that reducing, reusing, and recycling is as good for the wallet as it is for the planet, and so to be mindful of both, I use only thrifted, upcycled, reusable, and/or recyclable vessels as candle containers. This not only helps keep costs down in a world of ever rising prices, but also reduces our impact on the planet by extending the life cycle of ordinary things! I use 100% USA grown soy wax, pure cotton wicks, and non-toxic fragrance oils and also offer a re(fill) service for people wishing to be extra thrifty, to leave a smaller footprint, or both! My scents are inspired by the seasons and flavors of Northern Ohio and are meant to showcase my favorite things about this region at any given time. Lastly, each candle is made to ensure a slow, even burn that leaves the sides of the container free of wax for maximum longevity, efficiency and ease of cleaning or recycling. It's my hope that my candles leave a small print on the earth and your purse, but a big one on your heart and your home!"
Kyle Kukwa, Mirrored K Studio
"Functionality drives my creation. I design my pots to be used regularly, featured in everyday life, and shared. I strive to create beauty in function. My pots stimulate the senses: comfortable contour in the hand, pleasant tactual sensation, and aesthetically attractive. I seek the implementation of my work, not just for it to be displayed high on a shelf for admiration. I create in hopes that my pots are used, chipped, and worn - loved."
Kelly McGreehan, Kay-Em Apparel
"Cleveland and outdoor inspired apparel and merchandise. Using pop culture and the love of the outdoors to create relatable and eye catching products!"
Dawn Shimp, fashionsplatter
"I make vintage-inspired hand-crocheted clothing and accessories. I'm obsessed with yarn and texture and I live to create textiles with a satisfying tactile quality. My current work has a focus on reclaimed fibers and fabrics, in shawls and halters and fascinating hats."
Dillon Bodnar, The Rug Weasel
"Hello, my name is Dillon Bodnar aka The Rug Weasel. I am an independent Cleveland-based fiber artist making decorative tufted rugs for floor and wall! I have been creating since spring 2022 and I'm excited to continue reaching a wider audience with both colorful, original designs as well as re-imaginings of popular characters in rug form."
Lauryn Swanger, Bold Pickins
"Bold Pickins Specialty Pickles. Hand crafted artisanal pickles using fresh ingredients and spices to create flavorful, crisp pickles. Women owned & operated. Cle's Refrigerator Pickles."
Michael Killik, Killikhsc
"Fermented Hot Sauce "
Connor Miko, Wild Northland
"Hello! I design, create, and sell hand-made duck canvas pennants, the majority of which are National Park themed (including a handful of Cleveland designs), branded under Wild Northland. The pennants are hand-made here in Lakewood, using duck canvas and hand-painted. Each is hand-sewn with durable polyester thread, twill tape, solid brass grommets, and stamped with Wild Northland branding. Every pennant is unique—slight imperfections truly make each creation one-of-a-kind."
Kate Craine, Sweet Punkette
"I use previously damaged vinyl records to create clocks and multiple styles of jewelry. 45rpm record clocks are made from the actual 45 record single. They make awesome gifts, especially when customers find that special artist or song! The LP clocks and cuffs are hand painted and the cuffs are hand-sanded and shaped. The earrings are cut from the original record labels- all completely one-of-a-kind. In addition, I make large pendant necklaces featuring tarot cards and celebrity mug shots- they make great conversation pieces! My shop name comes from my nickname given to me by Betsey Johnson. When I worked for her, she would call me her "Sweet Punkette" "
Krystal Tomlinson, Live Dream Create
"Live Dream Create features delightfully handcrafted plushies that are fun for all ages! These plush friends are sewn by Krystal by hand and/or on her handy-dandy vintage sewing machine. She loves sewing with colorful felts, fleeces, and fluffy, cuddly fabrics to bring new friends to life! Her eclectic collection ranges from cute animals and cuddly critters, to playful felt foods, and even playsets. Whether you’re looking for a felt pierogi to commemorate your love for Cleveland’s favorite dumpling, a little bunny to decorate your nursery, some bright fruits and veggies to stock your play kitchen, or even a giant squid to keep you company in your cubicle, you’re sure to find smiles and new friends!"
Cat Mohar, Pink Spike! Studios
"A punky pet shop featuring and made items inspired by the colors and characters of the 90s. Mainly focusing on a punk rock spin with spikes and studs and options for people to match their pets with collars and bracelets for humans as well."
Ashley Smith, Atlas & Aether
"Ashley, the artist behind Atlas & Aether, blends traditional metalsmithing with innovative techniques such as electroforming and 3D printing to create jewelry that is both intricately structured and serendipitously organic. Each piece she creates is a fusion of art, science, and nature; capturing the relationship of the natural and modern world in which the organic and inorganic are delicately intertwined. The art of electroforming reflects the infinite push and pull between nature and structure: nature reclaiming the man-made, man attempting to redirect nature around structure, and back again. The name Atlas & Aether itself is a celebration of the inspiration found in these eternally liminal states. Atlas & Aether showcases natural gemstones, preferring unique stones with character over flawless precious gems. There’s something at every price point, from our popular stacker gemstone rings made in small batches to one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces."
Brittany Korona, Gem & Point
"Gem & Point is an eclectic and nature inspired jewelry line created by artist Brittany Korona. Taking strong influences from nature, Brittany incorporates a variety of organic elements into her work - deer antlers, crystals, feathers, plants and even insects are among the components you will find in her pieces. The technique used to create Gem & Point jewelry is called electroforming, which is a metal plating process were chemicals and alchemy are used to grow copper directly onto an object. This method creates truly unique and organic feeling pieces. Gem & Point's design vibes are eclectic, bohemian, earthy and you can always count on plenty of statement pieces in the mix. Brittany is a bit of a wandering artist and loves to dabble in other mediums - so you might spot a painting or wall hanging piece in the mix, oh and she always comes with a magical assortment of crystals ready to find their new homes. Brittany recently moved back to Ohio after living in Portland, OR for the last 7 years - and is excited to share her work and creations on with a new audience."
Carlie Merkle, Into the Pines Jewelry
"I make small batch handmade jewelry using various techniques such as hammering, adding textures and patinas, and selecting interesting stones that are unique colors and shapes. I work with many different metals and create pieces that you will bring along with you on your adventures! Each piece is handmade in my home studio in Cleveland."
Dylan Kamalay, Water Bear Clay Co.
"Water Bear Clay Co. is a small women-owned business that was established in late 2019 and specializes in handmade polymer clay jewelry. Polymer clay as a material is incredibly lightweight, which allows for statement styles without the sacrifice of comfort. Made with hypoallergenic metals, eclectic shapes, and intentionally mixed colors; we strive to create products with longevity and sustainability in mind. We believe in the playful spirit of water with the way it adapts and forgives, a flexible force of nature that we hope to emulate in our art."
Kerri OConnor, Fleur de Life Jewelry
"It is my passion to create captivating jewelry and cut stones that are alluring, versatile, and vibrant with the feelings of pure joy and inspiration - talismans or amulets to wear throughout the day. It is my intent that this will be passed on to the wearer. Why? If you are happy, you will naturally spread it like wild fire to everyone around you. And then they will feel good too! I use captivating, natural gemstones, lustrous sterling and fine silver, gold-filled and copper metals in my designs. Why? Historically precious stones and metals have been used to embue leaders with strength, courage, will and other positive qualities. And in today's terms, precious metals and gemstones are eco-friendly. They are healthy, naturally beautiful, and feel wonderful against your skin."
Clara Manfredi, C. M.Manfredi’s Emporium of Wonders
"I make monsters."
Lucie Shearer, Shearer Creative Studio LLC
"Lucie is an artist, illustrator, muralist, and designer based out of Columbus, Ohio. Her illustrations are inspired by nature, emotions, and people, and depicted in surreal manners, using themes from fantasy, folklore, science fiction and to tell evocative narratives about the human experience. She paints digitally and traditionally, with brilliant color palettes and interesting textures."
Eli Hobe, Hobe's wooden bowls and spoons
"I turn wooden bowls and other stuff on a wood lathe, and hand carve spoons."
Brooke Belluardo, Clean Life Organics
"At Clean Life Organics, all of our products are handmade in small batches with ingredients that you can read and understand. We only use organic or natural ingredients and never use synthetics such as fragrance oils or dyes. Our products are scented with organic essential oils and colored with natural colorants like clay, charcoal, and juice or powder from vegetables, herbs, and spices. We also use eco-friendly packaging when available, such as glass, aluminum, and compostable bags and labels. "
Charlena Robertson, The Soap Obsession Bath and Body Shop
"The Soap Obsession Bath and Body Shop offers luxurious soaps, lotions, deodorants, and other treats to pamper the skin . Our soap collection even includes something for those with sensitive skin. Our lotions nourish and keep skin hydrated. Our natural deodorants provide a fresh experience. All of our products are handmade with the finest ingredients. Our goal is to make every user feel soft, clean, fragrant, and loved."
DeJah Nixon, Nuni Products
"Nuni Products is a planted-based body-care line, aiming to aid with everyday skin concerns with natural remedies. We are a sister duo, with a passion for formulating and ever-expanding knowledge of the skin, charged to share their creations. We strive to provide a product you're excited to grab each day. Nuni Products creates accessible, quality products that don't hurt your pockets."
Dave Gruss, We Bleed Ohio
"Owner Dave Gruss derives joy from crafting each piece of We Bleed Ohio Apparel with his own hands, evoking a personal connection between the customer and the product. It's not just apparel, but rather a shared experience bringing people together and telling a story. We Bleed Ohio sells Ohio and Cleveland sports-themed designs screen-printed by hand on quality apparel."
Hannah Manocchio, Snakes + Acey's
"Snakes + Acey's is a local woman-owned and operated print shop. We specialize in screen printed apparel, artwork, and merchandise where each piece is drawn, designed, and printed by hand. We strive to make unique, inclusive, and original work ranging from t-shirts to totebags, coasters to journals. Our artwork is inspired by history, symbology, social justice issues, and mental health."
Scott Hudson, Rocket E3
"Rocket E3 is the creative endeavor of Scott Hudson, who lives and works in the North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. Scott designs a line of apparel, posters, stickers and mugs with a unique personality and tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. His work resonates with people who love things like old sci-fi and horror movie posters, vintage comic books, pizza, cats with attitude, and a love of the city of Cleveland and its teams, especially the Browns and Guardians."