The Creative Alchemist - Rosemarie Hampp

Artisan:  The Creative Alchemist
Shop Now:  Shop The Creative Alchemist
Website: www.TheCreativeAlchemist.com
Instagram: instagram.com/TheCreativeAlchemistUSA

Hello. I’m Rosemarie Hampp. I’m a self-taught artist, photographer, and designer known as The Creative Alchemist. I create unique items including custom painted wood signs, accessories, wearable art, and photography.

I’ve always loved making art and I became interested in photography in my teens. My Mother was an artist and, after her death in 2006, I developed an overwhelming need to make things. (I believe it was her final gift to me). I bought tools and set out to make things that inspired me. Eventually my house and grounds became filled with my work and people began telling me, "You have such a unique perspective on things. You have to sell your stuff!" It was then that The Creative Alchemist was born.

My business name reflects my vision of creating something extraordinary from something ordinary whether it’s through the re-purposing of items or combining concepts to create something unique. I love the layering of ideas because I think each layer contributes to the strength of the message. Since I don't have formal training, I have no rules. This leaves me open to unlimited possibilities and has allowed me to develop my own unique style. I utilize scraps and discarded or found items in many of my projects, giving them a new life. This includes wood, metal, spare parts, and paint. I want my art to evoke a feeling in people - whether it be serious or whimsical. I want it to move you, to make you think.

I make an eclectic mix of products. I don’t mass produce any items so my favorite design is always the next one I’m working on. I like to work with reclaimed wood and my current favorites and top sellers are American Flags, Thin Blue Line Flags, and Thin Red Line Flags. They are made from reclaimed tongue and groove oak hardwood flooring and wood lath. Many customers have bought them as gifts for Police Officers and Firefighters. They can also be customized with names, departments, badge numbers, you name it!

The Creative Alchemist will be at these upcoming events!
April 28, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
August 4, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
August 18, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

The Urban Oasis Shop - Alina Gardea

Artisan:  The Urban Oasis Shop
Facebook: facebook.com/theurbanoasisshop
Instagram: instagram.com/theurbanoasisshop
Website: www.theurbanoasisshop.com

Hey there! My name is Alina and I’m the owner-creator behind The Urban Oasis Shop. My product line consists of air plant and succulent urban garden arrangements in minimalist animal planters, shells, and geometric terrariums.

I am a self-proclaimed plant addict (and proud of it). My love of urban gardening began when I started a small 4x4 box garden behind my townhome in hopes of encouraging my kids to eat fresh home-grown veggies. The backyard garden quickly expanded to include a container garden of flowers on my balcony and a hydroponic herb garden in my kitchen. Along with the growth of my outdoor gardens came many new houseplant friends, including my now-favorite succulents and air plants! My plant collection was growing rapidly and I decided to start giving plant arrangements as gifts to friends and family. When I realized the happiness and health benefits that plants bring to people, it sparked the idea for starting my business and The Urban Oasis Shop was born!

I have a passion for plants, interior decorating, and the pursuit of inner peace. I strive to incorporate these elements in the arrangements I make. Working with plants is my art and meditation, which I love sharing with people. I like making tiny tabletop terrarium gardens that can be enjoyed at home or work because they bring a little “oasis” to any space. But customer favorites, by far, are my Succupets. The Urban Oasis Shop Succupets are a collection of animal planters with succulents that bring a whole new level of low-maintenance cuteness to the plant collecting game. The animal planters come in all different sizes and include elephants, dinosaurs, unicorns, hedgehogs and giraffes. Another top-selling item is the air plant jellyfish that I craft using air plants and sea urchin shells. These jellyfish can be hung anywhere and add an interesting plant element to any space.

I’m really excited about The Urban Oasis Shop and the journey that I have embarked upon as a business owner. I hope to continue to grow my business and spread the joy of urban gardening through Pop Up Shops and DIY Workshops. I love working with Marketspace Vendor Events because their events and venues are always fun! The Urban Oasis Shop will be appearing at The Hackettstown Pub Crawl on April 13th, Montclair Brewery on June 15th, and Hackettstown Oktoberfest on September 28th. I am always adding new events to my schedule so be sure to catch me when I’m in town and follow the schedule of events on my website and social media.

The Urban Oasis Shop will be at these upcoming events!
April 13, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hopped Up Scavenger Hunt Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
June 15, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Montclair Brewery in Montclair, NJ
September 28, 2019 - 4th Annual Hackettstown Oktoberfest in Hackettstown, NJ

.aym. - Amy Muermann

Hi! I’m Amy, the jewelry artist/metalsmith creator of .aym., a line of handcrafted sterling silver and copper minimalist jewelry. If you had told me 5 years ago that I’d be making jewelry for a living I would have told you that you were crazy, yet here I am doing just that! My formal education is in the physical sciences, majoring in Physics for my undergrad and Chemistry for my master’s degree. I became interested in making jewelry in 2015 when I accompanied a friend to a bead shop. The beautiful colors and shapes of all the different beads were so inspiring to me, and I realized that I had really been missing a creative outlet in my life. As much as I loved looking at all the beads, I didn’t actually wear much beaded jewelry myself, so I decided to learn some metalsmithing so that I could make the jewelry that I really wanted to wear. What began as a creative outlet quickly turned into an obsession that fueled the creation and growth of .aym. My specialty is simple, dainty, minimalist jewelry pieces. I believe there is much beauty in simplicity and strive to create jewelry that is infinitely wearable.

People are often surprised to find out that my background is in science, not art, but there is actually quite a lot of overlap in the skills required for science research and metalsmithing. In addition to the obvious lab skills such as working with fire and chemicals, both occupations involve quite a lot of tedious repetition and intense attention to detail. Therefore, I believe that my training in the sciences actually has had a lot to do with my success in jewelry making. One of my favorite things about the work I do now is that it makes people happy. When I read a glowing online review or talk to a repeat customer at a show and they tell me how special one of my pieces is to them, it makes my day!

A question that I often get asked is, “where does the name .aym. come from?”. The answer is that it is my name, Amy, done differently. This is appropriate since running a jewelry-making business takes all of the skills that I’ve acquired throughout my life and uses them differently. I intentionally chose a name that was not specific to jewelry since I’m also pretty handy with a sewing machine and aspire to one day expand my brand to include sewn accessories such as hats and scarves. That is, if I can ever catch up on jewelry orders! I always love it when online orders come in, but my very favorite part of running a handmade business is doing handmade craft shows and getting to meet my customers in person. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events in this. Helping with everything from product photography to making sure vendors have water to stay hydrated during events, Kim and Kevin are warm and welcoming people with a rare combination of business savvy and a heart for handmade artisans. Marketspace is definitely a promoter that I’m proud to say I’m involved with, and this year I’ll be exhibiting at the Hopped Up Scavenger Hunt Hackettstown Pub Crawl in April and at the Winter Village at the Red Mill in November. Hope to see you there!

.aym. will be at these upcoming events!
April 13, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hopped Up Scavenger Hunt Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
November 29, 2019 - Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ

7ArtisanStreet - Minnie Singh

Artisan:  7ArtisanStreet
E-mail:  minnie@easternbase.com
Facebook: facebook.com/7artisanstreet
Instagram: instagram.com/7artisanstreet
Website: amazon.com/handmade/7ArtisanStreet

Hi! We are Minnie and Nishu Singh, the curators of handmade textile collection, 7 Artisan Street.

Before we tell you about 7 Artisan Street’s mission, let us share 3 life-changing facts that will make you think twice about sustainability:

  1. The United States, alone, sends about 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills every year. This includes pre-consumer, or unused, fabric.

  2. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. An estimated 1 million birds, 100,000 turtles and countless other sea and land animals die from ingesting plastic.

  3. The U.S. cuts down 14 million trees per year to supply raw material for paper, paper shopping bags, and other paper products.

We are bonded first by the same cause of up-cycling and reducing waste, second as sisters-in-law.

While working in corporate for 13 years, we got a chance to study waste and eco-friendly alternatives. It was during this time that we learned about pre-consumer textile waste. It didn’t sit well with us and we knew we had to initiate change. It seemed almost natural for us to quit our respective jobs, put our creative heads together, and deal with the challenges of a start-up business. A year later, 7 Artisan Street was ready to raise awareness (even in small steps) about pre-consumer textile waste to reduce our carbon footprint. We strongly believe in reusable, repurposed, and recycled handmade products made from pre-consumer textiles that we have saved before they hit the landfill.

We source our fabrics simply and easily, direct from textile or flea markets and manufacturers of raw material. We handpick quality fabrics and other materials like wood, beads, lace, buttons, pallets, and iron frames that have otherwise been deemed unusable. We combine elements of paint, wood etching, embroidery, and embellishment to create unique products that resonate with you, our customer. Our year-round best sellers are fabric bags, scarves, and shopping totes that align with the Zero Waste mission. We are always thinking of new products and often surprise ourselves with what we create.

Our last partnership with Marketspace Vendor Events was our first-ever event! We were not just seen as another vendor with products, but a vendor trying to make a difference via sustainability. The response was so encouraging and many customers had great feedback for new products, many of which we have already incorporated into our product line. Large canvas shopping totes, fabric washable fruit and spice baskets, reusable party favor and bridal bags, and up-cycled backpacks for all ages have made their way into 7 Artisan Street.

Only 15% of the 14.3 million tons of textile waste generated in the U.S. every year gets recycled. If it cannot be reused or recycled, simply refuse.

Please stop by our upcoming Marketspace events and share your eco-friendly product ideas with us!

7ArtisanStreet will be at these upcoming events!
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing Spring in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
August 18, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
September 15, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
November 9, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing Fall in Hackettstown, NJ

Contigo By Yenny - Jenniffer Pons

Artisan:  Contigo By Yenny
E-mail:  jen8one@gmail.com
Instagram: instagram.com/contigobyyennydesigns
Website: etsy.com/shop/ContigobyYenny

Hi, all! My name is Jenniffer Pons and I am the hands behind the boho and crystal jewelry designs of Contigo By Yenny!

I am a creative at heart, always finding opportunities to make beautiful things. I'm super inspired by all things fashion as well as the wonderful outdoors. You can see the inspo in all my boho inspired necklaces, bracelets, and earrings!

My journey started with one simple beaded item. A pretty, bejeweled bead strand meant to be worn around the waist. From there I thought "Why not bracelets?" and so on. Now my collection consists of everything from earrings to necklaces and waist chains. My best sellers are hoop and chandelier earrings. My amazing customers love a gorgeous pair of healing crystal earrings that not only look great but carry those good vibes an earthy crystal can bring.

I have so many hopes for my business venture. My main goal right now is to have my pieces sold in boutique stores where my pieces can be touched and best appreciated in-person. I am working toward this goal by starting with my favorite event holders, Marketspace Vendor Events! They are truly THE BEST at putting together amazing events for small business owners like me looking to expand and share their craft with the world. Not only are their vendor events fun for all ages, but they give us a chance to meet other makers, share our experiences, and learn from each other! It has truly been an honor to be able to work with them and I look forward to each and every event I get the chance to be a part of. Contigo By Yenny's journey is just beginning and I cannot wait for my next event with Marketspace Vendor Events at Jersey Girl Brewing on April 6th!

Contigo By Yenny will be at this upcoming event!
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing in Hackettstown, NJ

Our Lady of Hodgepodge - Kristen Pulsinelli

Artisan:  Our Lady of Hodgepodge
E-mail:  ourladyofhodgepodge@gmail.com
Website: www.sarahcatherineart.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ourladyofhodgepodge
Instagram: instagram.com/ourladyofhodgepodge
Website: etsy.com/shop/OurLadyofHodgepodge

Hi! My name is Kristen and I am the owner/creator of Our Lady of Hodgepodge in Annandale, NJ. I love all things crafty and I create wearable art that may change on a whim. Is “Hodgepodge” starting to make sense now? I want to create pieces that everyone will love, but will resonate with one person. I truly want someone to look at my wares and say “OMG, this was made for me!” I’m a punk, a nerd, a scholar, a (dog)mom, an accountant, a dreamer, and an artist. These are the kindred hearts ‘Our Lady’ hopes to touch and inspire.

So down to the brass tax; what is Our Lady of Hodgepodge (OLoH)? It is a confused mixture of wearable art. My three major sellers are The Long Tassel Statement Scarf, The Hodgepodge Scarf, and Dollhouse Miniature Bookmarks. The Long Tassel Statement Scarves are one-of-a-kind crocheted scarves that use various yarn weights, colors, and techniques. They are finished off with 10-inch-long tassels on both ends of a 60-inch scarf. The Hodgepodge Scarf is a triangle shaped scarf made from fabric remnants, mostly donated from other local crafters, which I then sew together using a darning technique and a sewing machine. After washing the stabilizer away, you are left with one cool art piece to wear how you like. Lastly, Dollhouse Mini Bookmarks are made using a 10-inch piece of chain, or ribbon. On either end are a dollhouse mini coffee cup, a tassel, and a mini book for which I shrink down an actual book cover to size. These are usually popular as gifts and are easily customizable.

I must admit, I initially created OLoH because I had already gifted creations to all of my family members and my husband got tired of them taking up space. My husband’s favorite line at craft shows is: “Buy my wife’s stuff, it takes up too much space.” Once we started doing craft shows, and saw that even strangers liked what I made, we decided that this could be a nice niche for me and something we could do together… other than fishing … which is okay too, I guess?

Finding Marketspace Vendor Events has worked well for us because Kevin and Kim are super helpful and knowledgeable about where my creations will sell best. They gave me a whole new avenue of locations, clientele, and groups of vendors to learn from. I think all vendors will agree that Marketspace isn’t pushy and won’t fit you in somewhere just for profit. They are very open when you have questions or need advice on doing a craft show. I didn’t get to do as many with them as I would have liked in 2018, but 2019 is a whole new year, so here we go!

Our Lady of Hodgepodge will be at this upcoming event!
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing in Hackettstown,, NJ

Sarah Catherine Art - Sarah Catherine Maxwell

Artisan:  Sarah Catherine Art
E-mail:  sarahcatherineart@gmail.com
Website: www.sarahcatherineart.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sarahcatherineart
Instagram: instagram.com/sarahcatherineart

Hi! My name is Sarah Catherine Maxwell and I am the New Jersey ceramics artist behind Sarah Catherine Art. I have always been interested in art ever since I was a little girl. However, my interest in ceramics did not start until December two years ago. I was chosen for a leave replacement job as a high school ceramics teacher. Since I wanted a job, I took it even though I had never really used clay before. After the job ended in December, I decided to take a Christmas break three-day wheel throwing pottery workshop to get a better understanding of it. That workshop sparked my infatuation with ceramics. For the past two years I have not stopped taking ceramic classes and pursuing different techniques. My business got started because I no longer had room for all of the handmade ceramic pieces in my house. I sell because I need room to make more!

My latest obsession is with raku ceramic firing. The process of making a raku piece is very involved and keeps you engaged the entire time. I especially love that the artist only has so much control over the colors and patterns. Each time the piece comes out of the raku pit, the finish is a surprise.

My goal for my business is to one day be able to fully pay for my art with my art. Marketspace Vendor Events provides me with the opportunities I need to get my art out in the community.

Sarah Catherine Art will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
May 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ
November 29 & 30, 2019 - Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum 2019 in Clinton, NJ

Little Luna Village - Samantha Jo Wolf

Artisan:  Little Luna Village
E-mail: Hello@LittleLunaVillage.com
Website: www.littlelunavillage.com
Facebook: facebook.com/littlelunavillage
Instagram: instagram.com/littlelunavillage

Hi there! I’m Sam, founder of Little Luna Village. In 2015 I became a wife to an amazing person and on that very same date, May 25th, in 2017 I became a mum to the biggest spark of joy in my life. Early on in my motherhood journey I found that the saying is true, it really does take a village to raise a child. LLV started because I had a need to connect with other parents who lived a natural lifestyle. Parents who questioned everything and only want the best for their family. My spouse lovingly calls it “Punk Rock Parenting”. I was totally stuck and grasping at any opportunity to connect with other moms about the amazing products I found and could make! As a trained screen printer and painter, my passion for printing & creating quickly fell in line with my vision for Little Luna Village. I could curate products for the natural minded community with my own alternative lifestyle spin.

Every single one of the products from Little Luna Village are organic, sustainable and ethically sourced. I’ve had too many opportunities to cut corners, have a larger margin, but feel very strongly that these small seemingly insignificant products are making a difference for the future of our planet. We stock a little bit of everything from beard tonic, bottles made from Mason jars and a whole line of organic graphic tees. Something for everyone in your family! My favorite item to sell is by far our reusable stainless steel straw sets. With a quirky little quote on the bag, it’s a great gift and gateway item to living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Little Luna Village is still in the newborn stage at only 5 months old. I really do hope that I will be able to vend many events to spread awareness, show off some cool product and meet amazing people along the way. I am by nature a social butterfly and love to chit chat, especially when it comes to our planet and eco-friendly parenting. I am so excited to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events in the near future, I am beyond impressed with the ease of sign up and communication the team provides. Cheers to our new relationship!

Little Luna Village will be at this upcoming event!
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

New Jersey Artisan Agave Artworks - Judy Okun

Artisan: Agave Artworks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/create9497/
Website: www.agaveartworks.com
E-mail: judyokun1@gmail.com

My love of the outdoors has inspired my alcohol ink artwork on ceramic and glass. I have been painting, drawing and teaching art for years. Trained as a watercolorist, I began using an incredible medium, alcohol ink, several years ago and love the result. The ink works best on non-porous surfaces and brings out vibrancy, dimensionality and luminosity in my paintings.

Agave Artworks has been exhibited throughout New Jersey at the venues including Voorhees Art Center, the Mullica Hill Art Center, and the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey (Marlton). I’m thrilled to have 50 paintings on display in the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill through December.  I’m a Cherry Hill resident and am excited to bring my artwork northward to The 2nd Annual Marketspace at Westfield this holiday season! Stop by to see hand-painted porcelain ornaments and framed paintings from mini size to 8x8---perfect for holiday décor and gift-giving. Hope to see you on December 15th!

Agave Artworks will be at this upcoming event!
December 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ

Donna Beth Friedlander - Donna Beth LLC

Artisan: Donna Beth LLC
Etsy: www.dbdonnabeth.com
E-mail: donna@dbdonnabeth.com

My journey as a women’s luxury clothing designer began in 2000 after graduating from The Academy of Design in Montreal. I created a line for myself that was versatile, fun to wear, and allowed me to jump on my bike to go to a yoga class then meet a friend for dinner. As I wore my own creations, women of all ages and sizes would approach me to ask where I had purchased my outfits.

This inspired me to launch Donna Beth, a line of elegant, stylish and original clothes for all women to wear. I pride myself on creating timeless and well-made clothes, always maintaining a balance between luxury and comfort. I work with a wide range of textiles, carefully selected, hand-cut and sewn in my New Jersey design studio, that will take you from morning to night without having to change.

I find meaning in putting my best into my designs - not just quality products, but quality experiences and relationships with my amazing, dynamic clients. I LOVE what I do with all my heart! That is why I created my brand and on-line store – to offer original, exciting pieces to suit the diverse lifestyles of women everywhere!

I look forward to returning to The Marketspace at Westfield this weekend. The funky, beautiful space in Downtown Westfield is a perfect match for the vibe of my designs. Stop by to try on a few of my pieces or contact me for a custom fitting.

Donna Beth LLC will be at these upcoming events!
December 8, 9, 15, and 16 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ
May 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hackettstown Maifest in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, August 4, and August 18 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

Roseann Capobianco and Mary Cermak - Launderette

Artisan: Launderette
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bylaunderette
E-mail: roseann.capobianco@gmail.com

Mom (Mary) and I have lived in Cranford, NJ for over 50 years.  We are collectors of many things and have purchased many great pieces at local antique markets that no longer exist. And with that, way too many Longaberger baskets (it was a 90’s spending craze). While I worked in New York City enjoying a global life around shoes, fashion and hosiery, Mom enjoyed life at home. She is creative by nature, an important trait I believe was passed on to me - it’s innate.

Our homes are filled with Mom's creations, new and old, including needlework, holiday decor, quilts, curtains, pillows, ceramics from the 70's and, as it relates to our new chapter, a wonderful laundry bag. As neither of us are getting any younger, I’ve given up the daily trek to NYC and decided it time to spend time with my mom and learn her unique skill. It was finally time and we’re having a blast together.

We are very excited about our handmade drawstring bags. Born as a laundry bag but, can also be utilized in many other ways. For example, storage for toys, seasonal clothes, comforters, and flip flops. It is great for guests at beach houses, filled with their towels, soap, treats, etc. And when it is time for the guests to depart, they can strip their beds and their sheets are ready for laundry. You can even use it as a beach bag!

About 10 years ago, I gifted one to a friend who lives in NYC and she uses it every week for her laundry drops and dry cleaning drops. We can make our bags in many sizes, however I am partial to the large ones. And I admit, I stuff it like a sausage - and it holds! Many of our bags are made with vintage fabrics, pulled directly from Mom’s vault. It truly is a one of a kind, unique gift.

It is also a tried and true method to teach kids to (finally!) put away their worn clothes and is so much more decorative than a plastic basket. I hang mine on my closet door. To add to our product line, we’re also creating lovely aprons.

We are currently in countdown mode to our first ever show! We are launching our brand with Marketspace Vendor Events at their May 19th event, The Marketspace at Summit. We’ve also committed to their November 24th holiday show, Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum, so it will be a busy summer sewing. I’m excited to partner with Marketspace; their concept takes me back to my outings with Mom. I believe in the shop small/local concept AND they also live in my hometown. Lastly, we plan to share a portion of every sale to support victims of domestic violence in Union County, NJ.

Launderette will be at these upcoming events!
May 19, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
November 24, 2018 - Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ

Kristen Bieri - Soulmates + Scripts

Artisan: Soulmates + Scripts
Instagram: www.instagram.com/soulmatesandscripts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/soulmatesandscripts
Etsy: https://soulmatesandscripts.etsy.com
E-mail: soulmatesandscripts@gmail.com

I believe that everyone has a creative side, and that we need to invest time in that side of ourselves in order to become a well-rounded individual. Creativity definitely doesn’t come easily to everyone and I frequently struggle to be creative myself! Soulmates + Scripts is my creative outlet. Soulmates + Scripts was born after my wedding in June 2017. I had spent an inordinate amount of time wedding planning, including making my own handwritten signs, and once the wedding was over, I felt a void in my life. I needed something to fill the time after my full-time job in Corporate Finance and something to bring out the creative side of me.

One of the things I enjoyed most about planning my wedding was picking and making the décor. Full disclosure – I did not DIY everything! I found that handwritten signs really added a personal touch to our wedding décor and I felt a great sense of pride seeing them at our ceremony and reception. Soulmates + Scripts offers a wide variety of handwritten wedding and home décor.

I love custom orders. It is amazing, yet sometimes incredibly difficult, to create a design and bring it to life on wood, canvas, chalkboard, etc. One of my favorite pieces I’ve created so far was a custom baby shower chalkboard sign. My client wanted to incorporate an owl into the design, and I was definitely unsure if I would be able to deliver their vision. The owl turned out better than I could have imagined, and it helped to instill a sense of confidence in me. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to help personalize someone’s special day or be a little part of their home.

Soulmates + Scripts is still a very new business and I am learning every day. My handwriting and designs have come a long way in just 8 months and it is exciting to see my creativity and confidence shining through more and more. I cannot wait to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events at their pop-up shop in Summit, NJ (my home!) on May 19th. To check out my signs for yourself, find me there in person, visit my Etsy shop, or follow me on social media. Keep in mind I can customize anything!

Soulmates + Scripts will be at this upcoming event!
May 19, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ

Carlos Serrano - Empanada Guy

Hi, my name is Carlos Serrano and I am the founder and owner of New Jersey's fastest growing food truck business, Empanada Guy.  I started my journey 16 years ago out of my garage selling empanadas wholesale to restaurants.

We are now famous for our empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, and other Latin cuisine. After the first bite you won’t be able to stop!

Vendor: Empanada Guy
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmpanadaGuy1
Instagram: www.instagram.com/EmpanadaGuy1
Website: www.empanadaguy.com
E-mail: info@empanadaguy.com

In June of 2012, we rolled out our first food truck and, through the help of social media, we have connected with customers and created a loyal fan base. With hard work and interaction with our followers, Empanada Guy has expanded to 9 food trucks, 1 restaurant, and 2 mall locations. Even still, the company continues to grow!

Empanada Guy has popped-up with Marketspace Vendor Events at these locations:
Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ

Joy B - Be The Difference Clothing

My name is Joy. I own a small business called Be The Difference, established in August of 2014. Most, if not all, designs or sayings are created to inspire and encourage the wearer and those who see the designs. Some designs are inspired by personal experiences and others from situations I see or hear. I distinctly remember the moment I decided to design t-shirts. I was driving home from an event when for the first time in my life I saw a person “stuck”. They were literally standing on the corner bent backwards just swaying a little. After I drove by it just hit me! I remember thinking, "What am I doing? I am no different than the next person who just says to themselves 'Wow, so sad'".  I felt could no longer stomach being the passerby. It took guts to overcome the fear of being rejected to create the 'Addiction Kills The Family' t-shirt. My mission lies in comfort and support. Be the Difference offers a range of custom pieces from deep discussion topics to light-hearted playful themes.  Our designs appeal to any age, race or understanding.

My favorite items are the custom inspirational socks. Twelve pairs are designed and broken down into 12 colors so that only one person in the world owns that #btdllc pair of socks. This model ensures a unique product and keeps the creative juices flowing.  My second favorite is the custom onesie. Each onesie delivers a message when it is needed the most. We are creatures of touch, see and hear, so the more we absorb positivity, the more we have a chance at happiness and love. I believe the best time to start is infancy.

With Be the Difference, the sky is the limit. The plan is to keep pushing, keep inspiring, and keep trying to be the difference in this thing called life! Partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events will help us reach an audience we haven’t seen or spoken to. We will encourage each other to not give up or lose hope. If we all do our part, this world will be a better place. 

Sara Youner, L.Ac. - Morning Light Acupuncture

My name is Sara Youner and I have practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine since my graduation from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in December 2015.  Chinese Medicine is my third career; I have been a librarian, practice law and now acupuncture.  However, health and healing were always my deepest interest and I decided it was time.  I lived in Springfield, New Jersey for 27 years with my husband and our 7 children.

My product is actually my medicine.  The purpose of Chinese Medicine is enable the body to heal itself.  We work at clearing the obstacles blocking the body’s energy.  These blockages cause pain, digestive issues, anxiety and insomnia. My practice specializes in neck pain, back pain, and of course stress, the quintessential 21st century ailment. That said, I also offer products that enhance your health.  I have tinctures and liniments from the esteemed Blue Poppy Herbs company out of Colorado.  I love their pain easing products with wonderful names like, Dragon’s Blood, Three Angels or Green Willow Liniment.  My My favorite product is Blissful Feet Foot Soaks made of Tibetan and Chinese herbs traditionally grown and harvested.  These soaks help everything from pain to anxiety and are both and energy enhancing.  I obtain them directly from the importer. calming

My goal for the future is to grow my practice of nourishing and enhancing health.  My plan in partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events is to introduce more people to both Chinese Medicine and “Blissful Feet Foot Soaks” and other herbal especially where they don’t plan to see them.  I’m hoping my slogan of “give health for the holidays” will entice future patients and customers.

Lisa Malchow - Lisa Malchow Studios

Hi, my name is Lisa. After living on the island of Grenada for the last 3 years, I have just relocated to New Jersey.  It was on this gorgeous island that I found my way back to my art; from painting murals at 4-Star Hotels, teaching crazy art classes to the local children, and participating in many of the seasonal arts & craft events.  I’m now working out of my studio at home, adjusting to the lovely New Jersey weather and getting my art ‘out there!’

I started doing Pet Portraiture because I saw that people are CRAZY for their pets, knowing this first hand, of course!  I started painting the pets in the traditional way for awhile, but found that boring. Then I rediscovered my art school background, with YEARS of Art History, I decided to paint the pets as famous portraits.  Yes… this has certainly been done before… but, I GOT IT!  My challenge is to paint the portrait, matching colors and brush strokes of the original to a ’T', and placing the pet as the subject matter.  These are so fun to do that I chuckle to myself the whole time I’m painting.  The 2nd brilliant idea I came up with is painting the pet in a realistic black & white version on canvas fabric and creating a ‘slip-cover’.  I use fabric paint, which is wonderful as it doesn’t smudge and you can hand-wash it if it does get dingy.  They are personalized with the pet’s name, and they make a fabulous gift for someone else who is crazy for their pets, or it does make a sweet ‘memorial pillow’ if the pet has ‘passed’. 

This is my first endeavor with Marketspace Vendor Events, and I think Christmastime is the perfect beginning of our hopefully long relationship.  So come see me on Sat. Dec. 2nd and let’s plan your custom-painted project which you will cherish forever!

Jillian Merolle - Little Lady Big Designs

Hello everyone, I am Jillian of Little Lady Big Designs, where I specialize in the design of custom invitations and personalized gifts. This name is the perfect fit for my business since I stand just under five feet tall and have always had a love for creating impactful designs. I currently live in Cranford, New Jersey with my husband and our cockapoo, Lucy. In no particular order, my favorite things are spending time with my family, traveling around the world, being creative, enjoying good food and wine, and last but not least coffee, lots of it! During the week, I am a full time graphic designer in the fashion industry. Throughout my career I have worked alongside top brands, which has helped me to perfect the art of telling a cohesive message through design. From a young age I always had an eye for the little details and a love for all things paper. Little Lady Big Designs started out as a hobby, but turned into something that I am so passionate about.

I am happy to help you create invitations and stationery items that reflect your unique style and help set the tone for your entire event.  We specialize in weddings, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, religious celebrations, and corporate events. We also offer personalized holiday cards and birth announcements. I am happy to give you a personalized approach to design from start to finish, including all the little details in between. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my client's vision become a reality on paper.

I'm so excited to share my work with the local community at The Marketspace at Westfield on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 10th! Each day we will be raffling off a gift basket that you can enter by simply signing up for our mailing list. We will be offering pre-designed items for purchase such as ornaments, mugs, stemless wine glasses, and wall prints. There will also be customization options available for most products sold. Examples of my custom-made stationery will be on display at the booth. Please stop by to say hello, we can’t wait to meet you!

Jay Macry - Westfield Woodshop

The Westfield Woodshop began as a hobby for me – many years ago, my wife bought me a wood-turning lathe on a whim and explained “I think you will be good at this”! It took some time and a lot of practice, but soon I was creating hand-turned wood pieces for friends and family on a regular basis. I love the feeling of creating something that people really enjoy and cherish and say, “How did you do that?!?”

Some of the most satisfying projects the shop produces come when preserving part of a fallen or special tree for sentimental reasons so that the recipients have something “to remember them by” forever. I also love re-purposing old furniture, floorboards and other items for the same reason. A broken table leg from your great Aunt's dining room can become an heirloom pen or other keepsake!

I hope to keep creating custom pieces for friends and family and I’m really happy to be partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events now and in the future. I see plenty of potential in their concepts and marketing to help me grow my product’s reach.

Carly Surmonte - Car Chet Healing

Hi! I am Carly Surmonte, also known as Car Chet Healing.  Car Chet Healing is what I refer to my holistic health and reiki practice while Car Chet Healing Designs is dedicated to my crystal jewelry sales.  I have my Masters Degree in Holistic Health studies and I am passionate about energy medicine and vibrational healing.  For the past couple of months I have been doing online sales.  I am excited to start getting out and meeting people in person. 

The goal of my small business is to help educate the public on chakra systems.  I sell crystal pendants because I feel that they are an excellent self-care tool that can be used anywhere.   Anyone can benefit from incorporating crystals into their lifestyle, which is why I began making them easily accessible and affordable on either a keychain or on a necklace.  My website and social media presence is dedicated to providing education and raising awareness on how crystal healing can be used as a self-care practice

Car Chet Healing Designs sells a wide variety of crystal pendants and chakra related t-shirts.  Each crystal was specially chosen with certain chakras in mind.  The best sellers are Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, and Opal.  It is pretty much 50/50 on whether people like them on the keychain or necklace.  I am excited to announce that I will be adding four new crystals as well as earrings to the mix for the upcoming vendor events!  

Shopping with Car Chet Healing Designs is special for every customer.  I encourage each customer to learn about the different crystals and feel which resonate closely with them.  Customers then choose their crystal, whether they would like it on a keychain or necklace, and finally a colorful tassel to attach.  Each purchase comes with a small bag for safekeeping.  Everyone who shops here has an opportunity to be part of creating something unique that they can either keep for themselves or gift to another. 

I hope to continue working with Marketspace Vendor Events in the future.  As an energy practitioner who is sensitive to vibes, I have had nothing but great feelings since working with the Marketspace Vendor Events Team!  I cannot wait for the Namaste for the Holidays event as well as The Marketspace at Westfield weekends that Marketspace Event Vendors is hosting coming up.  I will be vending on December 7 at AMP Yoga Studio as well as Sunday December 10 at the Marketspace at Westfield.  Come say hi!