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 this upcoming events!
December 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ

Linda Lowery - LYL Apparel

Artisan: LYL Apparel
Instagram: www.instagram.com/a_mazing_apparel
E-mail: willow1665@yahoo.com

Hello, my name is Linn and I am the owner of LYL Apparel, a New Jersey based clothing designer. What sparked me to start a business was my passion for clothing and creating unique and motivational apparel. In addition, I became part of a group called Phenomenal Women Empowerment Alliance. With the love and support of these women who I call my sisters, I was able to start my business.  

I started my business making T-shirts. I would create T-shirts with motivational sayings and it was immediately a hit. Currently, I have added embellished denim pants, hats and jackets to my shop. My favorite items are the hats and I love to glam them up with pearls and rhinestones. Each one is stitched by hand.  My best sellers are my shirt.  However, when you see these hats, you will love, love, love them!

I plan on rebranding my business soon and possibly starting my own website. You can see some of my designs on Instagram. Please don't forget to follow me to see my new items! In addition, I will be vending at the Pop-up Market at Fort Dix and hope to participate in other vendor events offered through Marketspace Vendor Events. I hope to see you soon!  

LYL Apparel will be at this upcoming event!
April 7, 2018 - Pop Up Market in The Exchange at Fort Dix in McGuire AFB, 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. 

Kaitlyn Lazzaro - Kaitlyn’s Knit Knacks

Hey All, I’m Kaitlyn, of Kaitlyn’s Knit Knacks! I started this handmade adventure back in high school when I took a fashion class. Yes, that was a real class in my high school. I remember the teacher taught us the basics, knit and purl, and then she rolled out the television (every high schoolers' favorite moment in school) and put on Project Runway. We literally watched TV and made a scarf for about a week. It was awesome! Then fast forward to post-college, imagine a broke new graduate needing to buy her friends and family Christmas Gifts on an entry level salary. I got the brilliant idea to pick up knitting again, and then I just couldn’t stop... so here I am now 5 years later with an Etsy Shop and getting into Craft and Vendor shows. 

I make handmade knit items, particularly chunky knit hats, and cowls to keep you warm all winter. I also offer baby items, such as newborn caps, bows, booties, and household items like washcloths. There is definitely a huge variety that you can find on my shop, but my personal favorites not only to make, but also to wear, are my seed stitch beanies. The beauty of my Etsy shop is that most items are made to order, so any item can be customized in size, and color. If you love a headband and want a matching one with your child just send me a message and we can work together to get the perfect color and size for both you and your little one.

This is my first year participating in Craft and Vendor shows, so it has definitely been an adventure! My hope for the future is to continue growing my business on Etsy, through Craft shows, and even local brick and mortar shops. I am currently partnering with All Things Local in Red Bank, NJ and hope to expand from there. Although I have been to a few Crafts and Drafts events, I am excited to be participating in my first event with Marketspace Vendor Events and hope to continue working with them in future!

Victoria Fahy - Torrance Gunther

Hi, I'm Torrance Gunther. A wife, mom, artist and vintage peddler. I adore curating my vintage collection with only top notch gorgeous items for your one of a kind home. I think my love of vintage was ingrained in me at a young age, without me even knowing it. I am the youngest of three sisters, so… hello hand-me-downs! There was very little that I got that was brand new. Maybe that was partly my place in line as a sibling, maybe it was my family’s financial situation, but it taught me that secondhand ISN’T a bad thing! Now secondhand, to me, means a treasure that you can’t find at a big box store, a style you can truly make your own - not exactly what everyone else has, and a little piece of history you are now the keeper of. 

Thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales all call my name every weekend. They are my happy place, where I get to hunt for what appeals to me. I have an eye for mid-century. I remember being a kid watching I Love Lucy, Bewitched, and The Brady Bunch reruns, wishing I could have lived back then!! Little did I know my brain was taking note of all the beautiful trinkets, the amazing furniture and the classic style that now rings true to my brand. 

I am thrilled to have had the time to start this business this year, and now to be able to share it with all of you at Marketspace Vendor Events' Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery! I have so many fun gifts, that will sure to be a hit under the tree, with the recipient asking, “where did you ever find this?!!” There will be amazing vintage handbags and clothing, a kids section, lots of fun kitchen wares, a bin of vintage ornaments for $1 each, I even have a few pieces of furniture I reupholstered in vintage fabric. I’m a maker/artist at heart and have also designed enamel pins and patches. Basically, the Torrance Gunther table at Beach Haus will be filled with lots of gifts and fun finds, so get there early I can’t wait to meet you!

Marissa Rizzuto - The FashIN

My name is Marissa and my two loves are fashion and animal rescue.  After being a fashion stylist for several years and starting over after a divorce, I wanted to put my energy and experience into starting a business.  Being a bargain shopper myself, I came up with the idea of The FashIN, traveling designer outlet.  

As women we all love bargain shopping and sample sales, but sometimes going to outlet malls or sample sales is just a pain.  Not only do we vendor at events, but women can get together at a friend’s house and shop privately!  We also partner with charities and other businesses.

Best of all, our prices are extremely competitive!  I search every product we curate and make sure it’s the lowest price.  Our items are brand new and authentic.  We carry sunglasses, jewelry and handbags from high-end designers like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Prada, Gucci and more.  Some of our items are currently sold full price or close to it, so we usually only get one of everything we carry.

We donate a portion of our proceeds to animal rescues and shelters!  That’s where my love of animals is intertwined with my love of fashion.  Rescue Animals Fashionably! We have some ideas for the future of The FashIN!  We are so excited to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events!

October 29th - Crafts and Drafts Pop-Up Craft Market at River Horse Brewing Company

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This Sunday we will host our second event by the 'Crafts and Drafts' name, a craft market of talented artists and makers at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ. This warehouse takeover will be our largest event yet, both in the number of vendors we are bringing together and in the 43.9K (and counting) social media reach. There will be 40+ craft vendors to shop during the day (with a beer in hand of course).

But that's not all... we will also be fueled by Taste of Poland's delicious kielbasa and beer sausage skewers, The Good Donut Shop's miniature donuts served warm with toppings to match the brewery's tappings, AND Koneheads Ice Cream, a local Ewing business that delivers novelty ice cream with blast from the past flavors- Fruity Pebbles, anyone?

The pairing of draft beer and craft goods has always made sense to us. And lucky for us, it make sense to the brewery owners and craft vendors we meet. Here is a preview of what Marketspace's Craft and Draft at River Horse Brewing Company has on deck. We will see you there!

October 14th - Pop-Up Market at Woodbridge Center

In ten days we will debut our very own Pop-Up Market in Center Court and the Sears Wing of New Jersey's second largest shopping mall, Woodbridge Center. When Marketspace Vendor Events was originally conceived, one of the first big ideas was to host a craft artisan and small business market inside of an enticing, high-traffic space where business owners could get the recognition they deserve, but perhaps did not have the means to secure on their own. We knew we wanted to help the "little guys" and a few short months later, this concept is now a reality for 30 of our in-network vendors.

We intend on making the mall Pop-Up Market a staple in the event calendar of Marketspace Vendor Events so that we can extend the opportunity to our wide variety of vendors.

Our showcase consists of local treasures from craft artisans and small business owners alike. Indulge in the full sensory shopping experience and leave with a few memorable treats. Here is a preview of what Marketspace's Woodbridge Center Pop-Up Market has to offer. We hope to see you there!

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Melissa Quijano - Simply Melissy

“Simpatica Melissa” was the first iteration of Simply Melissy, a name coined by my sister, Jessica (namesake of my first skirt design), for an 11th-grade Spanish Class project. My “business proposal” was, of course, a fashion boutique selling camisas and faldas. However, I didn’t go right into clothing- for years, I used my budding handmade brand name for jewelry, doll clothes, stuffed animals, dolls…

Aside from designing, I am also a fashion design teacher to kids ages 9 and up. The idea to transition Simply Melissy from a sort of hodge podge of crafty items to quirky children’s wear came from them. Kids, especially pre-teens, have a foot each in childhood and adulthood. They want to be grown up, but still appreciate quirky figures like unicorns and narwhals. They want to run around and climb trees, but still express their fashionable selves. This was the inspiration behind my summer and fall lines. I wanted to create clothes that girls could truly live in. Nothing restrictive, fabrics that are sturdy, well-constructed, and mostly easy to clean, and high levels of twirlability. Plus, I offer customization, so if a girl wants a longer or shorter skirt, or something entirely different, I am always 100% ready to make a girl’s fashion dreams come true.

I love to sew, and appreciate so much that my skill enables me to stay away from a traditional 9 to 5 job. One day, I want to see Simply Melissy garments sold in small boutiques and manufactured within a network of makers who are striving to become independent crafters themselves. I'm excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events at the October 14th Woodbridge Center Mall event. I have never brought my designs to a shopping mall before, and I am eager to meet a new (to me!) type of customer. 

Melissa Nagy - ThinLineUS

Hi, my name is Melissa. ThinLineUS was created with the idea that when all HEROES come together as one, WE can achieve a positive impact on the great citizens of our communities. I am a proud female Police Officer in New Jersey and have served my community for over twenty years. I believe, with the teamwork and intelligence offered by all community first responders, along with those within the protective service professions, together WE can maintain a safe environment.  

Each stripe on the ThinLine represents a particular figure in our community. For instance, the thin "blue" line graphic indicates the following: the top black line represents the community while the bottom black line represents the ones who create fear and disorder within a community. The thin "blue" line represents the law enforcement officer(s) that stand between "good vs. evil" and protect our citizens from the situations which put them in harms way. The ThinLine is intended for all protective service professions with the same community safety mindset. When one of our community HEROES is killed in the line of duty, WE proudly wear the thin line "colors" with honor and respect for our fallen brothers and sisters. 

Please know that at least 20% of the proceeds will benefit the families of fallen HEROES through various charities associated with their immediate families.  ThinLineUS supports our community protectors:

Law Enforcement - BLUE LINE
Fire Fighters - RED LINE
Federal Agent / Military - GREEN LINE
Corrections - SILVER LINE
Dispatch - GOLD LINE
Search and Rescue - ORANGE LINE
Security Officers - YELLOW LINE
EMS - BLUE w/ WHITE LINE
Wounded Warrior - BLACK w/ WHITE LINE