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!