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

Dawn Frances Simon BFA - Breaker Zine

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Breaker Zine is a free, independent arts and culture magazine of the Jersey coast.

Artisan: Dawn Frances SImon
Website: www.breakerzine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/breakerzine
Instagram: www.instagram.com/breakerzine
E-mail: breakermagazine@gmail.com

In 2014, we started our own graphic design business, Swing Graphics. I made the decision to return to college and add a Graphic Design Certificate to my BFA. My partner (in life and business), Pete Sullivan, had convinced me that I would be “be really good at this.” Pete has 25+ years experience with Adobe products and I have both artistic and business background, so we decided to go for it. Together, we built our brand and found our niche. It has been fast forward ever since.

After a few years of client work, we were looking for a creative outlet. One day, at the bar, Pete turned to me and said “we should make our own magazine!” I looked at him like he was nuts and insisted that we have no idea how to do that. He continued, as he always does, to list all the reasons and ways that WE CAN DO THAT. As we talked (and sipped), the ideas continued to connect and grow. We quickly realized that we could use the magazine to highlight all of the things that we love about New Jersey, art, music and culture.

Looking back to when we met, we reminisced about Gallery 1603, a past project that I shared with my dear friend, Cory Ludwig. Cory and I had opened an art gallery in Surf City in early 2009. At this time, not many people even knew what ETSY was and this is where we found many of our artists. The mission and spirit of Gallery 1603 was very similar to what Breaker could be. Our main goal was to give artists a place to be seen and heard and to give the public a place to connect with artists work. Since the gallery was also the place where Pete and I had reconnected after not seeing each other in over 10 years, it holds a special place in both of our hearts.

Directing Gallery 1603 felt like what I was meant to do. I loved it with all of me and I strived to keep it fresh and different. We hosted “coffeehouses” with live music by local musicians. Funny enough, these events were inspired by a similar type of event that Pete and I both attended 15 years prior, at a bookstore just 3 blocks over in Surf City. It was at one of these events at the gallery in 2009 that we had caught up with each other and connected again.

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Everyone loved the gallery. They would always talk about the vibe and the energy that they could feel when they walked through the door. I always believed that what people were feeling was the heart and soul that each artist put into their work. The building seemed to vibrate with vitality and spirit. When you make with your hands, you are making with who you are, from deep down. The very verve that lives within the artist, lives within the artwork.

When the gallery closed in 2014, I was devastated. There was a hole in my heart where it used to be. I kept feeling like we needed to somehow get back there, back to a place where we could reopen and reignite. As Breaker started to take shape, it seemed to be the fulfillment of exactly that.

My partner Pete, often uses the term “cross-pollinate” and I think it’s suitable. As we grow and extend Breaker into different shore communities, we hope that the result will be just that. We hope that people will find what they love in other nearby places. This networking and growing will only expand and connect the arts and culture of New Jersey. Sharing that same spirit and heart through the art on the pages of the zine.

As we broaden our distribution, we have met so many great people that are doing what they love. Whether it is playing music, running a farm, teaching yoga, making art or roasting coffee, it seems that so many people are doing what they love. It is truly inspiring. There is definitely a modern mentality of following your heart and finding your place and I think Breaker really celebrates that.

Breaker is also our chance (Pete & I) to be graphically creative. One of our favorite things about publishing this magazine is making it surprisingly unique. Visually, we hope that each issue will knock people’s socks off. This keeps us on our toes as designers, constantly researching new designs and layouts. We strongly believe that the visual impression enhances the effectiveness of the ads since people want to flip through the pages again and again. When we picture Breaker on someones bookshelf, we imagine a collection.

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In June, we released ISSUE FIVE of Breaker Zine and the response has been overwhelming. As a quarterly zine, we hope to constantly be collecting fresh content. If you would like to be a contributor, you can submit through our website at breakerzine.com.

#HeartsAndCulture #GivePrintAChance

Issues four and five of Breaker Zine will be at all of Marketspace Vendor Events' upcoming events, while copies last!

Brian Donovan - BrianMetalCraft

Artisan: BrianMetalCraft
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BrianMetalCraft
E-mail: briandonovan@rcn.com

My name is Brian and I am the owner of BrianMetalCraft. My backyard started my passion to craft. While sitting and enjoying the scenery around me, my idle hands decided to try to recreate some of the little scenes I found there. But I didn’t know how best to continue until I discovered copper wire trees. What contentment I found twisting away, forming little trees! Then after a while, I started building various other metal craft skills and interjected them into my work and real scenes were finally born. I just started my art in 2017 and I now have over 120 scenes made with a majority of them for sale.

My trees are combined with objects you may find on the lawn or in your very own yard. Boats, outhouses, bikes, flower beds, and many more are all born from copper and mounted on wonderful remnants of granite saved from re-purposed counter tops. Many cute scenes exist including a couple favorites; A BBQ scene with corn stalks and a bee hive, a tool shed with various garden tools stacked for choosing, a canoe and boat scenes... and my best seller is the campsite scene.

Motivation isn’t an issue for me. I always find myself having to “try” to stop creating. So much so that I can't find space to put them all!  Marketspace Vendor Events will be a big help in that area as I have signed up for a number of their events and plan to sign up for more. My in-person event journey will start with The Marketspace at Summit on May 19th and 20th. If the photos of my scenes entice you, seeing them in person will surely grab your attention. These 3-D scenes are quite impressive when you are able to look from all angles. I hope you will come by and enjoy them with me. You can also find my work on Etsy.

BrianMetalCraft will be at these upcoming events!
May 19 and 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
November 24, 2018 - Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton, 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

Jim Spaven - Crafty Crafts by Jim

Artist: Jim Spaven
E-mail: JimSpaven@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Jim and my business is Crafty Crafts by Jim. I have been a crafter for a number of years starting with wood-working crafts, then candle making. I had some luck selling my wood and candle art at vendor events but wanted to expand my product line to be more profitable.  I started looking into other crafting ideas and began working on wood and wine bottle terrariums.  My wood-working history sure came in handy there!

I first started with Christmas items, mounting small ornaments and the glass wine bottle to a wooden base.  Then, I found cork lights for the top of the bottles.  The best part is that these corks can be removed and recharged using a USB port.  Adding this unique light feature to my wine bottle terrariums was a success!

Last year, at Peddlers Village, my wife and I walked into a store that sold succulents and air plants.  My wife had the ingenious idea of combining these popular, low maintenance plants with my wine bottle crafts.  I have since added them to my product line and have expanded on them by creating beer bottle crafts too.  My biggest challenge is cutting through the glass bottles but with the proper tools it can be done!

It is hard to decide which is my favorite item to make,  but I would say the beer mobiles with decals or the fairy gardens with lights and gnomes.  As far as best sellers go, it all depends on the event.  I find that my light-up wine bottle terrariums are most popular around Christmas, and my air plants are most popular in the spring and summer. 

My major goal is to sell my items in a store of handmade goods, and this was once a near reality after connecting with other vendors at an in-person event.  The store was to be located in Washington, NJ, but relocated to Kansas.  Since shipping glass is unreliable, I have decided to put that dream on hold until a more local option becomes available to me.

As far as Marketspace Vendor Events, I like where the events are being held - at breweries, how bad can that be?! I am looking forward to a long lasting relationship with them as they have events throughout the year.

Crafty Crafts by Jim will be at these upcoming events!
April 29, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ
May 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
June 9, 2018 - Czig Meister's 2 Year Anniversary Celebration in Hackettstown, NJ
September 16, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
October 28, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ

Rachel Mambach - Rachel Mambach Art

Artist: Rachel Mambach
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RachelMambachArt
Instagram: www.instagram.com/racheltheartist
Website: www.rachelmambach.com
E-mail: RachelMambachArt@gmail.com

My father is an amazing painter, and I was lucky to grow up in a home where art and creativity are valued. I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t making something.  I love experimenting with color, line, shape,and texture. I’m drawn to round shapes and intricate repetitive patterns.

My artwork is fun and bright, and it always cheers me up on a dreary, stressful day. I believe my best work is created when I am feeling happy and inspired - it is important to share those positive feelings, especially with so many ugly things happening in the world today.   

I find that nature or things that are calm and beautiful like dream catchers are my greatest source of inspiration.   My media ranges from pencil to marker to paint pebbles to burlap and embroidery thread.  I like to mix it up to keep things interesting for myself and my audience.  My products consist mostly of original art and prints, and I've recently added custom, high-quality tote bags to my inventory which can ship worldwide.

Rachel Mambach Art LLC was launched one year ago and has been a great success so far!  As time goes on, I continue to learn and strive to make each year better.  I've discovered that children are most interested in my art - maybe because I am an art teacher or because my creations are colorful.  I've also learned that handmade markets are the best place for me to sell my art.  Marketspace Vendor Events produces handmade markets that are perfect for me to capture my target audience.  Being a Jersey Shore local, I’m excited for my first market with Marketspace on July 21, 2018 at Porta in Asbury Park!  To see my artwork for yourself, find me there in person, visit my website, or follow me on social media.

Rachel Mambach Art will be at this upcoming event!
July 21, 2018 - Shop the Shore - Porta Asbury Park in Asbury Park, 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

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

Andrea Corniel - Hachi House

Artisan: Hachi House
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hachihousellc
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hachihouse
Website: www.hachihouse.com
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/HachiHouse
E-mail: hachihouse@gmail.com

Hi everybody! I'm Andrea, sole proprietor of Hachi House, LLC.  I started my small experiment in 2010 after a fibroid diagnosis. In looking for prescription pain killer alternatives to help with cramps, I turned to the power of plants and their essential oils. In 2012 I went all in and my New Jersey based body care line, Hachi House, was born! Not only was I able to put myself in a position of constant learning, but also able to fuel my creativity. I started with 4 lip balm varieties, aromatherapy oils, and body butters. Since then my line has grown to include other small batch products such as soap, scrubs, soaks, beard products and my very own nail polish line which I hope to launch this summer!

I do it all from Research & Development and making all products by hand as I Netflix binge on the weekends to designing, marketing, and packaging. Did I mention I work 9-5 in the TV industry and adjunct at a local university on top of that?! I am exhausted, y’all, but sooooo very fulfilled.  I really have a strong vision for what I want Hachi House to become and I am keeping my eyes on the prize all while hopefully making clean products that people love! The soap making process has truly become my favorite.  I get super excited when I talk to customers about my creations and how they may benefit from them. One thing I must say is that you will definitely have a one of a kind experience when you make a pit stop at the Hachi House booth.

I get the most joy from being around people.  When I linked up with Marketspace Vendor Events, it really took me. I've teamed up with fellow crafter Verushka from Zentuary -all natural deodorant- and my experience at every Marketspace Vendor Events pop-up has been exceptional! As a member of their vendor network, I look forward to receiving email alerts about newly added events.   They are wonderfully curated and feature talented vendors, many of whom I have kept in contact with after my very first Marketspace craft market! 

I look forward to chatting with you as Hachi House joins the March 31 , 2018 Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, New Jersey.  See you there!

Hachi House will be at these upcoming events!
March 31, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
April 29, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ
May 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ

Diana Ulke - Brighter Days Co.

Artisan: Brighter Days Co.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brighterdaysco
Instagram: www.instagram.com/brighterdayscompany
Website: www.brighterdaysco.com
E-mail: brighterdayscontact@gmail.com

My name is Diana and I am a candle addict. I cannot even count the amount of times my mother yelled at me for burning candles, staining ceilings and curtains with black smoke and soot. I thought to myself, “…black smoke? That definitely can’t be good for your lungs!” I started doing research and with a lot of patience and practice, Brighter Days was born. I am a one woman show, but I have to give my husband credit for letting me turn our home into a candle factory. I pick the candle names, design the labels, and mix the fragrances. I do it all! Having my own business has always been my dream.

Brighter Days Co. candles are handmade and poured locally in New Jersey with 100% natural soy wax and fragrance oils, free of harsh chemicals. The wick is actually a piece of wood! It’s made of an organic native cherry wood and it crackles when it's lit (like having a mini fireplace)! They are vegan and non-toxic and guaranteed to brighten your day! 

My future goal is to partner with small local vendors and businesses to open up a storefront! I want to be able to have my own creative space where I can find inspiration, host workshops and events, meet one-on-one with customers, collaborate, and build my business. I am excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events, meet new faces and expand my hand-poured candle business all over New Jersey!

Brighter Days will be these upcoming events!
March 31, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
April 29, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ
May 19 & 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
June 16, 2018 - Makers in the Vines Festival at Balic Winery in Mays Landing, NJ

Shelly Burd - Nailed It

Artisan: Nailed It
www.facebook.com/naileditsburd
E-mail: naileditsburd@gmail.com

HI! My name is Shelly Burd and I am a New Jersey maker of nail and string art.  A couple of years ago my cousin was getting married and I wanted to make a gift for the happy couple, something personal and heartfelt.  I was browsing on my favorite app, Pinterest, and saw string art.  I can’t remember what the picture was of, but I was instantly intrigued.  With a little help from my father, I made my first piece of string art.  It was of two love “Burds” and their chest formed a heart.  I had an overwhelming response from my family that I should pursue this form of art. Over the last couple of years, if a friend or family member had a life event, I made string art.

My string art comes from the heart.  I can customize pieces based on the personality, style, or interests of my clients.  The pieces run the gamut of themes and celebrations from sports to weddings, man caves, nursery décor and everything in between.

My art is my hobby.  I love to make nail and string art pieces that put a smile on the face of the recipient.  I most enjoy working with clients to create a personalized piece for a special event in their lives. 

The Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing, presented by Marketspace Vendor Events, is my first craft show.  I would be interested in displaying my art at future events as interest demands.  Come meet me in Flemington, New Jersey on March 31st - let's hammer out your ideas in string!

Donna Digiacomo - Country Friends

Hi, my name is Donna Digiacomo and my company is Country Friends.  I have a degree in textile design from Philadelphia University.  I decided after working in the industry and having two kids to work from home designing crafts.  Now, 30 years later I am still painting!  I specialize in floral designs on various mediums.

My mirrors are one of my biggest sellers!  I love to paint on large wall mirrors and especially the old windows that I find in my travels.  During the holidays, my snowman LED candles are a big seller!  Searching for and restoring found objects is one of my favorite hobbies! 

I am looking forward to working with Marketspace Vendor Events for the first time on February 10th at the Pop Up Market in The Exchange at Fort Dix. I am so impressed with their enthusiasm and fabulous marketing they provide to their vendors and venues! 

Carrie Engerrand - Daily Scentuals

Daily Scentuals has become a lifestyle more than a business for me.  I got started making oil blends to combat my anxiety and begun experimenting with blends for other ailments.  I just want to help my customers be healthy and happy.

 I love problem solving for people.  Whether that is modifying recipes to fit their needs or experimenting to find a joint pain oil to help my mother’s hands, I find that between researching new combinations or oils and creating them I have the ultimate way to satisfy my need to help.  One of my friends asked for lotions, so now I am creating a line of lotions!  

I eventually want to take this business full time and create a wellness center.  That would include reiki healing, yoga, and oils.  I want to continue to solve issues that people have and really build a business that helps the local community. I vended with Marketspace Vendor Events on December 2017 at 'The Marketspace at Westfield' and am excited to attend more events. I will be at the The Exchange at Fort Dix on February 10, 2018.

Karen Bellitto - Shinyhappydangles

Chainmaille. The stuff of knights and legends. King Arthur and dragons. Frodo and Jon Snow. You get the idea. My name is Karen and I weave with metal. In a previous life, I was a medical social worker in New York and worked primarily with terminal cancer patients and their families. A heavy job but a rewarding one. Fast forward to moving to New Jersey and getting pregnant all around the same time! Stay at home mom-dom allowed me to find time to get my inner craft girl on. After manifesting in different mediums one day I learned how to make a byzantine bracelet. Angels began to sing, the sun peered out of the clouds and I knew I found what I wanted to do. I researched, I learned a lot about the history of chainmaille and now I bring that to you in the form of wearable art.

Centuries ago, men would wear mesh garments, woven of steel rings, to protect themselves when going off to battle. Today, Shinyhappydangles, takes these patterns and techniques (we are talking legit OLD patterns, like 1270 Japan or Europe in the Middle Ages) to replicate patterns and turn them into jewelry. There are maille artisans who still make actual suits of armor (30,000 plus rings can go in to just 1 shirt!). What I have come to love about this art form is the endless possibilities. Little circles (aluminum jump rings) come in many colors and wire gauges and sizes so the amount of things you can make and do seems to be infinite. I’m up for the challenge.

I know one thing is for sure: I miss my pliers when I’m not making stuff and I wake up in the
morning thinking about what I’m going to create that day. I love seeing the look on someone’s
face when I explain that, yes, I did open and close every single ring to make the pattern they are looking at and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love being in stores and hearing from my customers that they saw my pieces at a local boutique. What REALLY makes my day though is in-person shows where I can live-weave at my table and converse with customers as they come into the booth. I’m excited about adding dates with Marketspace Vendor Events to my calendar this year! Shinyhappydangles. A little history. A little bling. Love in every link.

Kim Kraemer - New Year, Even Bigger Goals!

Things may seem a little quiet on the social media forefront, but behind the scenes we are busy prepping for 2018 craft market events, new marketing ideas, and perks for joining our free vendor network (which is over 1,000 vendors already!

Our first event of 2018 is just two weeks away, Valentine’s Day weekend, and will be open to military personnel and veterans.  This pop-up craft market at The Exchange on Joint Base McGuire- Dix-Lakehurst features 14 local craft vendors and their handmade merch, much of which is patriotic in theme.  How sweet is that?  If you live on base or have a military ID, come check us out: February 10, 2018 from 11am - 3pm inside The Exchange.

We’ve also rolled out a tiered sponsorship option for small businesses starting with our Makers in the Vines craft and wine festival at Balic Winery in Mays Landing on June 16, 2018.  Sponsorship options start at just $150 and range from digital promotion to logo canvas bags or sponsorship of our entertainment stage complete with a large logo banner.  We are still accepting craft, artist, and vintage vendor applications for this event. Hudson Heights will set the musical backdrop for our 80-vendor market and the aroma of mouth-watering filet mignon, crisp pizza, and decadent cannolis will fill the vineyard air.  Wine tastings and event entry are free, so don’t miss it!

Next week I am meeting with Union County officials for one of my dreams come true.  If you’re local to the Cranford/Westfield area, be sure to like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.  I’ll be sharing details as we move forward in the process, but some of my Downtown Cranford business owner friends and I are starting up what we hope to make an annual tradition right here in our hometown beginning May 2018.

Lastly, our holiday market planning is in the works.  A number of our Marketspace at Westfield vendors asked for me to host holiday craft markets in specific New Jersey towns.  Rest assured that I am working on those areas!  Don’t forget to sign up for our free email list to hear about these events before we open registration to non-network crafters.  I can hardly contain my excitement for 2018 and hope you’ll join me on this next chapter of our family-owned adventure.

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Christine Favire - Puss N Pooch Emporium

Hello everyone! My name is Christine Favire and I am a proud mother of four!  I have two wonderful daughters and then two furry children, Bonnie and Clyde.  When I first welcomed my fur babies into my home, it was hard to find collars for them that I liked.  I also had trouble finding good quality collars that my strong dogs couldn’t break.  I teamed up with my oldest daughter, Amanda, and together we came up with the idea to hand make our own collars with more of a variety than we have seen in stores.  Our friends and family showed interest in our products and that is what started our business.

We started with plastic buckled collars for dogs with a variety of patterns.  Then, we expanded to making collars for larger dogs with heavy duty stainless steel hardware and also smaller collars to fit smaller dogs and cats.  Our latest product is adjustable martingale collars.  Our patterns range from popular superheroes to decorative flowers to sports teams.  We also have a variety of holiday and seasonal collars.  If there is something specific you’d like to see, we can do our best to accommodate.  Our most popular sellers are our television and comic books characters such as Stranger Things, Batman, and The Walking Dead. Our seasonal collars are always huge hits as well.

We are always excited to get our name out there and to meet new people.  We are very knowledgeable about dog breeds and love talking and sharing stories with other pet owners.  We are always looking to expand our product line, we are currently working on accessories for collars like flowers and bow ties and other projects as well.  We can’t wait to team up with Marketspace Vendor Events and show them what we have to offer!

Lisa Richter and Lauren Coddington - Love and Lettering

Hello! We are Lauren and Lisa, two creative pals with a passion for spreading love, positivity, and good energy through our artwork!

About a year and a half ago, Lauren found herself coming across more and more naturally occurring hearts in her day to day life. She called them "random love", and began photographing them to post on social media. The response was overwhelming – this somehow inspired friends and family to notice "random love" along their paths. After so many people began reaching out to Lauren for sparking their own random love finds, she realized that she was making a difference in the way people saw the world.  Shortly thereafter, Love Along The Way was born. Lauren hopes that her photos will brighten people's spaces and continue to encourage them to find love along their way!

Lisa started leebee letters, and creates digital, hand-lettered images (including custom and personalized pieces) featuring positive quotes, phrases, and affirmations using a stylus and an iPad. After growing through a tough patch of life, she found reading positive messages, practicing mindfulness, and using affirmations played a big part in her overall happiness. She decided to start creating her own as an outlet, & then started sharing her work on social media. People responded with their own stories of coming through tough times, sharing that the positive messages gave them a boost of hope or strength, or simply put a smile on their face. Pulling inspiration from mindfulness practices, the beauty in the world around her, and anything promoting positive vibes, Lisa aims to inspire, motivate and provide hope and happiness with her work.

Together, we are Love & Lettering and the journey so far has been amazing!  Even though our two art forms are different, they complement each other, both promoting the message of looking for the good in every day, something we can always use more of in the world. We attended our first joint event back in November 2017, and it has been a whirlwind adventure ever since.  We are so looking forward to meeting you! We are incredibly excited and honored to be working with Marketspace Vendor Events at the April 2018 Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company. We cannot wait to share our story and to hear yours! Going forward, we plan to continue deepening our collaboration and expanding so we can spread the love as far and wide as possible!

Kimberlee Roccasanta - KPR-Creations

HELLO, My name is Kimberlee and I recently started my jewelry line.  My love for jewelry started at a young age as I loved to play “dress up”.  One of the greatest and most influential people in my life was my grandmother, who also had a love for jewelry. 

Handmade New Jersey jewelry, KPR-Creations, is my way of paying tribute to my beautiful grandmother. Inspired by her flair for matching her jewelry to her outfits, I create unique jewelry pieces that bring out the sparkle in any outfit. Whether you desire subtle hues or bold colors, each bracelet is lovingly handcrafted to draw attention to your inner beauty. Inspiring women to glow from the inside out, KPR- Creations is designed to help you shine. 

I am excited and honored to be a part of Marketspace Vendor Events.  I am looking forward to upcoming events in the near future. My first one will be in May’s Landing on June 16th, 2018 at Balic Winery. I am looking forward to meeting you all there. There will be a variety of Beaded Bracelets ready to go. Happy shopping and remember “JEWELRY ALWAYS FITS”!