Pedal Pusher Press - Jenn Consoli

Artisan:  Pedal Pusher Press
E-mail: pedalpusherpressnj@gmail.com
Website: www.pedalpusherpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pedalpusherpress
Instagram: instagram.com/pedalpusherpress

My name is Jenn. I’m a stationery and paper obsessed artist and illustrator. I always had a vision of becoming a fine artist who exhibited in galleries, but quickly realized that my real passion was in designing fun, sometimes silly, illustrations. These original illustrations would often be of myself, food, things I thought were funny, and things I loved. What originally started as a fun way to express myself outside of my day job, these illustrations became the beginning pieces for my original card designs. In the winter of 2017 I launched the Pedal Pusher Press website and this little stationery biz has been growing ever since.

All of the Pedal Pusher Press collection is designed by myself from my original illustrations, including pen drawings and watercolors. The Pedal Pusher Press collection currently offers various greeting cards, art prints, mugs, stickers, and custom prints and greeting cards. One of the most popular items I make are the New Jersey cards and prints. I’ve grown up in Jersey and always loved how different certain towns and shore points were. I always felt like many of these places felt like “home” to me. This resonates with a lot of our customers because many of them know that same feeling of loving their “home” place, whether it’s down the shore or in their favorite downtown area. Making these unique maps for each of my customers is really special and I enjoy hearing their stories and why they love the places they do.

In 2019, I’m very excited to begin partnering with some small businesses, selling in shops and boutiques. I’ll be launching more fun card designs throughout the year, as well. I’m also really looking forward to upcoming Marketspace Vendor Events, like Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park.

Pedal Pusher Press will be at these upcoming events!
April 20, 2019 - Hopped Up Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products - Adonica Cabreja

Artisan:  HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products
E-mail: handmadeinjc@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Adonica Cabreja with North Jersey-based HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products, or as we say HANDMADE. I’ve always loved crafts, but it was really my husband who started me on this amazing journey. When I learned that he liked knit ties my first instinct was to surprise him with one that I had made. Friends of his liked it and asked for their own. Once word got around that I knit, things blossomed. Even our macrame started that way. He wanted a big wall piece, so I did some research. It seemed easy enough -so I made him one! A coworker of his saw it and wanted one too. Soon I was doing something that I had never thought of doing!

Macrame is something that’s pretty much always in stock, but custom pieces can be made too. Everything is locally sourced, including the driftwood I use, which comes from the bay behind my house. I clean it up and repurpose it, matching the macrame or knit piece to the wood. Knit Products are hard to keep stocked due to demand, but it allows me to create custom products. I’ll even try doing things that aren’t knit or macrame. As long as my customers are willing to be patient when it comes to creating something that’s new for me to do, I’m willing to give any creation a shot. A big HANDMADE seller are the hand-knit blankets. They’re big and bulky -but BOY are they warm and perfect for our winter weather! As for my favorite thing to make, it has to be the feather macrame pieces. It might be a little more time consuming and tedious, but they come out so beautiful when they’re finished. I can be hard on myself when it comes to my work, but these are pieces that I can just enjoy.

While there’s still room for growth, I’d like to keep HANDMADE a small business. I want to make sure that I keep the passion I have for my craft and the happiness that it brings me. I don’t want to get caught up in the growth of the business so that I lose my passion and the quality suffers. This venture helps me be a stay-at-home-mom, which I love. Given my workload as a mom, artisan, and small business owner, I find it hard at times to know when events are taking place. Marketspace Vendor Events helps me to easily find events that I can be a part of and with plenty of notice. Their events calendar and advanced emails for those of us in their network help me better prepare, stock, and plan my schedule. I look forward to participating in new events this year and meeting wonderful new people!

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

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

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! 

Dawn Van Brunt - Jersey Girl Graphix

Hello! I can't wait to meet everyone! I am Dawn from Jersey Girl Graphix. I reside in Howell with my husband and two teenage boys that are the loves of my life. Now that the boys are older I have been able to devote some of my mom time to creating time! I love decorating and crafting and over the past 20 years have often made gifts for friends and family. The items I have gifted have been such a hit that many suggested I sell them, well, here we are!! I sell mostly via word of mouth, Facebook and Etsy, but am jumping into the world of events with both feet. I do enjoy my small little micro corner of the internet, but do love the live human interaction as well. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment seeing my creations in my clients’ homes. Making some money doing something I love is just a bonus!

My signature item is my Scrabble tile wall art. Many are created using the family names. Each 5”x5” tile is hand distressed and stained and features a black letter with the letter score, just like in the game! These make amazing gifts and such a eye catching statement on a wall. Every item I create is unique and no two will ever be alike. Many of my art pieces are recycled wood, hand distressed and lettered making each special. I can personalize just about anything and love custom orders! I do offer some neutral items and seasonal décor at shows for those that like instant gratification, but pride myself on also being able to create a special personalized piece with your input!

I also make awesome sparkly tumblers that make great teacher gifts for the holidays.  They are always a great hit and a super value to make someone smile! I am super thrilled to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events, especially at Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery on November 11th. I look forward to making your shopping experience a unique one. Tell your friends, bring your neighbors! Please take a look at my Facebook page and if you see something you like let me know! The photos above are a tiny peek into what I make. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.

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. 

Waving Goodbye to Summer at Pinelands Crafts and Drafts

Special thanks to my team for their hard work!

Special thanks to my team for their hard work!

To set the stage for you, I first have to say that everyone in the crafting community is genuinely kind. You won't find a single soul who doesn't pour their heart into their craft and vibe of the event. We were fortunate enough to have 11 of these souls on our team last weekend. Add to it unique craft beers, a lively duo of bartenders, and a friendly local crowd. That's Pinelands Crafts and Drafts!

From community protector flags to comic book and pop culture merchandise to custom bar-ware and home décor to handmade soy candles, soaps, and all-natural pain management, our vendors offered something for everyone. What stood out most for me was that Thin Line US exemplified the very essence of small business as Officer Nagy's parents and children proudly wore their team shirts and literally built their display on-site. Reese of Empress Herbal Products not only invited a steady stream of customers to her table with welcoming scents, but her calming and educational dialogue about her craft. The warm energy she had after traveling all the way from Philly was incredibly refreshing. I also fondly recall two young women adorned with flower crowns captivated by August Snow's intricate fairy scenes and Sensations Le Soleil's aromatic soap display. To say I wanted to buy one of everything myself is no exaggeration!

For a little added fun factor we challenged customers to meet our vendors with stamp cards in hand. Those with a full stamp card were entered to win a Pinelands Brewing Company t-shirt and growler with their choice of fill. We excitedly brought in the How You Brewin' cold brew and nitro coffee Jeep (tap handles on the side of a Jeep, you guys!) as well as gourmet hot dogs from PJ Dog House. I'm still salivating.

As the day came to a close, we counted it a success. Our marketing efforts via radio, print, and social media and careful selection of vendors leading up to the event brought 200 new faces in front of our 11 crafters. With three other festivals in the area and the most perfect beach weather, it felt good to be a part of “local summer” before we welcome the chilly fall weather at our next Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company.


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

Kira Occhipinti - August Snow

Hey, I’m Kira, creator and owner of August Snow- a small business of décor made from air plants and driftwood. August Snow started 3 years ago focusing mainly on jewelry, but has slowly shifted into home décor as my obsession with air plants took over my home. 

My love for air plants started when I was working for Macy’s creating their Herald Square window displays. We used air plants in the Flower Show windows, and I was amazed by them. No dirt needed, minimal water, filtered sunlight and they’re really hard to kill. What?? My brown thumb perked up with this one. I am so bad with plants that I’m pretty sure every plant in Home Depot shudders when they see me coming, knowing I’m an instant death wish! But the air plants, they’re Kira-proof. The driftwood fascination started later when I began volunteering at beach cleanups in Jersey. As I picked up bottles and candy wrappers, I took notice of all the interesting gnarled driftwood. I started a collection at the cleanups, and later at any beach I traveled to like Kiawah in South Carolina and various beaches on a trip to Washington. My collection grew fast and it took a while for me to put two and two together (quite literally!) but when I did, mixing the driftwood and air plants together, August Snow was reborn. 

I don’t say this to be cliché or generic, but I truly take pride in making each air plant and driftwood piece one of a kind. I spend a lot of time deciding which ones are tabletops or wall hanging, which is best suited for a pen stand, picture holder, note paper slot, heart accent, or just a place for the air plants. It’s fun working through the unique characteristics of each piece of driftwood and making it even more special. My favorite piece has a perfect mother-nature-created air plant rest (pictured above) with an added picture holder. I also love the ones with a pen holder, I have one of those on my desk at work with an air plant named Fizzgig. Clearly, air plants have taken over my home AND office. 

Thanks Marketspace community for letting me share my air plant love (read: obsession) with you! 

Emily Gunselman - Birch House Candles

Hello! I am Emily Gunselman, owner and creator of Birch House Candles. I am a wife and mother of 2 and I craved having something to call my own. Out of a love for beautiful things and an obsession with candles, I began to develop a handmade soy candle luxury that anyone and everyone would be excited to gift and keep for themselves. The journey has also inspired me to educate on the benefits of burning soy and the self-care aspect of relaxation that comes with burning a candle.

Birch House Candles is a small-batch hand-poured soy candle company. Each candle is made entirely by hand. We use renewable U.S. grown soy wax, which burns cleaner, eco-friendly and non-toxic cotton wicks and premium phthalate-free fragrance oils. We sell a 11.5 oz glass candle and a 8oz tin in a variety of seasonal fragrances. A few of our best sellers are the sweet grapefruit, which is an uplifting blend of tangerine and grapefruit, and in the fall our apple maple bourbon is a huge hit, mixing the classic apple scent with an unexpected maple and bourbon twist. So many exciting fragrances to make your house feel like a home! Each purchase is packaged in a silver bag with bow and label, perfect for easy gifting!

I am super excited to learn about Marketspace Vendor Events and partner with them to boost my customer base as well as other crafters in the community. My goal for my brand is to broaden my customer reach and become a known soy candle company. It is refreshing to see a company like Marketspace for the sole purpose of making better events for customers and vendors alike. I look forward to see how this community will evolve. Thanks for including me!