Crafty Mart will host its 11th Annual Holiday Market, starting on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, and continuing through Sunday, Dec. 1, at Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 S. Main St., on the second floor.
The Holiday Market will feature 70 Akron-area artists and makers selling one-of-a-kind gifts. Throughout the two-day event, Crafty Mart will host DIY workshops, an Iron Craft contest, a Holiday Tree Raffle, live music, food trucks, a gift-wrapping station and beer sponsored by the new R. Shea Brewery at Canal Place.
Crafty Mart is a regional nonprofit that supports local artists, makers and artisans in expanding their creative businesses through education and markets.
Market hours are Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., the University of Akron’s Art Bomb Brigade will make an appearance as they reveal a new mural inside of Bounce. The mural will expand over four walls outside of Crafty Mart’s headquarters and will feature the collaborative work of 12 Myers School of Art students.
“We’re so thrilled to welcome our community to Crafty Mart’s Holiday Market and introduce them to new artists and makers, creating truly inspiring pieces here in Akron,” said Marissa McClellan, executive director of Crafty Mart and co-director of Art Bomb Brigade. “With the addition of the mural reveal—the weekend is sure to be filled with surprises, excitement—and sheer holiday spirit.”
Additionally, Bounce’s new Workshop space will be open for attendees to explore and will also be the home of Crafty Mart’s first ever Iron Craft (like Iron Chef!) contest. Guests and shoppers may register for the contest at the event’s welcome table for a $10 entry fee. The winner will be chosen by Crafty Mart staff and receive a gift basket full of goodies from Crafty Mart makers.
“We are excited for Crafty Mart to activate our building with so many amazing creative entrepreneurs and visitors for their upcoming holiday market,” said Jessica Sublett, chief operating officer of Bounce. “When two organizations are collaborative and cooperative, magical things can happen! We look forward to a continued partnership with Crafty Mart in support of our local makers.”
Admission is free, but early bird tickets are available for $7 at ticketstripe.com/11thearlybird. Tickets include an exclusive tote bag created especially for Crafty Mart by Champaign Paper, a drink ticket and the opportunity to shop an hour before the crowds from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov.
Bounce Innovation Hub offers on-site parking and handicap access for all Crafty Mart Holiday Market shoppers and visitors. For info, visit facebook.com/events/1275000979325862/.