Christmas Makers Market debuts at Supply

By on December 13, 2017

Still looking for additional holiday festivities or gift ideas? You may want to put the Christmas Makers Market at Supply on your list.

Co-hosted by Supply, Creatively Lancaster, and walk in love, the event will be held 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15; and 9 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Supply, 280 S. Oak St., Manheim. Admission is free.

It will feature 75 vendors throughout the venue and co-working location, a pop-up shop at walk in love’s warehouse, and food trucks such as Lancaster Cupcake and Lancaster Burger Co.

“Most of the vendors offer hand-crafted goods, so people will find some unique gifts. With 75 vendors there will be lots of options,” said TJ Mousetis, one of Supply’s co-owners.

He explained that Creatively Lancaster had approached Supply about hosting an event in spring 2018.

“We like the idea of encouraging new businesses and connecting them with potential customers,” he said.

Among the 75 vendors who will take part in the Christmas Makers Market on Dec. 15 and 16 are Vagabond Bowties, a company that creates Four-In-one4-Way reversible bowties from re-purposed materials. (Photo from vagabondbowties.com)

He and wife, Brooke, not only are two of the partners in Supply, but they also founded walk in love. The company, which is headquartered at Supply, makes T-shirts with Christian and inspirational messages and sells them via its website and special studio events such as the Makers Market.

Christine Miller and Stephanie Sleetman founded Creatively Lancaster earlier this year. Miller explained that Creatively Lancaster provides a venue for creative collaboration and organizes makers markets to connect artisans and crafters with customers. The duo launched a business in 2015 that combined their love of design and upcycled goods. Sleetman said through that business they attended craft shows and flea markets throughout the region, but found there was a need for something in Lancaster.

“Lancaster is a very artsy place,” Sleetman said. “There are a lot of galleries, but nothing to bring together vendors that focus on other creative areas. We decided to fill that niche with some small pop-up events.”

She described the Makers Markets as “a unique shopping event.”

Creatively Lancaster has held several makers markets since September, each at a different venue in Lancaster. The most recent event was held at Tellus360 on Dec. 9. The Christmas Makers Market at Supply represents the organization’s first foray outside of Lancaster.

Jewelry, like this handmade tri-metal quince flower stack ring, created by Wired Design’s Dana Hoff, will be sold at the Christmas Makers Market on Dec. 15 and 16. (Etsy photo)

“We wanted a bit bigger space, and while Lancaster’s downtown has a lot of great spaces, there’s nothing really sizable unless you go to the convention center, and that’s too big for us. Plus some people have concerns about potential traffic and parking in downtown Lancaster,” Miller explained, “I had met TJ a year or so ago and heard about the plans for Supply. We saw the space and knew it would be a good fit.”

Sleetman said visitors to the Christmas Makers Market will find a variety of gifts including bow ties, candles, chocolates and floral designs.

“Not only are there unique gift ideas that people will appreciate, but the purchase supports local artisans. In addition to shopping in a festive atmosphere, people will have a chance to see Supply,” she said.

Information about the Christmas Makers Market can be found on Supply’s website: www.supplymanheim.com or on Creatively Lancaster’s site: www.creativelylancaster.com.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

Co-hosted by Supply, Creatively Lancaster, and walk in love, the event will be held 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15; and 9 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Supply, 280 S. Oak St., Manheim. Admission is free. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

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