Shop Local for Christmas with Crafty Mart 14th Annual Holiday Market!

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Are you worried about not finding the perfect gift this year because of supply chain issues and cargo ships sitting in docks? Worry no more! Do all of your holiday shopping while supporting local artists at Crafty Mart!

Crafty Mart, a local non-profit that serves and empowers artists, makers, and artisans in the greater Akron area, has announced its upcoming 13th Annual Holiday Market. The market will take place at Carbon Black, a newly renovated event space at Bounce Innovation Hub in downtown Akron, on Saturday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Holiday Market will feature 70 handmade vendors from around the region, all of whom are chosen by jury.

A few of the artists represented are:

The Petite Stegosaurus makes bright and colorful zipper pouches, and one of a kind sassy embroideries! All handmade and hand-stitched with love in Akron. I just love this cute, whimsical mushroom!

I appreciate how SEWKatie sews unique sustainable items for you and your home, using a mix of UPcycled and new materials. We hear these mittens are not only beautiful, but super warm!

The very talented Gryphon Works crafts a mix of hand-crafted wood mugs, cups, wands, and boxes, pipes. He also makes hand-crafted retro-inspired wood and pipe lamps and hand forged knives.

Items for sale will include ceramics, jewelry, bath and beauty goods, children’s toys, apparel, holiday decor, and much more. There will be food and drinks available for purchase from local food trucks and breweries. Additional activities include a raffle and DIY holiday workshops taught by local art students.

This will be Crafty Mart’s first event in the newly renovated Carbon Black space. Formerly used for tire finishing, the space has been retrofitted for events and markets. Upgrades include sealed floors, a bar, fresh drywall, and a mural created by Art Bomb Brigade.

“Crafty Mart is very excited to welcome our shoppers back to our first in-person holiday market in two years,” said Marissa McClellan, Executive Director of Crafty Mart. “Our holiday market is such a festive kick-off to Akron’s holiday season, and we’re incredibly proud of the 70 makers who will make this year extra special.”

General admission is free. Early bird tickets are available for $15 and include early admission, a limited edition Crafty Mart tote bag, and one free beverage. For more information, visit the event website.

Crafty Mart is a local non-profit that serves and empowers artists, makers and artisans in the greater Akron area. To learn more about Crafty Mart and other events visit

About Crafty Mart

Since 2009, Crafty Mart has been creating and hosting handmade markets throughout Akron. Crafty Mart supports local artists, makers and artisans by providing opportunities to learn how to refine and expand their creative businesses through education and markets. Our events unite creative, talented makers with shoppers who are passionate about supporting small businesses and discovering special, handmade goods. Crafty Mart markets attract unique makers and artisans from Akron and beyond to the Rubber City. Additionally, Crafty Mart is home to the Maker Sessions, an exclusive curriculum designed to help artists, makers, and artisans hone their creative small business skills. Learn more at

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Kristen is a 24-year married Mom of a 21-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. She is a wanderlustful history buff, amateur nature photographer and Naturalist, craft supply-hoarding, Jesus-loving student of the Bible who wants to live in a log cabin someday. Kristen gets to smell books all day while working in her local public library.
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