Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Harmon's Farms Candle Co.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?

 

My name is Ryan and I am the owner of Harmon's Farms Candle Company. I manufacture, market, and sell hand-crafted soy wax candles for both retail and wholesale.

  

 

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?


I find that our customers appreciate the high quality fragrance oils used in our candles. Because Harmon's Farms uses top quality oils it provides our clientele with fragranced candles that will fill their space without smelling obtrusive or artificial. Along with the pleasant aroma, our glass jars have full glass adhesion providing a very elegant candle for a centerpiece, entranceway, or mantle.

  

 


What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

 

I worked in the hospitality industry for over two decades. That experience greatly enhanced my ability to comfortably interact with our clientele at markets and with various shop owners as we expand our wholesale reach. In addition, I am a very firm believer in a liberal arts approach to our business strategy. Having knowledge and ability in cooking, growing our own food organically, entertaining guests, as well as playing guitar and recreational sports are a few hobbies which influence our approach to our lives and business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the latest thing you have been working on?

 


My wife and I recently relocated to the Twin Cities. After growing up in Duluth and attending Concordia College, Moorhead, I spent 16 years in the Carolinas. There I helped run successful restaurants, learned my candle making craft, and met my wife. With her acceptance of a position at the University of Minnesota, we moved to St. Paul. We are excited to become members of the vending community here and continue to craft quality candles for new clientele. The relocation has created new opportunities to expand the business, not only to new clientele, but also through an expanded business model for wholesale manufacturing.

 

 

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?


Harmon's Farms Candle Co. was named after our eldest dog, Harmon. He is a lab mix and approaching 15 years old! We also have an awesome chocolate lab named Brew. He has a line of candles under our Brewline label. With our two dogs, vegetable garden, and five backyard chickens, we felt comfortable calling it a farm. We can't wait to create the same home environment here in St. Paul.

 

 


Will you be featuring any special holiday items?


Yes! This year we will feature our 3 seasonal fragrances. Holiday has a perfect blend of cinnamon and baking spices. Wreath features an herbaceous blend of rosemary, pine with a subtle aroma of mint. Our SnowFall fragrance is cool and refreshing with notes of fresh grapefruit, pine and an undertone of cedar. These fragrances will be available this Holiday season in several sizes including our 10oz straight sided tumbler, 20oz status jar, and 8oz travel tin.

 


 

www.harmonsfarms.com

 

www.instagram.com/harmonsfarmscandleco

 

www.facebook.com/harmonsfarms

 

 

 

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Sweet Mana




 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
Sweet Mana is a local artisan company offering intentionally formulated botanical skincare, body butter candles and luxurious bath & body products. We blend our eco-friendly products with plant-powered ingredients and island vibes for glowing skin & elevated well-being.



Where did your business name come from?
Sweet Mana was born from my absolute love for the Hawaiian islands. I lived in Maui for a year and during that time, I was very drawn to the energy of the islands. I felt spiritually connected to the island way of life, the people and the Polynesian culture. Mana can be described as an energy, life force or a soul's essence... and that is what I felt in me and around me. Now, I want to spread those good vibes and aloha spirit through my products, no matter where my customers and I are living.


 


What motivates you to create?

Having a positive impact on my customer's level of daily well-being is the greatest motivation for me to create and grow my brand. I want my customers to feel healthy, empowered, connected and beautiful. I also love working with healing ingredients found in nature to help us all get back to the basics of clean beauty. Skincare should be safe and effective for our skin, our soul & the planet.



What do your customers love about your products?
My customers love my CBD infused topical products!! The feedback has been incredible for general muscle soreness, a multitude of injuries and joint pain. Customers also enjoy my creative aroma blends as well as the texture and consistency of my recipes. I make my products ultra-rich, so they last a long time and a little goes a long way.


 


What do you love about craft show vending?
I love having the personal connection and face to face interaction with customers. It gives me a chance to hear their feedback, understand their needs and gives me the opportunity to educate them about clean ingredients and herbal healing properties.



Will you be featuring any special holiday items?
Yes! Every year, I create limited edition holiday inspired candles and offer curated gift packages that make a wonderful gift for that special someone.




 

 
 
 
 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Brian Doyle Photo







Who are you and what do you do?

I am a Minnesota-based conservation photographer and instructor specializing in ecotourism and wildlife photography. My unconventional start in the industry has provided me with invaluable experiences and new paths. From directing feature documentary films to guiding expeditions in some of the world’s remotest locations, my adventurous and genuine charisma can be found in each and every frame he shoots. With a time-blending influence, my visually captivating art freezes the movement of time. I aim for my photographs to stimulate conversation and promote environmental literacy to help shape how people understand, interact with, and interpret the world we live in.



How did you get started in your business?

I was working as a financial advisor and insurance agent out of school but didn’t feel like that was my true purpose. I quit my job and moved to California to pursue photography and film making. I eventually worked as an actor on 30 different shows to get into the film scene and worked on several movies and TV shows as a camera operator. I then transitioned into teaching photography and working as a expedition guide taking people around the world to Antarctica, Hawaii, Iceland, Bhutan and several other locations around the world.






 

What was your first memory of making something?

I received my first DSLR after college and took a solo trip to California backpacking and hitchhiking. It was the first time I had ever captured images that I truly loved and received recognition for. After that, I was hooked and couldn’t stop creating stories and images.



What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing and time blending methods creating “timeless images”.



What do your customers love most about your product(s)?

Although guests maybe able to know some of the locations of the images, all guests mention “I have never seen it captured like this before.”






What do you love most about craft show vending?

I love taking with the guests in person and sharing who I am and what I do.



Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

I have been homeless twice, furloughed 5 times, failed multiple projects, and lost almost everything twice. Yet, I am still here today and still keep pursuing what I love.



What are some tips or suggestions you would like to offer to fellow makers?

Don’t let others tell you what you are worth or let them tell you what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do.



Brian Doyle Photo

www.briandoylephoto.com

www.instagram.com/briandoylephoto

www.facebook.com/BrianDoylePhotography

 

 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Teeko + Co




 
 
 
 
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Teeko, the owner and creator of Teeko + Co. I make earrings for sensitive ears and sell prints of my photographic art. I’m a one-person shop and do everything from ideating, designing, marketing, fulfillment, photography, etc.
 
 
 
 
Have you always been passionate about art and design?
YES! My undergrad was in fine arts and my graduate degree was in arts and cultural leadership. Art and design is a familiar space for me and a space I feel comfortable in. Outside of designing earrings and photography, I am working towards becoming a UX designer.
 
 
 
 
What are some inspirations for your work?
Anyone who lives in their femininity and shows up everyday as their authentic self. Every collection I’ve created has been about celebrating diversity and being comfortable in your own skin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
They love my products because all of my earrings are hand crafted and made for sensitive ears: so anyone can wear them! When customers wear my earrings, they represent a brand that stands for authenticity, femininity, and diversity.
 
 
 
 
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
My parents were entrepreneurs, not by choice, but to survive. They created multiple businesses after immigrating to America and I remember watching them work 24/7. As a child, my parents would bring me to clean offices with them to make extra money. I would also become a cashier, stock person, waitress, restaurant manager, farmer, you name it, I probably done the work with my parents.
 
I learned discipline and fearlessness from a young age; and that hard works pays off. Because of my parents’ entrepreneurial spirit, I get the freedom to choose when to become an entrepreneur.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Soap & Sensibility




 

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
We are Soap & Sensibility from Kenosha, WI. We sell handcrafted glycerin soaps and many other handcrafted personal care products. Our product line includes body soap, shampoo & conditioner bars, bath fizzies, shower melts, lip balms & scrubs, body butter, face masks & scrub, crafted gift sets & more!!



Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?
This business started with my mother back in 2010. We first sold in a Kenosha Harbor Market. We always had a passion for quality skin with our customers’ skin, senses, and well-being in mind. Our products were so well received in WI that now we sell Soap & Sensibility products in 9 farmers markets, at home shows in Wisconsin and online at soapandsensibility.com . We are a one-of-a-kind find!


 

 


What motivates you to create?
The Customers motivate us to create!! We have such a great team at Soap & Sensibility. Our team truly believes it is our Customer base that has attributed to our success. We are so grateful to continue to provide them with quality skin care products at a reasonable price.



What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
Glycerin!! Glycerin is a “humectant”; maintaining your natural oils when you bathe with our product. It works best with your ph balance and moisturizes in a way that is noticeably better.
In addition, our products are reasonably priced and make the best gifts!


 

 


Will you be featuring any special holiday items?
Soap & Sensibility is offering holiday soaps with Balsam & Cedar, Frankincense & Myrrh, and Gingerbread. We will also have Holiday bath fizzies and gift sets.
Whether you are looking for a gift OR a special stocking stuffer, we have the item for you!



What are some tips or suggestions you would like to offer to fellow makers?
If you believe in your product and you are passionate about your craft, it will take on a life of its own. We have been very fortunate on the journey of Soap & Sensibility and look forward to where the path continues to take our Company.


 

 



www.soapandsensibility.com


www.facebook.com/soapandsensibility


www.instagram.com/soapandsensibility

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Haack Shack Designs




 



Who are you and what do you do?
Haack Shack Designs is a family run print and design shop specializing in screen printed apparel. All of our designs are simple yet unique works and each item gets printed by hand, the old-fashioned way of silk screening. We aim to provide comfortable yet stylish graphic tees printed on ultra-comfy shirts that are perfect for everyday wear.


What has been your favorite moment since creating your business?
Finally, after five years was able to quit my other job and go full time with Haack Shack.



What are some inspirations for your work?
I take inspiration from a wide spectrum of interests, but a lot from music and literature figures.


What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
My eclectic offerings, I don’t limit myself to any specific niche, I carry about 20 designs at a time and have something for very broad groups of people.



What is the latest thing you have been working on?
This year I have been starting to do half tone printing for more of a realistic photo look, just with black and white photos for now, but hopefully full color soon, once I can get a new press.


What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
The uniqueness of my designs and the quality of my shirt stock I use.



What do you love most about craft show vending?
The community of vendors, meeting new people and just seeing how talented people are with what they love doing. Plus the market vending community is chalk full of friendly people that I typically have a pretty easy time getting along with.



www.haackshack.com

www.instagram.com/haackshackdesigns

www.facebook.com/HaackShack

 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Handcrafted by Onkkafirte




 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dan Onkka, and I would describe myself as retired, except I’m working at making spin-n-serves 60 hours a week, so perhaps I should google “retirement” and see what I’ve missed!

My first career was as a retail and hospital pharmacist, then I moved into IT and spent 30+ years managing patient data at Fairview Hospital. I also spent 17 years as a leader in the Boy Scouts, and developed and taught my own course at the U of M for 10 years.

My business name is Onkkafirte. In 2016 my wife and I traveled to northern Finland and spent several days with a relative, visiting graves and seeing where my family came from. We found a homestead on “ONKKATIE” (tie means street in Finnish). Turns out this was the homestead where the Onkka surname was first used. Attached to a tree near the homestead was a wooden board, into which was carved “ONKKAFIRTE” – which I was told means “founded by Onkka”.

 

How did you get started in your business?
I have worked in wood for decades, and have built all our furniture, and that of our two sons. I sparted making lazy susans, first for personal use, then for family members. As retirement neared, I realized I could try my luck at making them as “art that works”. ? Working with wood gave me the tactile feedback I need to satisfy my creative side. Teaching mainframe computers to sing Mozart is fine – but you can’t touch it when you’re done!

 

What has been your favorite moment since creating your business?
This may sound strange, but at a Christmas fair I had a group of a dozen or more people watching me demonstrate how my product can be flipped, expanded, or even used as a side table. At the end of my spiel I went “off script” and shared with them that the money wasn’t important to me. That in fact I should thank them, because by taking home something I had made, and using it as part of their family meal each evening, they were paying me the most wonderful complement possible. I got a round of applause! 

 

What motivates you to create?
I seem to have this need to build, to create. Working in veneer gives me a large enough palette, and lazy susans give me a vehicle.

 

Have you always been passionate about art and design?
I still struggle with the idea that I’m an “artist”. But passionate about design? Yup!

 

Will you be featuring any special holiday items?
I have several designs I only make as Christmas approaches. One features a poinsettia, another holly leaves. I used to make a Christmas tree design – but it just takes too long!

 

How do you usually prepare for the holiday season?
Fall 2021 was just crazy – my sales were much higher than I had anticipated. So I’ve been working like mad all year to have enough inventory for Christmas 2022!

 

What is the latest thing you have been working on?
I make sets of table legs (which are also reversible). As the cost of materials have increased, I’ve had to reinvent how I make them – and now I can make them using any veneer my customers want. Just think – table legs that match the spin-n-serve it supports!

 

What is your favorite item that you sell?
The table legs. Because it shows the customer has truly understood that my product is capable of. Not just something for the dining room table, but something that can be used every day in multiple ways.

 

 

Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
Some veneer (especially birds eye maple) will curl while applying glue. Sometime that means the end result is a surface with bubbles. Bad news! Cure is to have a spray bottle of water so I can lightly spritz the BACK side of the veneer to balance out the stress.

 

What are some tips or suggestions you would like to offer to fellow makers?
Grab yourself by the ear and drag yourself out of your comfort zone. If you don’t put yourself out there, people can’t say yes!

 

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I think it’s the flexibility combined with usefulness. A spin-n-serve actually performs a function. That it does so while having one side with bright and vibrant colors, and the other with a neutral platform provide a nice mix of fashion (décor?) and function.

 

What do you love most about craft show vending?
Keeps me busy, gives me a purpose, get me out of the house, keeps me out of my wife’s hair. And it generates enough revenue to cover my costs. And I get to meet lots of people who tell me my stuff is beautiful!

 

 

 

 

Handcrafted by Onkkafirte

www.spinandserve.com

www.facebook.com/SpinAndServe

 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Flicker & Fizz




 

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Jessica – the Candlemaker and Cocktail Shaker behind Flicker & Fizz, which creates spirited candle and cocktail pairings, hand-poured in vintage glassware. I pour one, you pour the other.

 

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?

I love how Flicker & Fizz captures both aspects of the scent and sip experience you receive with every curated candle and cocktail set.

 

How did you get started in your business?

I have been collecting vintage glassware for years and using it to curate inspired entertaining experiences for friends and family. Finding the perfect cocktail to complement any occasion is my specialty, along with creatively repurposing vintage items in unexpected ways. Flicker & Fizz allows me to do all these things and provide customers with a unique scent and sip experience of their own.

 



What has been your favorite moment since creating your business?

I love the responses I receive from new customers when they first discover what Flicker & Fizz is all about. Their enthusiasm is so rewarding, especially when they keep coming back to discover something new. I’ve even had a few people come up to me at markets who have told me how excited they were to see something completely original and different than anything else they’ve ever seen before.

 

Where do you see your business in 3 years?

I hope to have my own studio space where I can host small group events and private shopping parties.

 

Have you always been passionate about art and design?

Absolutely. Creativity has always been a part of my life thanks to my parents. My dad was a high school art teacher, and my mom is an avid quilter/seamstress. They were the original dumpster-diving hipsters from the 1970s, always finding ways to reuse found items and put their own finishing touches on them.

 

 

 

 

What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

I think people are drawn to the unique and thoughtful touches Flicker & Fizz brings. Everything is hand-picked and curated into a cohesive set that is perfect for gifting to others or keeping for yourself. People appreciate how Flicker & Fizz isn’t just one thing – it’s the combination of the candle, cocktail, and vintage glasses that really elevates our sets to a full scent and sip experience. There’s also a reuse and sustainability aspect that really resonates with people – they love that Flicker & Fizz gives a new life to antique and vintage pieces.

 

Will you be featuring any special holiday items?

Yes! I have been collecting some larger antique decorative glass vessels to create more standalone statement décor pieces that I’ll be debuting for the holidays. Although I love the cocktail side of things, I know that not everyone drinks or is interested in barware, so I want to provide a similar thoughtful product that incorporates my love of repurposing vintage home décor items.

 

What do you love most about craft show vending?

I love meeting people at shows and introducing them to the full Flicker & Fizz scent and sip experience. And watching their reactions as the concept sinks in – their eyes usually light up with excitement. It’s so fun to watch.



www.flickerfizz.com

www.instagram.com/shopflickerandfizz

www.facebook.com/ShopFlickerAndFizz

 

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Featured Exhbitor: Violet Lux Official




 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
I am a Minneapolis based artist and lifelong learner who continues to work on the craft and practice my skills daily. My love for the arts is shown through my original artwork, prints, greeting cards, stickers, and commissions. The artwork I make is of a variety of mediums, colored pencil, graphite, acrylic, acryla gouache, gouache, watercolor, really anything that I can experiment with I will! Trying new things is very fun for me.

 

Is this a full-time business for you?
This is currently not my full-time business & I am working every day to make it my main livelihood, due to the fact I love the arts. I will continue to work on growing my business every day until I make this my full-time business.

 

 

How did you get started in your business?
Practicing the fine arts has given me a way to express myself and put a smile on others' faces as well as my own. This business started because I fell in love with making artwork for others and myself. During the process I figured out that it was possible to make a living with my art and although this is not my full-time source of income yet, I do it for the love of art and will continue no matter what.

 

What motivates you to create?
What motivates me to create is being able to make something beautiful and put it into the world for everyone to enjoy. The colors of the rainbow being used in different ways than you would see in the natural world is so much fun, the pencil on the paper illustrates whatever I want, it can be whatever I make it.

 

 

What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
The most important thing I had to get my business up and running was love for what I was doing and the belief that I can make something great out of it. Other than that, to keep learning from everything I do. Figure out what works, what doesn’t work. Practice, learn as much as possible, plan, execute the plan, if it isn’t working, change it and keep moving forward.


Violet Lux Official
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Collette La Beau

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Velvet Honey




 



Who are you and what do you do?
We are a sister-owned faith-based company local to Minnesota. At Velvet Honey, we make beautiful clothes and jewelry that you will want to wear every day. Clothes with a message and jewelry made of agates and gemstones for unique purposes. We make pieces that will start a conversation or be a reminder just for you so that you live with intention. We want to help people not only be fashionable, beautiful, and confident but to live purposefully doing what God made you, specifically, to do.


How did you get started in your business?
Annie and Alexandra have matching tattoos on their arms, from Esther 4:14 that say, “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” It is a daily reminder that everything counts. Annie started as an esthetician and Alexandra as a hairstylist. They both have a passion for making people feel beautiful inside and out. Abby is a social worker and helps people every day to meet their needs in the community. We are all tied together in our love to serve God by taking care of people. In our day-to-day jobs, we are encouraged not to speak about our faith, so we don’t offend the people we’re serving. We all felt a need to find a way to do something we loved while boldly proclaiming God’s love. Through this need, Annie came up with the idea to launch Velvet Honey and quickly got Alexandra on board. Ali has always had a creative brain and immediately jumped into creating the beaded pieces and jewelry you see today. Abby was the last to join the team and has found a passion for writing and business she didn’t even know existed. We are so proud of where God has led us through this journey and look forward to the things to come!




What is the latest thing you have been working on?
Our Summer Sale! Over the past several weeks we’ve been working on narrowing our featured products to streamline what we offer. We launched Velvet Honey in July 2021, and over the past year have learned so much, and with that a clearer vision of what we want Velvet Honey to become. During the Holiday show, we are looking forward to clearing out our inventory to create space for new simpler, cleaner, pieces. So, expect lots of wonderful original pieces at a lower cost!


What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
The versatility! Our products can be worn in so many ways. The owners of Velvet Honey wear many different hats, (hair stylist, social worker, esthetician, entrepreneur, mom, dog mom, cat mom, wife, yogi, churchgoer, etc), so we needed jewelry that accommodated all of that. Our pieces are perfect for running to the grocery store or making that killer pitch at work. And each piece is always made with love and purpose.




 


What do you love most about craft show vending?
We love being able to see people! It is such a different experience being able to interact with the individuals who are buying our products. Anyone who speaks with Alexandra can clearly see the love that was poured into creating and making each piece and her passion to create. We love hearing stories from people of how they think one of our bracelets, necklaces, or clothing items will be a light to someone as a gift or how it will help them in their unique journey. What a blessing it is to share in someone’s story.





www.velvet-honey.com

www.instagram.com/velvethoney__

www.facebook.com/velvethoneyy

 

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