Handmade Promenade came into being in April of 2010 when organizer, Martha Latta, teamed up with Luna Music owner, Todd Robinson, to bring a small scale craft fair to the sidewalks of Luna Midtown on Record Store Day 2010. Eight vendors, lots of sunshine, and brisk sales for all have led to many additional partnerships with local businesses in the last year and a half.
Since the first pop-up shop style craft fair in April 2010, Handmade Promenade has hosted 8 craft fairs in the last year in a half. We’ve teamed up again with Luna Music, with the Stadium Village Farmers’ Market, Broad Ripple Music Fest, Pure Eatery, the Spring Gallery Walk on Mass Ave, and we even took our show on the road in March of 2011 holding the first out-of-state Handmade Promenade at the Gypsy Lounge in Austin, TX during the South By Southwest Music Festival.
Handmade Promenade has operated on one main goal: to mix local businesses with local and independent crafters for regularly occurring events which allow crafters a venue to share their wares and to bring awareness to local crafters who make their goods by hand.
This winter, we’ve kicked our plan up a notch. Instead of hosting a short, one day winter event, we’ve decided to open a month long pop up shop inside the Art Bank on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis.
The Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Shop will feature work from over 40 of the best local, regional, and national handmade artists and crafters in the country. The shop will be open daily from November 28th to December 31st (closed Sunday Dec. 4, 11, and 25) and will be a venue where handmade becomes accessible each day and to everyone this holiday season.
Handmade Promenade was founded in 2010 by Martha Latta of Sunday Afternoon Housewife and Indie Loves Indy. While Martha is the head organizer of each event, she certainly couldn’t do it without the support of local businesses and business owners including: Todd Robinson of Luna Music, Amy Andrus of Pure Eatery, Mark Latta of Standard Recording Company, Dan Fahrner of Broad Ripple Music Fest, David Andrichik of The Chatterbox Jazz Club, Rachel Hedges of Bebito, and all the artists and crafters who haul out there wares to set up on crumbled sidewalks, in muddy parks, and in sunshine and freezing cold. Like anything handmade, Handmade Promenade is a true labor of love.