Vendor Features #10 and #11: JO Designs and Deesum Designs

JO Designs and Deesum Designs will be sharing a tent this Friday at the Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave! It’s like two for one awesomeness!

JO Designs creates quality crochet goods including jewelry, hats, home goods and items for baby. Her newly designed teething rings are going to be a huge hit!


She also makes beautiful crochet jewelry which would be a wonderful gift for Mom for Mother’s Day!


And if you’re looking for something with a little more shine for Mom (or hey, for yourself!), Deesum Designs will be available with her sterling silver jewelry including this wonderful Indiana necklace.


Deesum Designs jewelry is hand forged jewelry inspired by nature, travel, and love. This gorgeous antler bar necklace would be a perfect gift for anyone who loves nature. 


Come shop Deesum Designs and JO Designs this Friday, May 2nd on Mass Ave at Handmade Promenade! We’ll be outside at 646 Mass Ave from 5pm-9pm. Look for our tents!


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Vendor Feature #9 Growler Girls

Ladies love beer too and Growler Girls knows it. That’s why they have created hip growler bags for you to carry home your fresh brews.


These sturdy growler bags are handsewn by two wonderful ladies right here in Indianapolis and feature insulation to keep your brewski cold until you get it home to your fridge.


Use Growler Girls carriers to take your favorite brew to a party, too. Pick up a growler bag from Growler Girls this Friday, May 2nd on Mass Ave at the Handmade Promenade from 5pm-9pm. They will be set up with over a dozen other vendors, all selling wonderful handmade goods outside at 646 Mass Ave!


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Vendor Feature #8: Meet Miss Happy Pink

I have to admit, I’m super stoked to have Miss Happy Pink join us all the way from Louisville, KY for this show. You all are going to love her fine screen printing skills!



You’ll also love her affinity for the kitties! (as she says, it would be hardcore if it weren’t so cute!)


And I think it may be true that Miss Happy Pink is our only vendor this go around to star in her own adorable films. Watch her rad screen printing skills in this short clip, “Mr. Mustache Cat Loves You”

Come out and meet Miss Happy Pink and over a dozen other vendors on First Friday, May 2nd outside at 646 Mass Ave! Look for our tents! Look for the fine handmade goods! Don’t miss us- it’s one night only from 5-9pm!


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Vendor Feature #7: Meet Cub Arcade


Brand spankin’ new to the Indianapolis handmade scene is Cub Arcade. We have to admit, Handmade Promenade is so excited to help launch this maker into the Indianapolis handmade and art scene! Cub Arcade is local Indy artist Nic Cunningham who believes art can strengthen community, communicate experiences and empower individuals. 


Nic is a graphic designer who also make graphic art and original works of art (such as this lovely paining, above) and art prints. Because Cub Arcade is new to the scene, it would be super awesome to show your support and head over and like Cub Arcade on Facebook! Of course you can show your support by stopping by Cub Arcade’s booth and picking up a print, too!


Cub Arcade will be joining over a dozen other artists on First Friday, May 2nd for Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave. Vendors will be set up outside of 646 Mass Ave (that’s across the street from the new Liberty Street Bar (or the old Yat’s location if that helps!) from 5pm-9pm. Stop on by and shop local and handmade!


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Vendor Feature #6 Meet Indygenous


You might have spotted Indygenous posters in our winter pop up shop back in December, and we’re really excited to welcome designer Steve Shubert back to Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave next Friday, May 2nd. Steve designs original posters and postcards focus on using Midwestern metropolises as inspiration to create localized, city-specific works of art.

indy02Indygenous (pronounced like the word indigenous) uses various styles, drawing upon vintage pop art, political art, and nostalgic references to create all a feeling that is true to our urban spaces. Aside from poster featuring our fair city, he also has a few which nod to our state’s more industrial past, including a personal favorite of Gary, Indiana.


Indygenous posters and postcards will be available for you to purchase at our one day event on First Friday, May 2nd on Mass Ave. We will be located at 646 Mass Ave (outside on the grassy area). Just look for our tents and all the awesome makers! See you there!



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Vendor Feature #5 Circle City Growler

ccgrowlerToday we meet Circle City Growler, one of our newest and already very popular Handmade Promenade vendors . Circle City Growler is run by Aaron who makes each growler carrier from scratch at his hime studio. His  simple and economical growler holders are made from simple economical materials and methods.


The growler carriers from Circle City Growler come in a variety of styles including those with rope and wooden handles. They carry two, four, and sometimes even six growlers. Some carriers are sized perfectly to carry 4 of the “bullet” sized growler or 4 wine bottles.


Ranging in price from just $20 up to $35, you probably won’t leave Handmade Promenade on Friday, May 2nd without one. These carriers save your fingers from clawing around several hard to hold growler handles and also are great for keeping your growlers from rolling around the trunk of your car.

So, stop by Handmade Promenade on First Friday, May 2nd and pick up a growler carrier for yourself and maybe one for a friend. Don’t forget to check out the other dozen+ vendors who will be selling their wares outside at 646 Mass Ave on Friday, May 2nd!




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Vendor Feature #4 Boris Loved Natasha


It’s time to meet Boris Loved Natasha! One of our most popular vendors is Holli of Boris Loved Natasha. If you haven’t ever met her in person, her personality is as wonderful as her products. She will be joining us again at Handmade Promenade on Friday, May 2nd.

borislovednatasha1Holli makes the most happy handbags, zipper pouches, wallets, ID cases, and Kindle and iPad cases you will find anywhere. She loves to use lots of color, patterns, texture and funky vintage fabrics in her addictive (as in you can’t own just one- Trust me I have several!) and enjoyable pieces.



So come out to Handmade Promenade on First Friday, May 2nd along Mass Ave Indy. Enjoy the Mass Ave Merchants Tour de Tire Art show, gallery openings inside of local businesses and then shop Handmade Promenade Vendors outside of 646 Mass Ave. Vendors will be set up from 5pm-9pm on Mass Ave.

We will be set up with our tents so you won’t be able to miss us. And, when you are finished you can head across the street and check out one of Mass Ave’s newest and best bars, Liberty Street!



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