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 few years.
Since the first pop-up shop style craft fair in April 2010, Handmade Promenade has hosted multiple craft fairs in Indianapolis. 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 Mass Ave Harvest of the Arts, 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.
In 2011 year we held our first month long holiday pop up shop at the Art Bank on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis.
In 2012 we kicked our plan up a notch. We rented out our own space and added more vendors and more varitey. We took an never used street front property on College Ave and converted it into the second annual Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Shop.
In 2013 third year, we were back at the same spot, 750 N College Ave.
In 2014: Find us at our new Carmel location inside Mass on Main at 110 W. Main St., Suite 130 in Carmel, IN. Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. This jointly owned store features works from over 20 Handmade Promenade artists as well as collections of items from Silver in the City, Crimson Tate, and Nurture.
Stay tuned for information on our downtown Indy location hopefully coming soon in November 2014.
No matter where you find us, we look forward to introducing you to over 55 handmade artists from Indiana and across the U.S.A.
I absolutely love Handmade Promenade! I was able to really get my product noticed and gain great exposure by being involved with Martha.