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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Meet the Vendors: Get Lathered Soap Company

Get squeaky clean with help from this next Handmade Promenade vendor: Get Lathered Soap Company!


I can’t tell enough people how much I LOVE Get Lathered and their shampoo and conditioner bars (pictured above). If you have been hearing me carry on and on about these for years now and not tried them yet, I have to know what is wrong with you! Your next chance arrives on May 2nd when Get Lathered will be a vendor on Mass Ave for the Handmade Promenade!


In addition to amazing shampoo bars, Get Lathered also makes the best soaps in the business. There are so many wonderful scents to choose from you won’t know where to start, but I promise, no choice is a bad choice with Get Lathered!


Oh, and pucker polish? Don’t forget the pucker polish! Pick yours up at the Friday, May 2nd Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave in Indianapolis!



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Vendor Feature: The Brick ShirtHouse

It’s time to meet our next vendor: The Brick Shirthouse!


Alex of The Brick Shirthouse silk-screens every one of his tees in his garage with his own two hands. His tees feature graphics related to beer, sports and Indiana. He’s a great booth to swing by if you are a man need of a new tee shirt. He’s bound to have something to match your style! Or ladaies can shop The Brick Shirthouse to pick up a gifts for dad, brother, husband or boyfriend!



Come shop all of The Brick Shirthouse designs as well as 15 other handmade vendors on First Friday, May 2nd at the Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave!


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Vendor Feature: Art 2 the Extreme

It’s time to begin meet the artists of the May 2nd Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave! This year we have 16 amazing vendors with all variety of Handmade goods. Let’s take the next couple of weeks leading up to the event to meet the vendors! Up first is Art 2 the Extreme!


Art 2 the Extreme makes the very popular recycled crayons in several shapes including rings, the state of Indiana and mustaches. In fact, Nicole makes her recycled crayons in an amazing 127 different shapes!


Stop by Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave on First Friday, May 2nd From 5pm-9pm and pick up some of Art 2 the Extreme’s recycled rainbow crayons!


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Meet the Vendors for the May 2nd Handmade Promenade


It’s time to introduce our makers for the May 2 Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave. We’re really excited to welcome back a 6 vendors who have participated before as well as 12 brand new vendors. If you’ve been before, you won’t be seeing all the same vendors as in the past, but you will be seeing your favorites as well as tons of amazing new goods! Check out the links for all of our vendors below and mark May 2nd from 5pm-9pm on your calendar!

Art 2 the Extreme

Becca’s Bits and Pieces

Boris Loved Natasha

Circle City Growler

Cub Arcade

Deesum Designs

Fatty Frog Pots

Get Lathered

Growler Girls


JO Designs

KyleyCo Jewelry

Lela’s LLC

Miss Happy Pink

Starsprinkle Supercollider

Sunday Afternoon Housewife

The Brick Shirthouse

Stay tuned for features of each vendor and their amazing handmade wares starting next week- you know, just to get you pumped up for the show!

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Now Accepting Applications for the May 2, 2014 Handmade Promenade on Mass Ave


We are now accepting vendor applications for the May 2nd Handmade Promenade on the Ave. This event takes places in conjunction with the Mass Ave Artful Tread event on First Friday. This event requires vendors be present and set up and tear down their own tents, tables and chairs. This event is located at 646 Massachusetts Ave (across from the former Yats location, now the new Liberty Street Bar) in the green grassy space. If you want to apply or need more details, click here for the application and FAQ.

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Mass Ave Midnight Shopper

midnightIt’s coming this Friday-Mass Ave Midnight Shopper. Word on the street is 15 Mass Ave Merchants will be open ’til midnight for your shopping enjoyment! You can shop stores like Handmade Promenade, Silver in the City, Crimson Tate and more- read all about participating shops right here! We’re bound to come up with something extra fun for those of you who plan to stop in and shop late Friday- maybe a hot chocolate bar or a make-and-take craft? What do you think? I think it sounds like too much fun!

And, we’ve just learned something else exciting for parents looking for a night out:

Good news for all you parents who want to stay out late. The YMCA at the Anthenaeum is offering Parent’s Night Out during Midnight Shopper. You can drop the kiddos off—ages 6 months to 12 years—for some holiday arts & crafts, a movie, snack and holiday fun! They’ll be open from 5-9pm. Register you kiddo now, space is limited. Call the YMCA at 685-9795.

And lastly here’s a look at more vendors and their items you can find in the shop at 750 N. College Ave (we’re just around the corner from 45 Degrees on the Cultural Trail).  Woot!

vendorfeature9Vendors featured in this post from top to bottom: Addison Ava makes the most adorable dresses for toddlers and we have several sizes available in the shop. Fanfare and Foofaraw is back again with wonderful, functional ceramic pieces. Angela Vinson also has brought us some fantastic ceramics with a focus on cups, mugs, and bowls in lovely designs. She says she will bring us some casserole dishes later next week and we have our fingers crossed! New to the shop this year is the fun Indiana themed art from Becca’s Bits and Pieces– they have taken over a whole wall in the shop, so come check them out! Last in this feature are the crochet bags of ToshiBoo Designs– they are new to the shop this year and we have tons of different colors and sizes!


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