See how an area entrepreneur and owner of several storefronts turned her local love into one of the largest shopping events in the state!
You don’t have to travel far and wide or even shop at chain stores to get unique, creative items you’ll love. That’s because Made LOCAL Marketplace now brings all sorts of goods made by Ohio vendors under one roof.
Shows typically showcase between 70 and 130 vendors. Upcoming events include one on July 22 at the Franklin County Fair in Hilliard, Ohio, and another August 5-13, where the Made LOCAL Marketplace will take over The Shops at Worthington Mall in Worthington. “Makers will operate pop-up shops in 12 vacant inline spaces for 9 days,” explains Andrea Archibald, the owner and host of the Made LOCAL Marketplace. “There will be 50 additional makers with tables throughout the mall on August 5 for our kick-off celebration.”
The Made LOCAL Marketplace sells everything buyers could want: Apparel, accessories, jewelry, items for dogs, children’s clothes, food products, bath and body products, decor, candles, and more. As the name suggests, all items are made by Ohio-based vendors.
“We pride ourselves on selecting only the most high quality, on-trend items,” Archibald says. “We’re certainly not your grandma’s craft show.”
Archibald explains that sometimes the phrase “craft show” brings negative connotations, but the Made LOCAL Marketplace seeks to counter those stereotypes and change people’s perceptions by selling the best items possible.
In addition to running the Made LOCAL Marketplace, Archibald runs a store called The Direction in Cincinnati at the Kenwood Towne Centre, next to Nordstrom. The Direction sells Cincinnati and Ohio pride apparel as well as city and state pride items from several local vendors. The store also has locations in Cleveland, Mentor, and Pittsburgh. In addition, Archibald owns Simply Vague, a locally-focused retail store with locations in Columbus.
In 2013, about a year after opening her first locally-focused retail store, Archibald decided to create the Made LOCAL Marketplace shows. “I work with so many Ohio makers and heard a lot of feedback about shopping events and set out to create an event with makers in mind,” she explains. The Made LOCAL Marketplace has since become the largest local shopping event in Columbus, drawing in thousands of customers.
Customers can check out what the Made LOCAL Marketplace has to offer on their official Instagram, and under the “Event Vendors” tab on the website. Interested vendors can also find a vendor application on the website.