Chic Spotlight: Crafty Supermarket

Chic Spotlight: Crafty Supermarket

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For nearly a decade, this local market has been bringing together indie crafters, designers, artists, DIYers, and other creatives. See how you can get insider info on their next event!

Cincy Chic: What is Crafty Supermarket?
Chris Salley-Davis, Founder of Crafty Supermarket: Crafty Supermarket is Cincinnati’s oldest indie craft fair featuring regional makers from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and beyond. We focus on makers who identify as indie crafters, designers, artists, DIYers and other unconventional makers creating original handmade goods.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?

Salley-Davis: The idea of Crafty Supermarket was hatched nearly ten years ago after seeing other cities with active indie craft and maker scenes. Cincinnati seemed to have a lot of makers but they were not networking in Cincinnati. Big indie craft shows like Renegade Handmade were starting to pop up in cities like NY, San Francisco and Chicago. After touring around the country my musician husband, I wanted to bring makers together in my backyard so I started hatching a store concept that later became Fabricate (now closed) and dreaming of an annual fair.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?

Salley-Davis: I started a maker night called BYOProject to try to find makers in Cincinnati. This is how I came across Alisha Budkie and Grace Dobush who were also thinking about starting an indie craft fair. They were a little further down the indie craft fair path since I was focusing on my shop but we merged forces initially ran Crafty Supermarket together. Budkie left in 2011 to start Rock, Paper, Scissors which later became Indigo Hippo. Grace Dobush left in 2016 when she moved to Germany to work as a freelance writer. We all still stay in touch.

Cincy Chic: When did it launch?
Salley-Davis: Crafty Supermarket launched in November 2009 with just 20 makers at the Northside Tavern.

Cincy Chic: What makes this event unique?
Salley-Davis: There are a lot of great indie maker events around the city like City Flea, Art on Vine, the Off Market and more. We were the first. I’m so glad makers have so many opportunities to reach customers through these events that have grown over the years. I think Fabricate and Crafty Supermarket helped make this scene happen. I don’t think we can take all the credit for sure but I’ve had so many makers tell me that we started their career and made them feel like their dreams of being an artist was possible beyond the traditional gallery or designer track. We focus on makers and strive to give new artists a chance to vend each show, saving plenty of spots for our Cincinnati favorites while bringing a variety of regional makers to our awesome city.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Salley-Davis: Our most recent event was May 11 at Music Hall. Next up is the holiday Crafty Supermarket event. For daily maker teasers, follow us on Instagram and find our event on FB, our website also has a full vendor list.