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Queen City Craft Show returns to downtown Springfield on “Small Business Saturday” November 26th, 2016 at The Old Glass Place (521 E. St. Louis Street) from 10am-5pm. The event, which features over 50 of the best local and regional artists, makers, and crafters aims to be a one-stop shop for unique holiday gifts. Shoppers can enjoy delicious food and craft beverages while helping local animal rescue group, Rescue One. The $4 admission fee gets shoppers free non-alcoholic beverages all day and half the proceeds will help Rescue One care for abused, neglected and homeless animals and place them in loving homes in the Ozarks. Admission is free for kids 12 and under. The first 50 shoppers will receive a “goodie bag” with items from vendors and event sponsors.
After a very successful first year, the organizers of Queen City Craft Show began looking for a larger venue to accommodate the amount of interest generated amongst makers and shoppers alike. Last year’s event began with a line of shoppers wrapped around the building and raised over $2,000 for Rescue One. This year’s event is twice the size and had applicants from 6 surrounding states. “We have been overwhelmed with the response. So many people are doing their holiday shopping online on sites like Etsy, looking for that unique gift. The goal of our event is to show that you don’t have to shop online to find those one-of-a-kind gifts. There are some pretty amazing things being made right here in the Ozarks and the surrounding area,” says event co-organizer Summer Trottier. The event is hosted by local companies, Culture Flock and KwanaLee Art and will feature items such as jewelry, stationary, adult and children’s clothing, pottery, artwork, artisanal furniture, and more. For more information, please visit queencitycraftshow.com.
Wow..it's 2016. It'll take a little while to get used to that! To give a short recap of our first ever QCCS: it was fun-filled, packed with shoppers, and we raised $2,000 for Rescue One to help local homeless pets. Pretty amazing, huh?
After the show, we put out a survey to folks on our mailing list so we could get some feedback. We kept seeing the same thing over and over: "I wish the show was bigger!" "My only complaint is that there weren't more vendors." Well, we heard you loud and clear. We just secured our new home for Queen City Craft Show - the beautiful Old Glass Place in downtown Springfield. A bigger venue means more talented folks can show off their goods, which is a better experience for everyone. We've got a lot of great ideas to transform this space into the ultimate indie shopping experience, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you'd like to check out our new home, click here to see what The Old Glass Place is all about.
Queen City Craft Show brings Etsy-style shopping to the Ozarks
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We are excited to announce Queen City Craft Show, Springfield’s first indie holiday market happening on Small Business Saturday, November 28th at 425 Downtown (425 W. Walnut) from 10am-5pm. The event, which will feature 25 local and regional artists, makers, and crafters aims to be a one-stop shop for unique holiday gifts, while helping promote shopping locally. The $4 admission fee gets shoppers free unlimited non-alcoholic beverages all day and half the proceeds will benefit local animal rescue organization, Rescue One. Children 12 and under get in free. The first 25 customers will receive a “goodie bag” filled with items from vendors and event sponsors.
The idea for a local artisan’s market came from attending and participating in similar events in cities like Fayetteville, Joplin, Tulsa, and St. Louis with her own small-business, Culture Flock Clothing, says event co-organizer Summer Trottier. “Springfield and the surrounding area is filled with amazingly talented makers. Most of these artists mainly sell their work online on sites like Etsy, so this is a unique opportunity for folks to shop with them in-person. The items you’ll find at Queen City Craft Show are definitely not items you can find at a chain store,” says Trottier. The event is being put on by local companies Culture Flock Clothing and Kwanalee Art and will feature items such as jewelry, bath & body products, furniture, home decor, stationary, clothing, pottery, artwork and more. The organizers hope to make this an annual event.
For more information about Queen City Craft Show, along with a complete list of vendors, please visit http://queencitycraftshow.com.
From the smallest detail to the biggest plans for QCCS, it's all about community. We, as artists and makers are part of our own small community. Springfield's vibrant downtown has a very tight-knit community, and of course the Queen City is known as a community that supports its residents and businesses like no other. Believing in and loving our community is what inspired us to make sure this event could not only be a fun activity for all involved, but also makes a positive impact locally. We are so proud to announce that we've partnered with Rescue One, a local no-kill animal rescue group that helps homeless pets, no matter their age, breed, or ease of placement. We want to not only raise awareness about pet adoption in the Ozarks, we're also raising money! The Queen City Craft Show will be charging a small admission fee of $4 for adults (children under 12 get in free), with half the proceeds going to Rescue One to help them pay for veterinary care, spaying and neutering, food, and general needs of their adoptable pets. The admission fee also includes free non-alcoholic beverages for all attendees, along with locally-produced alcohol sampling by Missouri Spirits.
Just a reminder, our applications are open until midnight on August 31st, so if you or someone you know is interested in applying, time is running out!
Click on Rescue One's logo below to find out more about the great work they're doing here in the Ozarks.
It's about to become a reality; the Queen City is about to have its very own indie craft show. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, we want to tell you about where this idea came from. After participating in amazing regional shows such as The Little Craft Show in Fayetteville, AR and The Hip Handmade Market in Joplin, MO, we decided our hometown of Springfield was lacking an outlet for area makers to show off their talents. Who is we? We are Brittany and Summer of Culture Flock Clothing and Kendra of Kwanalee Art. We're southwest Missouri natives and we are just a small part of Springfield's vibrant creative community.
Knowing that supporting local interests is so important to Springfieldians, we knew there was no better time to showcase local artists, makers and creatives than on "Small Business Saturday" - the day that encourages people in communities all over the US to support the independent shop down the street, rather than the big box store.
We want you to come spend the day with us and over 25 other local and regional makers as you find the perfect gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy local food and beverages while you browse a unique selection of handcrafted products. We can't wait to see you there.