Hey, it’s me, Christina! Let’s bring you back to the pandemic of 2020. (BRIEFLY, I promise!) I had a side business crafting Organic Elderberry while being a stay at home mom. Turned out to be a hot ticket item for this particular year of business. When my customers started losing their corporate jobs due to layoffs, furloughs, etc. I started to barter for their hobbyist style goods! Items like ceramics, wood working, hand stitched clothing and other handcrafted items were being traded back and forth.
It was a quick realization that during this pandemic these folks needed a safe platform; a physical showcase of their talents. That interpersonal connection with communication and personal interactions is SO important for these small businesses. It’s how they tell their stories and show the true passion behind their craft as well as provide financial stability. The first Texas Artisan Market (now Vibe Artisan Markets) event was in October of 2020 and from there it exploded. We now showcase over 1,000 local businesses within our market community all over Texas.
These artists, makers and creatives deserve a community that is inclusive, loving, respectful and supportive. So we gave them what they needed. When you walk into our market events, you feel the heart and soul that is poured into every piece. It’s a VIBE!