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Local Makers Market 'Stockmarket' to Launch in downtown Stockton
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Local Makers Market 'Stockmarket' to Launch in downtown Stockton

Stockmarket, a local makers market, will host its second event on Saturday, May 2nd, from 11am6pm in downtown Stockton. This indoor/outdoor market will showcase a curated selection of the region’s makers, designers and vintage sellers. Expect to find vendors selling handmade jewelry, artisan body products, screen printed goods, vintage clothing, custom leather, specialty foods, unique paper goods, and exciting repurposed itemslike suitcases transformed into speakers! Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, among others, will provide live music at the event. There will be of variety of food trucks and craft beer and drinks offered by The Abbey Trappist Pub.

Local real estate developers, Ten Space, along with the Downtown Stockton Alliance have sponsored the event which will boost economic vitality, promote a positive image of the area, and give locals a new kind of venue to socialize in downtown. Creators of Stockmarket, Goodstock Productions, plan to hold future events, including craft workshops and popup dinners.

Stockmarket’s first event at the Newberry building in December 2014, drew over 500 attendees. The popup was conceived by a group of friends as an alternative holiday shopping experience, showcasing local creators and offering a fun social environment.

Megan Cort, owner of The Campus Daycare, provided her thenunder construction site as the location. The Campus is opening in Spring 2015. Gianna Vicari, of The Alley coffee shop, was an integral part of planning the initial event. Additionally, Vicari was a vendor, selling locally roasted Jesus Mountain Coffee.

Organizers, Katie Macrae and Amy Sieffert, of Goodstock Productions, saw a need for an event that gave local, small businesses a new platform for engaging with customers and showcasing their talents in a lively atmosphere. “As a vendor, for years I’ve traveled to events in neighboring cities because of Stockton’s lack of opportunities.” said Sieffert, owner of Something Borrowed, a women’s vintage boutique.

“I have seen the positive impact that markets such as these have on communities and I think this is part of the change that Stockton has been craving. Now is a pivotal point in Stockton’s future, and we are doing our part to foster innovative development in small businesses and creative expression.”

The market will be held at 630 E. Weber Ave, formerly the Plea for Peace Center, well known to many Stocktonians as a popular music venue. The building has undergone recent renovations, which has opened up the space and improved the atmosphere.

Stockmarket’s main goal is to create a destination that promotes the value in supporting local craft and commerce and bringing people together in a fun and dynamic atmosphere.


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