The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is a three day annual event that occurs every December at Detroit’s Masonic Temple. It features over 100 handmade local crafters. The event offers locals an opportunity to get a jump on their holiday shopping as well as to become familiar with vendors in the area that they may not have been familiar with previously. Here are some of this year’s vendor highlights:
Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles: Jody Lynn is a freelance illustrator who creates illustrations for prints and custom work. Her designs are fun and quirky, inspired by science, nature and pop culture. Visit her web site or Etsy shop so you can request a customized print or purchase a unique pre-made design.
Courtney Fischer Jewelry: Courtney Fischer creates hand crafted signature pieces that are perfect for any occasion, she primarily works with copper and brass aging the surface of the metal to create texture and color. Her jewelry can be purchased on her web site and she is also available for custom pieces.
A Wool Story: Wool is a great material; it’s durable, sustainable and wrinkle resistant. And while not everything that textile artist Meghan Navoy creates is made of wool, it is all created from manmade, naturally sourced materials and offers an alternative to mass produced home and apparel items. For more information and to order one of these completely unique items, visit the Wool Story website.
Cool Critters: How about a fun, uncomplicated toy this holiday season? Cool Critters are cute, silly, cuddly and don’t require and batteries or assembly! They are made by local designer Jess Sheeran out of simple materials like fur, felt, fleece and all things soft and weird! Want one of these irresistible critters? Check out Jess’s Etsy Shop!
Cellar Door Bath Supply: Bath supplies always make useful and luxurious gifts. Cellar Door is a local business who handcrafts their goods using all natural ingredients like plant based oils for their soaps. Shop their selection of soaps, beard oils, bath salts and candles on their web site.
Detroit Jam Company: Jam! It’s simple, old fashioned, low calorie and flavorful too! But what Detroit Jam Company makes ain’t yo’ mama’s jam! They are taking it to the next level with exotic flavors like Blackberry Basil Mint, Spicy Pineapple, Mango Siracha, Ginger Watermelon and more. Detroit Jam also makes their jams a little healthier using more natural ingredients and less sugar. To experience jam differently, check out the exciting products available on their web site.
Lurk and Destroy: There isn’t much backstory available for this company, but I say, let the art speak for itself! With an awesome collection of art prints, gig posters, album art, hand painted skateboards and more, this brand pays homage to vintage psychedelic art and good old fashioned rock n’ roll. Why not give them a horns up while visiting their web site?
Motor City Float: Taking the spa experience to a new level, Motor City Float offers relaxation therapies including floatation therapy, infrared sauna, meditation, Normatec Pulse and massage. Choose from a selection of float rooms to customize your experience.
Arthur’s Plaid Pants: Believe it or not, this is not Arthur’s company and he does not sell plaid pants! Rather, the company is that of illustrator Jen Husted-Goss whose grandfather Arthur liked to wear plaid pants. All the same, the spirit of the company is expressed in the title with offbeat images that are endearing as they are cool. And best of all, Goss strives to use sustainable materials and make his products as eco-friendly as possible. Check out his web site to view his unique designs.
Alchemy Slow Living: In this fast-paced world, sometimes it’s nice to slow down, relax and focus on the self. Alchemy provides a number of skincare products that work to nourish and restore giving you a healthy, luminescent glow. Find out more about their products, facial and henna services by visiting their web site.
Bringing the Happy: Fun and sophisticated, artist Melissa Anderson creates unique artwork with both tribal and childlike elements. These designs are guaranteed to make a riveting centerpiece for any room in your house as well as providing a complementary piece to your existing collection.
Even though the craft fair is over this year, you can still check out these local designers year round! And while you’re at it, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s craft fair where you can find great local businesses from the Detroit area.
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit