2014-10-16 / News

It Takes a Female Village:

Create or Shop at Ladies Night Out
By Carrie RaCosta
810-452-2645 • cracosta@mihomepaper.com

GENESEE COUNTY -- The Genesee County Parks paired with the unique vision and the soulful handiwork of Flint Handmade artists will be hosting Crossroads Village’s Ladies Night Out, Nov. 17 from 4-9 p.m.

The event, “where having fun never goes out of style” is intended to bring together women for a date with their friends to explore the unique shopping items available from local crafters, painters, fashion and jewelry designers, vintage savvy collectors, and funky mamas from all over the area.

Flint Handmade has been driven to nurture the creative expression and support of the local handmade economy. The group has been a strong force in informing the public about the value commercially, socially, and artistically of the creation and exposure of purchasing products made in a non-mainstream fashion.

Originally called Flint City Handmade in 2007, the brainchild of Crystal Pepperdine was one of the most visible and exciting extensions of the Greater Flint Creative Alliance group in its infancy.

The downtown hip factor was quickly elevated with the sonic beauty of area bands like Glowb and friends, resulting in a culture fusion rebirth on Saginaw St.

Pepperdine created the first annual Flint City Handmade Holiday Craft Market in 2007, held at The Lunch Studio.

A cult following began to build with each successive event, and has led to a large and diverse base of shoppers and visitors.

Through optimism, drive, and sweet intuition Flint Handmade has made themselves a noted and integral fixture at many area events, such as

Flint Festival of Quilts, Buckham Alley Fest, and The Flint Farmer’s Market.

Flint Handmade has a blog, a sizable fan base, and most visibly, a signature logo. The “Knuckles” design seen nearly everywhere around town was created in 2010 by Yasmin Ladha.

The logo has in the opinion of many fans of the downtown art scene, as well as visitors from afar; become synonymous with the city itself.

Cut, color and paste projects are free activities at make-it-and-take-it craft tables in the Schoolhouse at Crossroads.

Flint Handmade Vendors include American Art & Glass, Bojocreations, Lydia’s Vintage, Mah Hemp Jewelry & Accessories, Pottery By The Piece, Tasty Layers, The Stitching Post, and Vintage Lathers. 30 vendors will be on site for the night of female fun, shopping, enlightenment, and community spirit.

Tickets for Ladies Night out featuring Flint Handmade are only $5, and are available online or by phone.

A bonus feature is that the ticket cost serves as a coupon at the event for $5 off of a $25 purchase in the Village retail stores in the park.

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad: 6140 Bray Rd. Flint. Phone: 810-648-PARK.

Details: geneseecountyparks.org, or search for Flint Handmade on various social media sites for visuals from last year, member contact lists, and vendor links to wares and potential options for purchase at the village party.

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