HMC8 – Spotlight, QC Food Hub & Front Street Brewery

First up in our HMC8 spotlight series is our awesome venue and it’s current residents the Quad Cities Food Hub & The Front Street Brewery. What makes our upcoming holiday event one of the best shows we’ve held is the fact that we get to share a space with these two Quad City establishments.

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In short our friends at the Food Hub bi-state are an initiative working to strengthen the connection between locally grown food, the farmers who raise it, and the consumers who eat it. Their local market store is located inside the Davenport Freight House and carries regional items you can’t find anywhere else in the Quad Cities. Inventory grows weekly and during Handmade City sow hours you will be able to shop the Food Hub’s local and regional natural health foods, along with unique specialty items! To learn more about the QC Food Hub visit their website: www.qcfoodhub.com and check out their Facebook Page.

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Front Street Brewery has served the fine community of Davenport, Iowa for over 18 years and is the oldest brew pub in the state of Iowa. Their Tap Room is located inside the Freight House and will be serving hand-crafted beer through out Handmade City show hours. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for a holiday brew! To learn more about FSB check out their pretty website: frontstreetbrew.com and add their Facebook Page to your list!

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handmade city & theplace2be

Handmade City is happy to help out our friends at theplace2be in Rock Island, Illinois. A group of our collective Handmade City artists will be donating items for theplace2be to sell and help raise money for the organization during an open house on August 5th, from 3-5pm. We will keep you updated and post more information closer to the date.

Artists participating in the Open House donation include:

ADVENTURE ORANGE
ANDIE’S PAPERIE
DECADENCE
HELENA SOPHIA
INNAD
J.BIRD STITCH
KLARKOWSKI POTTERY
LADYNOBLE
LIL’ SQUEEKS
MISS MAEHEM’S ACCESSORIES
OBVIOUS FRONT
ORANGE GUY
SUE C DESIGNS
TOTES & TOGGLES

What a great list! If you are looking to purchase some handmade items for a good cause you must check out the open house. Visit theplace2be.org to learn more about how they impact our community and how you can help! Pasted from their website:

“Theplace2b’s mission is to help youth, ages 14-18, develop hope, increase resiliency and create successful lives of which they can be proud.

Theplace2b is a safe haven for homeless and displaced youth in Rock Island and Scott Counties, located in the YWCA Annex in downtown Rock Island at 1600 2nd Avenue.

The center is open from 4:00-8:00 pm, Monday through Friday, providing warmth, food, clothing, shelter, homework help, creative programming, and counseling for the youth.”

thank you thank you thank you!

Can you believe it has been a month since Handmade City took over Bucktown for HMC4?! Time flys when you’re having fun! We haven’t had much time the past few weeks to sit and type our official show recap post. So here is our best attempt at a sorta-recap & THANK YOU to all everyone who made Handmade City’s fourth show a success.

Bucktown Center for the Arts was such an awesome space and we had a lot of people come up and tell us how much they liked the venue. Did you like HMC4 there? We loved the openness and exposed elements of this historic building and we were very welcomed by the Bucktown artists and shops. Everyone was so nice! We would like to especially thank Brittany Klarkowski, Bucktown’s Galleria Manager for helping us set-up and get situated comfortably. She also helped promote the event heavily through the Spring leading upto the event. She managed to juggle moving into a new house the same weekend as HMC4 too – crazy! Remember Bucktown is open all year, visit their website to learn more about special events and artist studios!

Rozz-Tox rocked it at HMC4! Every time we looked over they were cranking out some fresh coffee for our shoppers and cupcakes were flying off the table. Thanks Ben and Donnie for bringing the caffeine! We absolutely love Rozz-Tox and hope to keep them as a part of our future events. If you didn’t have a chance to check out Rozz-Tox during our HMC2 & HMC3 events you really missed out and should visit them now. They are open Tuesdays–Sundays. It is such a great space, staff and menu – the perfect hangout vibe with art & music galore.

Handmade City volunteers unite! Sarah, Luanne, Amber and Alex you gals were a huge help directing shoppers, answering questions and hanging at the HMC merch table. Thanks so much for sticking around all day with us. We would love to have you back at the next event!

Thank you HMC4 Vendors. We can not tell you how many people told us how awesome the vendors at this show were! Everyone was very impressed with the level of quality that you guys rocked. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful collaboration of artists supporting the handmade movement. Not only were you all very chic but so nice and easy going! Thanks for helping us put on such a great event and we most definitely will keep you posted on future shows!

Leah and Lewis took over a hallway around noon and jammed some lovely tunes for our crowd. Thanks so much for playing!

Shoppers & Supporters, thank you so much for attending this event and purchasing from our vendors. We know that our collaborative artists are amazing and make amazing stuff but it is refreshing to meet so many Quad Citians who feel the same way! We are excited for what the Summer brings, with a few mini events up our sleeve we will be more than busy crafting away until Handmade City Holiday plans roll in. Expect to see applications for our Holiday event open at the end of Summer. Tentativly planned for the first week in December 2012, we will keep you updated through our site and facebook page. We also have a mailing list and if you would like to be on it, email us: handmadecityinfo (at) gmail.com  .  As far as the mini events we have planned for Summer 2012, we will post more information in the very new future. Check back soon!

Worldly Views – Bucktown Studio Artist

Worldly Views offers quality photographs from around the world.  When I travel the character of a door will catch my eye. The mystery of what lies on the other side attracts me, like the promise of an adventure.

Located at Suite 203, Bucktown Center for the Arts
Owner: Jack Wilhoit (The Door Guy)