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Love Local, Shop Made Market

Headed to Made Market this weekend? We'll see you there! Level Up is teaming with Made Market to bring you a full-day of mini-lessons. See the full schedule on our website and reserve your spot. 

Our founder, Natalia, was on WHAS11 with Made Market co-founder, Allison last week. I also chatted with Allison about why Made Market is so special. 

Why is it important to support local makers?

Allison: I think whenever we support any kind of local business, we’re doing something significant. There are talented and hardworking women and men all over our city that have decided to step out and bet on themselves, their own ingenuity, and their own passion. They don’t have millions of dollars backing them; they’ve had to use their own money as startup capital, they’ve gone after small business loans, they’ve built their own following and crowd-funded new products and ventures. These makers are their own marketing and publicity team. What’s so exciting for me is that we get to showcase and come alongside this incredible community of makers. I love that we can offer an opportunity to connect excited shoppers to talented makers. It ends up being more than simply finding beautiful unique items; people actually get to learn about and become part of the makers’ stories.

What are some of the things people can expect to shop for/eat/do at the Made Market?

Allison: Probably the number one expectation should be that they will find our area's premier makers. Collectively, these makers provide a large variety of beautifully crafted leather goods, original painted art and illustrations, hand-lettered products, handmade textiles, hand-poured candles, and intricately-designed jewelry. Every piece at the market has a story and vision behind it. Our makers work hard to make things that inspire them and the people who purchase them. 

Makers are the stars of our show, but shoppers will also be able to enjoy some great local eats, treats, and beverages! In addition to some incredible food trucks, there will also be local craft beer, specialty coffee, kombucha, pops, and açai bowls. Our full list of food vendors is on our website.

New this year to Made Market—and super exciting—is our partnership with Level Up! Level Up has developed mini classes that will be taught by local artists and makers. We’re hoping that our shoppers might be inspired to step out creatively themselves. The cost to participate in a class is $20, and all the proceeds will be donated to the Center for Women and Families, a non-profit organization that works tirelessly in the care and advocacy for victims of domestic violence.

What's the vibe like at Made Market?

Allison: Great question! I think the first thing that comes to mind is that Made Market is FUN! Our makers are always excited to be there. They love to connect with shoppers and tell their stories through their work. Our greeters are welcoming and always super helpful. Magbooth will be set up too for some photo booth fun! We hope and honestly think the atmosphere is very inviting to anyone and everyone! We hope friends will come together; we hope it can be a family day event (kids are always welcome); we hope people of all different backgrounds find common ground as they appreciate the incredible work of these makers. 

Oh! Also, Made Market is always indoors, so it’s always air conditioned! 

What do you all love about Level Up?

Allison: We’re such huge fans of Level Up! We LOVE that Level Up has a big heart for community and connecting our city with its makers. You are empowering makers by inspiring them to teach their craft to other aspiring makers. Your whole team works so hard to further help these successful artists do what they do even better.

Anything else you want our readers to know?

Allison: I think the only thing left would be to express our gratitude to Louisville. We live in an incredible city, and we’ve seen such support for the maker community. If you’ve never been to Made Market before, come check it out. We know you’ll be able to find something you love at almost every single booth.

Minda is Level Up's Content Maven and Blog Goddess. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Louisville – Go Cards! – and a master of fine arts degree in Creative Writing. When she is not wordsmithing for Level Up, she writes content for startups and she is LEO Weekly's relationship advice columnist.

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