DTK Pop Up Makers June Market

Hello Fiber Sisters and Brethren!

I am late to the game getting this post up. For shame! Life does happen, tho, and part of my self love right now is not to be mad at myself. So here it goes!

In June I had an opportunity to go back to Downtown Knits in Apex to take part in the Indie Dyer and Makers Pop Up Market! It was lovely to meet some new makers and of course, meet all the lovely fiber friends who came see and support us!

Even if you are not local to Raleigh, NC, you should definitely check out these lovely human beings and their goods!

First up, Oak City Soap, Kevin and Brenda! They are a husband and wife team creating, as their awesome tag line says, “Luxury soaps for dirty people.” Don’t you love them already?!

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I got to sit next to Kevin and Brenda and chat them up during down time, they are charming and friendly and everything you want in small business owners! Their products are gorgeous and smell even better!

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I bought some guest soaps for my aunt and my sisters for our trip to New York (blog later), a bath bomb for myself that smells like Fruit Loops cereal (incredible!), and some bath bomb sprinkle as a gift for my aunt. They were a hit!

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If you are in the market for pampering yourself, you much check out Oak City Soap, even if they aren’t local to you. I will say, too, they have items for men like beard oil and shaving soap. I think men are often left out when it comes to luxury soap and shower sundries, so I appreciate that I can get gifts for everyone from Oak City Soap!

Across from me at the market was the very sweet Michelle of Full Bloom Coffee Roasters in Dowtown Garner, NC. She shares my taste for buffalo chicken and also for delicious coffee!

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Full Bloom Coffee Roasters has a brick and mortar location in Garner where they serve their hand crafted coffee drinks, breakfast and lunch grilled panini sandwiches as well as locally brewed beers- what else could you want?! Besides to bring your knitting!

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I couldn’t resist trying their Honey Brew, a cold brew coffee in a very cool brown glass bottle that makes me feel like I’m drinking an old timey magical elixir from one of those traveling apothecary carts. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy that feeling! And the coffee was spectacular! What I love about their coffee is that it has coffee flavor and does not have that burned bitter taste that big commercial chains (you know who they are) tend to have.

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If you are in the Garner area, do stop in and see them! Have some coffee and panini, maybe stay long enough to enjoy a beer and some knitting! If you aren’t able to stop in, then check out their website for Full Bloom Coffee Roasters and order online! You won’t be sorry and you’ll be supporting the kind of small business that cares about creating a quality product that also happens to beΒ Organic, Fair Trade, and Rainforest Alliance Certified. So you can feel even better about that glorious caffeine kick!

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You know the last maker that joined me at Downtown Knits for the Pop Up Market: it’s Miss Barbara from Super Stitchy!

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As per usual, Miss Barbara had a beautiful booth full of all the knitting and yarny goodies you could want! Here always amazing self striping colorways, her yummy variegated skeins, all the progress keepers and stitch markers you could need to bling out your projects and fabulous fun project bags to house it all!

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All in all, it was another fun and rewarding experience to hang with some hand makers and meet new fiber friends! Thank you again to Michele of Downtown Knits for putting it on in her wonderful shop! Stay tuned for the next Pop Up Market!

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As I have rebranded, I will have to rethink my booth set up to fit my new magical, mystical theme. I’m excited to relable my yarns and think up how to work my new mystical mojo to create a more cohesive brand! Wish me luck!

Thank you all for stopping, reading, and maybe even clicking to shop these lovely makers!

See you for the next installment in the Sisteresque Fibers saga!

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Downtown Knits Has My Heart

Hello my dear fiber friends! Welcome to the latest entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade adventures! In the last two weeks I have twice gone to a Tuesday knit night at Downtown Knits in Apex, NC. I adore this shop and the knitters I’ve met here!

The owner, Michele, above on the left, is super sweet and right in the mix! She’s energetic and welcoming and definitely sets a tone of comfort, fun and openness. I had a great time sitting, knitting, chatting and venting. It’s a genuinely a wonderful space!

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Downtown Knits has a great selection of yarn and a spacious set up. It almost feels like wandering about in a yarn resort with little alcoves adorned with samples and seating. And I love being able to touch sample fabric and who doesn’t love a place to sit?

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Knitting for kids or grand kids? There’s an alcove for you, too! Did you look close at the wall? There are knitted mounted animal heads! Definitely prefer knitted heads to real stuffed ones πŸ™‚

Downtown Knits isn’t just for knitters, sewers rejoice! There’s a full classroom for sewing classes, which I fully intend to sign up for! From beginner to more advanced classes, you can learn from the ground up, refresh your skills or learn something new. Just look at that fabric selection! Michele has patterns, notions and even machines available for use in class if you don’t have your own!

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You didn’t think I’d get thru two knit nights without treating myself, did you?! Of course not! Downtown Knits has some awesome indie dyers and I have never tried Woolen Boon before, so I was super excited to grab myself a skein of this Pop Rocks colorway!

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If you are a knitter in the Raleigh/Durham area, you simply must stop in at Downtown Knits in Apex! Come in for a knit night on Tuesday or pop in for some yarn! There’s a pizza place and a cupcake shop on the same block – lunch, dessert and yarn anyone? I’m down if you’re down! Sign up for a sewing class and maybe you can have a new adventure right along with HalesBee!

I hope you have enjoyed this virtual visit to Downtown Knits with me! Do visit in real life and maybe I will see you at knit night!

Love from HalesBee

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