Artisan Collective popping up in Batavia to help local economy
By KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE - email@example.com
BATAVIA – Markets are popping up in downtown Batavia as a means of helping the local economy and at-home businesses.
The initiative, known as Artisan Collective, involves a once-a-month flash market that takes place in different locations throughout downtown Batavia. The market includes handcrafted goods from independent artists, designers and artisans in the Fox River Valley.
The initiative was developed by Batavia resident and MainStreet Board member and volunteer Jamie Saam, as a means of gaining interest in shopping local. Artisan Collective gives at-home businesses a chance to be hosted in various area businesses as a means of product promotion and bringing people downtown.
“The Artisan Collective is a unique market experience,” said Jamie Saam in a news release, “where guests of the collective get to shop local, explore a bricks-and-mortar local business or property, socialize with other members of our community and get information on the happenings in Batavia. Local Artisans are able share their customers and grow their businesses with this grassroots promoted event.”
The market pops up from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. once a month, and has been seen at businesses such as Pal Joey’s, Batavia Academy of Dance, The Dock at 150 First St. and K. Hollis Jewelers.
According to the release, the Artisan Collective is looking forward to partnering with some downtown events such as the Batavia Farmers’ Market, Batavia’s Green Walk, the Batavia House Walk and other locally-focused happenings in Batavia.
Artisan Collective upcoming events can be found by visiting www.downtownbatavia.com/artisancollective or by contacting the MainStreet office at 630-761-3528.
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