Although we here at Made; in historic downtown Staunton are heartbroken to have to cancel what would have been our 5th annual Little Made; Market this spring, we will literally be turning lemons into lemonade as we aim to help our makers rebound financially while also raising money for the Blue Ridge Area Foodbank which has worked tirelessly to sustain our local community during these tough times.
Many of our independent artisans rely on art shows and other events throughout the year for income. As you can imagine the sheer number of cancelations and restrictions since Covid first reared its ugly head has been overwhelming.
Fortunately, forward thinking citizens, businesses, and government officials here in Staunton launched a terrific campaign “Dine-Out Downtown” to help re-energize our beautiful downtown. Every Friday through Sunday, Beverley Street is closed to thru traffic so that our restaurant friends may set up tables and chairs outside, and visitors to our beloved Queen City may enjoy open air dining and shopping as safely as possible. (Please note masks are still required inside businesses.)
In an effort to help our artists recover some of the financial losses incurred over the past year, we are launching a series of pop-ups to coincide with Dine-Out Downtown. Our “Made; Market Minis!” will feature a selected maker and take place every Saturday throughout the spring and into summer, weather permitting. Preference has been given to the over 40 artists/makers represented in the shop and at previous markets, so you are bound to see some familiar faces.
While there is no fee to participate, makers are encouraged to donate a portion of that day's sales to our Blue Ridge Area Foodbank collection. You can also help by “rounding up” at the store and online, or making a donation for some refreshing lemonade during the Minis. Best part, we’re excited to match all donations dollar for dollar up to $500!
We’re looking forward to continuing our mission of strengthening the handmade community here in the Valley and beyond while also ensuring our local community’s needs are met. So see you there, and thank you so incredibly much for your continued support as we enter our 8th year in business!