Crafty Supermarket expects thousands of shoppers in Over-the-Rhine Saturday

Event features 88 vendors from 13 states

CINCINNATI -- Attention shoppers looking for handmade holiday gifts that can’t be found at a big-box store: Crafty Supermarket is coming to Over-the-Rhine Nov. 23.

The seven-hour event will be held at Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom and is expected to draw as many as 3,000 shoppers, said Grace Dobush. She has been organizing Crafty Supermarket twice a year since 2009. Her partner in staging the show is Chris Salley Davis, who owns Fabricate boutique and gallery in Northside.

“Our last holiday show at Clifton Cultural Arts Center had about 2,700 shoppers,” said Dobush, whose stationery business is called gracie sparkles books . “We got to the point where we were outgrowing that space.”

So the event is moving to Music Hall this year, and Dobush is hoping the bigger venue will mean even bigger crowds.

A total of 88 vendors from 13 states will exhibit at the show, which is free to the public. The event is juried, meaning that vendors have to compete for a spot.

This time around, Dobush said 215 applied for the 80 tables available. Some vendors will be sharing tables to fit all 88, she said.

“It’s not just your run-of-the-mill high school gymnasium craft show,” she said. “This is like Etsy in person. We really create the vendors we have and make sure we have a great mix of products and price points.”

Jessica Wolf and her Paper Acorn business have been part of the Crafty Supermarket since the first event in 2009.

She makes paper crafts, such as gift boxes shaped like acorns, birds and cupcakes, along with holiday crafts.

“It seems like every year, it just gets bigger,” Wolf said of the show. “It is my most profitable show I do, especially the Christmas one. People are definitely in the shopping mood in November.”

Maya Drozdz and her VisuaLingual craft business participated in the first Crafty Supermarket, too. And while she and her partner, Michael Stout, haven’t done every show, they will be back on Saturday.

VisuaLingual makes goods for home, garden and outdoors. The company is best known for its seed bombs and garden kits, which it now sells at local specialty shops and a few national stores.

“A lot of the success that we’ve had has been national, but we’ve been maybe off the radar locally,” Drozdz said. “Yet we as individuals feel really rooted in this city and our neighborhood.

“For us, it’s really amazing to have an opportunity to do an event like this and just connect with people who live in our community,” she said.

The event will start at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 and run until 6 p.m. The first 100 shoppers get free “swag bags.” To get one of those, Dobush said, it’s best to arrive early. If previous Crafty Supermarkets are any indication, a line starts forming long before the doors open.

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