Several years into the maker movement, there’s not a lot that feels novel about pop-up markets. But the upcoming event, The Collective promises to go “beyond the typical.” And, if anyone is positioned to do just that, it would be Jessica Moriarty and Mollie Windmiller, founders of LAB, a company built on hosting hands-on “creative explorations,” from cocktails to collage. The duo says their goal for this weekend’s Collective is to “create an inspirational, interactive marketplace.”
In addition to selling artwork, jewelry, apothecary, clothing, furniture, and home goods, the Collective will include “meet the maker” sessions where local entrepreneurs will speak to their passions, from sustainability to design. Speakers include Mary Jo Hoffman, whose photo blog Still has morphed into product lines for Target and West Elm, and Nora McIerny Purmort, founder of the non-profit Still Kickin’, and author of the soon-to-be-released book It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too). Participating makers range from Tandem Made, Urban Undercover and BET Vodka to Byrd and Belle, City Girl Coffee, and retailers including Golden Rule and Arc's Value Village. Some, like Solid Design Studio, plan to debut new product at The Collective—including some one-of-a-kinds.
The Collective takes place Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Loring Social on the first level of the Lab Headquarters, 1629 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. Collective is free and open to the public (with food and drink provided by D’Amico Catering.) Space is limited for speaker sessions, so rsvp here.