Hi Friends! It's almost time for April Flea. The Winter flew by (at least for #teamflea) and we're so excited to get back to what we love- creative businesses. Today, we're sharing a bit about the 14 new faces at April Flea. Help us welcome them with open arms (and pocketbooks).
Your guides to April Flea are Sarah Wilt, Emily Chumbler and Stephanie Sheldon.
Who they are: A new downtown restaurant focused on plant-based eating.
Why we love them: Seriously, everything on the menu sounds delicious. Vegan might bring to mind a mentality of "I can't eat that" but that is far from the philosophy of this creative, abundant restaurant. Their brick and mortar is located downtown at 619 Prospect Avenue.
Emily's pick: Well, anything really, because she can eat it. We have a feeling that Emily will bring back an assortment that she *might* let us sample during our own lunch break on Saturday.
FIND THEM: Booth #17
Who they are: An EMS vehicle turned food truck, serving the community in a new way.
Why Sarah loves them: Well, sweet potato fries, a philly cheese steak and a food truck that looks like an EMS vehicle (with a humorous side) is always sure to save the day.
FIND THEM: In the Food Truck Food Court.
4. VEX DECOR
Who they are: Justin Crasi's goal is to create sustainable home decor from either renewable or recycled materials.
Why we love them: The biggest reason? They list their shop cat, Kitty, on their website as one of their employees. All 'kitting' aside (haha), they're the first vendor at The Flea to focus solely on lighting, and since we just moved into our new offices, we're in the market for some lighting that is repurposed yet polished.
Steph's pick: White Vinyl Record Wall Sconce.
FIND THEM: Booth #55
Who they are: Jason Horinger is no stranger to The Flea. Last season, he co-run booth Retread, Akron with friend, Micah Kraus. This year, both have emerged with new businesses that focus on each of their own passions. Look for Micah in the coming months. Jason is always trying to bring a piece of the past alive again and make it functional in someone's life.
Why we love him: Beyond his exceptional taste and eye for design, Jason is one of the most supportive, positive and creative guys we know. He also is credited for creating a new niche market at The Flea: oversize taxidermy for the modern home.
FIND THEM: Booth #59
Who they are: 100% Natural, Non-Toxic, Vegan ingredients make up this wide range of skincare items. The mission at Maeve's is simple- they want to offer you the safest products you can find on the market. In their words, "From one mommy to another, together we can demand a better future for our children."
Why we love them: Most importantly, the products are clean, vegan and free of chemicals. And they still manage to make the packaging beautiful and produce a wide range of products, which means that you can curate gifts for everyone in your life in one spot but also find something super special just for you.
Sarah's pick: Aloe and Rosewater Facial Toner, because it not only sounds super indulgent, but it instantly reminds us of our favorite Nashville transplant-- our former Vendor Coordinator, Emilie.
FIND THEM: Booth #62
Who they are: They are two designers/illustrators/printers: Yank Marc Howell and Limey Luke Paisley. Sorry is their way to create interesting, handmade goods and wares, uniting the founders' individual design aesthetics and styles.
Why we love them: Not only is their design spot-on, but their content is both educational, empowering and totally relatable to the trials and triumphs of the modern life of makers, or the maker-obsessed. They're truly making us a regional marketplace, too. Even though they're natives of Cleveland, they sell across the nation and the world.
Steph's pick: The Always Tired Tee, mostly just for Flea Days.
FIND THEM: Booth #83
Who they are: Wife and Husband duo Brit and Jason Prather craft high-quality home items out of wood, branches, fabric, paint and nails that have a vintage, old-fashioned feel, but with touches of a modern aesthetic with pops of color and geometry.
Why we love them: Their items are at once timeless, but also very current. We love practicality with a modern edge and vintage charm, and they're got that on lock down.
Sarah's pick: The 14 Nail Game. "It's a brain teaser and it's one of those things that's a perfect hostess gift to spur some lively competition and fun."
FIND THEM: Booth #86
9. MOOI KIND
Who they are: Gender neutral apparel and accessories for infants and toddlers.
Why we love them: Because they're talking about something that matters. They're making a statement about kids being over-gendered and having expectations put on them about who they must be.
Sarah's pick: The "Clothes have no gender" tee shirts.
FIND THEM: Booth #93
10. ONDREJ DENIM
Who they are: Ondrej Denim produces selvedge denim jeans made from domestic and Japanese sourced denim. All products are produced in house at the Ondrej Studio in Cleveland.
Why we love them: It's something we haven't seen yet. A handcrafted line of jeans with simple style and attention to every little detail.
FIND THEM: Booth #98
11. BETTY'S RETRO
Who they are: Cutesy-pie collectibles featuring woodland creatures and countertop delights.
Why we love them: Because their tagline is, "For all your vintage needs," and we certainly can't disagree.
Sarah's pick: It's top-secret due to the fact that she doesn't want anyone to snatch it up from her!
FIND THEM: Booth #109
Who they are: They are a Pittsburgh-based company specializing in vintage fashion. Their focus is jewelry and accessories along with select clothing and other kitschy items. They hand-pick only the most extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Why we love them: A treat for the treasure hunters, the selections of high-end statement jewelry and fashion will make you question if you're in a Cleveland parking lot or a Paris street market.
Steph's pick: This vintage 1950's Emerald Statement ring.
FIND THEM: Booth #111
Who they are: An eclectic assortment of home furnishings to meet every lifestyle.
Why we love them: By going with bold, simple paint colors, they have the capacity to turn even the biggest critics of painting vintage furniture into raving fans of their work.
Sarah's pick: This fabulous magenta dresser.
FIND THEM: Booth #135
Who they are: A Bomber-Inspired food truck with comfort-food favorites, served up by some of the sassiest ladies in town.
Why we love them: We love burgers and skirts. And we love sassy ladies.
FIND THEM: In the Flea Food Truck Food Court