Local artisans and craftspeople to gather at Lowertown Pop

By Charles Brandt

Many businesses large and small have come out of Minnesota over the years. Some have gone on to be develop into international giants, like Target and 3M, while others have maintained a local charm and are celebrated as cherished Minnesota icons. This entrepreneurial spirit continues today; Minnesota is still abundant with new businesses that are working on making their mark. On Saturday, April 15th, many of these local artisans and craftspeople will be showing off their goods at Lowertown Pop Minnesota maker-market in the Waiting Room at Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. Those in attendance will include local brewers, bakers, distillers, artists and musicians. Donut bites, craft beer, cool watches, artisan jewelry and apparel, and Bloody Mary mix are just some of the things you’ll find as you walk through the event.

Union Depot is still adding to the laundry list of local artists and businesses that will be joining for the event. Here is an up-to-date list of makers attending so far.

In addition to meeting some of Minnesota’s finest artisans, the proceeds of the event will be going to a good cause. The event will benefit River’s Edge Academy, a nonprofit organization that “challenges students to discover their greatness by learning through experience in a small, supportive community.” In fact, 50 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the River’s Edge Academy, while the other 50 percent will go to one lucky Minnesota Maker.

Presale tickets are $10 each ($15 at the door).
Free admission for children ages 5 and under.

Lowertown Pop Demonstration Schedule

11 a.m. –  Moxie Malas
Find meaning behind different gem stones and learn to use aromatherapy stones.

11:30 a.m. – Fast Mary’s
Craft a delicious Bloody Mary and use it in your cooking.

Noon –  Anywhere Apparel
Versatile apparel for travel includes a men’s jacket that transforms into a backpack.

12:30 p.m. – Essence One
Enjoy their aromatherapy products for your health and wellbeing.

1 p.m. Isyoma Designs
Multi-functional clothing that doesn’t skimp on style.

1:30 p.m. – Angie’s Hats
Make a hat fit for the Kentucky Derby.

2 p.m. – Beth Soma Style
Learn how to harvest birch bark for one-of-a-kind projects.

2:30 p.m. – Tonja’s Table
Recipes featured in food blogger Tonja Engen’s book.

3:00 p.m. – BET Vodka
Learn how to make three spring and summer cocktails.

3:30 p.m. – Hagen and Oats
“Two sisters and some tools” making custom wood decor.

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