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Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium is a bar with a great atmosphere. Housed in a building that was originally constructed in the 1880s, Crazy Horse takes pride in the rich history and tradition steeped within the walls. The menu features classic American food like yummy burgers, steaks, and salads, and tasty appetizers to share. What really makes Crazy Horse shine is their huge selection of beer. They are known for their Around the World in Eighty Beers club, where you can try out the 80 different domestic, imported and micro-brew beers, and get your name inscribed on a plaque for your efforts. So head on over to Crazy Horse, located at 214 W. Kirkwood in downtown Bloomington, to try a new beer, eat some delicious food, and have a good time.

BHM is having a post-market celebration at Crazy Horse on Saturday night after our market event closes! Drop by to say hello and gush about the awesome new handmade items you acquired at the market!

 
 
The BHM holiday market is only 3 DAYS away! Are you ready to shop and enjoy yourself?! We have one final group of vendors to introduce you to (clockwise from top left):

Van Vintage Design: Jacqui of Van Vintage Design has been building re-purposed dispensers for the past 2 years, and can often be found at estate sales and flea markets. She is proud to outfit several restaurants and distilleries around the country with her unique, one of a kind lighting.

Anya Pany: Anya Pany creates whimsical illustrations using negative space. Her favorite materials are gouache, ink an color pencils. Anya was born in Soviet Ukraine and has lived in the US since 1999. These two polar worlds continue to blend and inspire her artwork.

Brown County Glassworks: Anne Brahaum of Brown County Glassworks took stained glass classes all through high school and fell in love with the beauty of glass. She spent the next 15 years experimenting with all of the different ways she could use the copper foil method to make 3D functional objects. Then she took a glass fusing class and the process of melting glass instantly mesmerized her. She left stained glass behind and has been enjoying exploring the endless glass kilnforming possibilities ever since.

Conduit Press: Talia Halliday started Conduit Press in 2009 after being inspired by her fellow Bloomington artists. Her work is comprised of two dynamic lines: leather and book art. Her leather work includes leather journals in a variety of styles and sizes, refillable leather notebooks for the on-the-go guy or gal, as well as leather clutches, bags, and wallets. Her book art is categorized mostly by the use of reclaimed/discarded books that are transformed into holders of things special, like flasks, wedding bands, love notes and more!

Get yourself on down to the Bloomington Convention Center (3rd and College) this Saturday, November 9th to say hello to the vendors we've featured here over the past couple of months. We're looking forward to seeing you!
 
 
Can you believe there are only four days to go until the BHM holiday market event?! We're so excited about our fabulous vendor lineup this year! You certainly won't want to miss these talented folks (clockwise from top left):

Sara December Rose: Sara creates beautiful goods for everyday life - simple embroidered cards, handmade paper goods, tote bags, jewelry, and photographic prints.

Get Lathered Soap Company: The Get Lathered Soap Company is owned and operated by Rhonda Frye of Indianapolis. Rhonda formulates premium, skin-loving soaps with fun and beautiful techniques. This fusion of art with science results in exceptional soaps that are wonderful to see and to use. Other product offerings include liquid soaps, solid shampoos & conditioners, and lip balms. Visit Get Lathered at the market to experience these affordable luxuries for yourself!

Lit Knits: Lit Knits is the brainchild of knitter and avid reader, Laura Sparks. Based in her Bloomington, IN arts and crafts bungalow, Lit Knits marries modern knit styles with well-loved books, characters, and authors. The shop started off in early 2011 with just a few simple designs - contemporary patterns with classic lines that reminded Laura of some literary favorites, like Virginia Woolf and Scout Finch, Northanger Abbey and Ishmael. Laura has since incorporated new techniques and more luxury yarns (with some sublime literary marvels!), creating a forward-thinking collection that is always fresh, a little luscious, and delightfully literary.

Christie Cooper Ceramics: Christie Cooper is an artist and ceramics instructor living and working in Bloomington, IN. She received her BFA in ceramics from Indiana University. She continues to work primarily in clay and is an instructor at the Waldron Arts Center and the Bloomington Clay Studio.

See you all very soon!
 
 
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In Case of Emergency Press is a print shop that doubles as a fine art studio. Run by Jarod Isenbarger, the Bloomington-based shop specializes in t-shirts, album packaging, posters, and art prints. All of their goods are screen-printed by hand, and specialty print orders, like wooden boxes or one-sided vinyl, are encouraged. The shop's services are regularly used by bands, record labels, and other artists - so chances are you've seen their work while walking around downtown. Be sure to check out their amazing portfolio here, and keep In Case of Emergency Press in mind for all of your printing needs!

 
 
Gathering is a pop-up shop that promotes local and regional artists in the Bloomington area and beyond. It came out of the success of the Bloomington Creatives Collective, which was formed by Conduit Press artist Talia Halliday. Gathering currently holds quarterly events that have a specific theme or motif, and coming soon, a month-long pop-up shopping event that will take place November 23 through December 24. So get your holiday gift list ready, and remember to buy handmade and buy local at Gathering!
 
 
November has finally arrived and that means it's almost time for our holiday market! But we've still got some more vendors to introduce you to before the event on the 9th, including these three (from left to right):

Bets & Mags: Bets & Mags is a mother-daughter team offering handmade modern baby accessories along with plush fleece & felt toys for children. Crafted from their own original designs and with a modern, sometimes quirky, aesthetic, their baby line is comprised of fun yet practical items for new parents. Their imaginary play sets, which include plush vegetables and a doctor kit, are soft and durable and provide inspiration for hours of creative fun for kids of all ages. Based out of Bloomington & Lafayette, Indiana, Bets & Mags collaborate regularly over the phone and in person to create a wide range of items that is continually evolving to reflect the inspiration they find in everyday life.

bobaloo!: bobaloo! is a line of modern handmade gifts for babies and tots. With a focus on bright, not-too-juvenile fabrics, each product is designed to be a useful, adorable gift. From bibs to burp cloths to crayon aprons, we've got the next baby shower or birthday party covered!

Elms & Cedars: Elms & Cedars creates teeny tiny little togs for teeny tiny little human beings. They stick to the strict belief that if being teeny tiny doesn't make an item cute enough, then you must put an applique on it! Favorite appliques include foxes and robots... maybe even a robot-fox.
 
 
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Pizza X, with five locations in Bloomington and Ellettsville, is a popular local pizza joint that makes a variety of delicious pies. In addition to traditional pizza toppings, Pizza X offers their own unique specialty flavors, including Italian Stallion, Popeye, Chicken Pizzadilla, and Alfredo Delight. Their pizzas are made by hand from scratch and can be brought right to your door. Pizza X also has a commitment to greater sustainability and community-sourced ingredients that draws a large following. What started as an IU undergrad’s goal to bring better pizza to Bloomington, became a successful enterprise that has been serving tasty pies to the community for three decades.

 
 
These three featured vendors bring the fun! We're so looking forward to seeing them on November 9th. From left to right:

Art 2 the Extreme: Art 2 the Extreme features the art and craft of Nicole Lewis, art teacher by day, artist and craftswoman by night. Her eco-friendly Rainbow Crayons were the first of their kind on Etsy and can be found in a large variety of colors and shapes! Art 2 the Extreme truly has something for everyone.

Imagination Kids Toys: Each of the wooden toys crafted by Imagination Kids Toys are made by the Erin and Nick's four hands from start to finish. Every toy starts as a blank wood canvas where the design is carefully laid out. From there the toys are cut, sanded, and then painted by by hand to inspire creativity and imagination. Not only are their toys handcrafted but they are also made with non-toxic materials.

boris loved natasha: Boris loved natasha is a small, Indianapolis business featuring hand made purses, clutches and a plethora of zipper pouches for all sorts of gadgets. Often the bags are made from repurposed fabrics with happy little animals stitched on the fronts. Everything is made with the hopes that is brings a smile to the face of the buyer!
 
 
Not too much longer to go until our November 9th event! We are counting down the days and once you read about these three vendors, you will be too (like you weren't doing that already!). From left to right:

Jen Townsend Jewelry: Inspired by bold pattern and color, Jen handcrafts original jewelry using kiln fired enamel and traditional metalsmith techniques. Each piece is handcut from copper, formed, and fired multiple times in a 1500 degree kiln to create the fused surface. Always finished with sterling silver chains or handmade sterling silver earwires, each piece of Jen Townsend Jewelry will become that perfect pop of color and will be sure to turn heads.

Océanne: Anne Harrill is the woman behind Océanne, a small craft business based in Cleveland, OH. In her collections of whimsical wearables you’ll see organic shapes, the use of new and vintage materials, dead stock finds, and techniques such as hand forging, hand stamping and patinas.

Old Tobacco Proof: Old Tobacco Proof celebrates the re-invention of cherished, rugged, time tested objects into practical and sturdy bags and totes. Each item is made by hand, with love and care in Bloomington, IN. The bags visually communicate a story of travel and survival though the natural patina each component has gathered throughout it's many years. They are beautiful and strong, soft and rugged, aged and new.  
 
 
It's cold outside, but these vendors are hot! (At least give us a little smile...) Clockwise from top left:

Madpixel Art + Design: Madpixel is an art and design studio specializing in combining their passions: photography, illustration, design and printmaking. Louisville, Kentucky-based husband and wife team, Ron Jasin and Mary Yates, combine these techniques to create unique designs for a wide variety of clients. Madpixel was started in 1992 as a hobby, doing band flyers and advertisements for photocopied ‘zines, but in 2005 it all just clicked. Doing small-run, hand printed gig posters has opened doors that allow them to do something for a living that hardly feels like work.

Opposite of Far: Opposite of Far started out as a dream that owner Jessica Near turned into a reality. This Indiana-based handmade business makes unique, simple, high-quality masks for both kids and adults to enjoy. Opposite of Far believes in encouraging play and expanding imaginations for all ages!

MissHappyPink: MissHappyPink creates and prints hand-pulled limited-edition screen prints, a collection of greeting cards, and super cute shirts. They believe in handmade delights for people who like to smile.

Toys, Games and Stationary by Jean Elise: Toys for young adventurers who have a penchant for world travel. Adorable cards that somehow manage to sum up your exact sentiment. Play money featuring American fauna, suitable for all imaginary debts wonderfully fantastic. Traditional Chinese board games and unusual animal alphabet blocks. All of this and more... by Jean Elise!