The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, a.k.a. BEAD, is made up of galleries, shops, restaurants, hotels, live music, performing arts, and parks in 10 distinct districts that all make the downtown area unique. As a project of the City of Bloomington and an official Indiana Cultural District, BEAD brings businesses and creatives together to promote development, community, commerce, and culture. You can take a walk on the B-line Trail, grab a bite on Restaurant Row, see a play in the Show District, check out a new artist at one of the many galleries, and so much more on one of the 60 blocks that make up BEAD. So if you aren’t a resident of our fabulous city, come on over and “Experience what makes Bloomington, Bloomington.” But we’ve gotta warn you: you may not want to leave.
Don't you just love fun things you can put in your kitchen, hang on your walls, or display on your bookshelves? This group of vendors delivers. From left to right:
Dickinson Kitchenware: Dickinson Kitchenware is a small family business that uses locally harvested hardwoods to create kitchenware that is both appealing and completely functional. They use only hand techniques and power tools, no CNC machines or lasers, to create each of their kitchenware pieces. Every piece is sanded then oiled in a food safe oil and are ready for use!
Jodi Lynn's Emporium of Doodles: Jodi Lynn is an illustrator from Metro Detroit. Born and raised in Michigan she finds much of her inspiration from exploring the outdoors and learning about science.
Read Write Books: Read Write Books is a line of journals and stationery inspired by modern design and vintage books.
Start making space in your home now for these great items! November 9th is coming up fast.
These four vendors have got you covered from head to toe and wherever else! From left to right:
Stinkybomb Soap: Stinkybomb Soap takes iconic shapes and turns them into ironic soap, using hand-cast novelty molds. While their name might imply stinky, their soaps are pleasant in scent.
1UP Gallery: 1UP Gallery loves upcycling! They take old, broken video game controllers, consoles, and game cartridges doomed for the landfill, and create charming accessories
Sunday Afternoon Housewife: The woman behind Sunday Afternoon Housewife is a self-taught jewelry maker and silk-screen artist from Indianapolis, IN. Her show consists of creating Scrabble tile pendants and silk-screen tees from original designs under her own clothing label, Indie Loves Indy.
Wholly Craft!: Wholly Craft is a small shop in Columbus, Ohio that features handmade goods from over 200 crafters and artists. The wide variety of goods includes clothing, accessories, paper goods, housewares, fine art prints, and much more. In addition to the storefront, Wholly Craft represents selected artists at fairs and events throughout the Midwest.
Less than a month until you can shop 'til you drop at our event on November 9th!
The recently opened Rainbow Bakery is Bloomington's first all vegan bakery. We're so glad they're here. With scrumptious treats like fall-flavored donuts (oh yes, that includes pumpkin), beautifully decorated cupcakes and cakes, and so much more, even non-vegans will fall in love with this place. Gluten-free? They've got you covered. Both vegan and gluten-free goods come in all kinds of creative flavor varieties like lavender, chai latte, licorice, chocolate peanut butter, green tea, and lots more. Not only are the flavors fun, the shop itself has a cool and quirky vibe that will quickly make it your new favorite place to hangout, study, or catch-up with your donut-loving friends. Rainbow Bakery is located at 201 S. Rogers Street.
More great accessories! This time there are stylish items for you and for the kids. Clockwise from top left:
Two Seaside Babes: Two Seaside Babes is a central Indiana family business specializing in trendy and modern handmade, quality crocheted hats, accessories, and gifts. Their fashion-forward, traditional, and child-friendly styles of hats range in all sizes from preemies through adults. The shop also has a number of items for photographers looking for unique, fun, and cuddly newborn and children's props such as blankets, wraps, and hats.
Anne Holman Jewelry Design: Inspired by objects from the past, Anne Holman’s jewelry gives a nod of appreciation to her family history while also honoring traditions of the decorative arts that she grew up watching the women in her family pursue. Her work includes antique textile patterns, hand set glass cabochons, and antique maps from her collection of old world atlases. Anne revisits these pieces from the past and gives them a new life in a fresh modern design.
JO Designs: JO Designs makes hand crocheted jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces as well as an assortment of other crocheted items. These include beards (in child and adult sizes), hats, ear warmers, and teething biscuits. Game Day beards can be found at the locally-owned Greetings shop, so stock up, Hoosier fans!
Innad: Innad is a maker of compact wallets, funky backpacks, and pocket-sized paper goods that bring fashion and function together in harmony. Functionality is important in the items used in everyday life and is part of Innad's mission to create accessories that have the practicality for everyday use, and the style to keep things interesting.
Don’t know about you, but we can hardly wait for the chance to check this stuff out on November 9th!
This group of vendors will delight both you and the kiddos. Clockwise from left:
Cordial Kitten: Cordial Kitten creates cute (and sometimes sinister) illustration prints and matching jewelry. Don't have a kid in your life to buy for? Don't worry, Cordial Kitten is for everyone! Decorate your walls and yourself with sweet animals and their friends.
Bearmojo: Bearmojo is the brainchild of Todd and Andrea. What once started as a fabric obsession has turned into an explosion of bright rainbow colors and monster cuddliness that these makers have to share with the world. Every Bearmojo original is made with love and to bring a smile to your face.
Mr. Sogs Creatures: All Mr. Sogs Creatures are uniquely designed plush creations. They make great companions for kids (and adults) of all ages. Mr. Sogs also offers a variety of animal themed nursery prints.
To stock up on all this cuteness, be sure to hit up our holiday market on Novenber 9th at the Convention Center!