Backyard Board Company
Backyard Board Co. is a local Fishers, Indiana based sign company created by Indiana University alumni Lacy and Hunter Shults. They sell handcrafted rustic framed signs created out of their own backyard workshop. Lacy has created designs that are inspirational, with a touch of humor and some Indiana flare. Lacy and Hunter are avid Hoosier fans and not only met at IU, but got married there last year! They are excited to be back in Bloomington to share with you their new creative business!
The Butterfly Road
Julie Gootee found her spark of inspiration on the road. A decade ago her passion for traveling and vending linked with her connection to nature to conceive The Butterfly Road. She walks the roadsides of Bloomington to collect butterflies, dragonflies, moths and cicadas that have come to the end of their lifecycle. Utilizing stained glass techniques and copper electro-forming, she encases the wings in glass to preserve their beauty in one of a kind jewelry. She views her art as a way to bring awareness to the simple beauty we pass everyday and our impact on the environment.
Wild Botanicals is natural, small batch, artisan skincare. Every product is carefully formulated and crafted with natural botanicals to enhance your beauty, health, and wellness. They are created without synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum, and are made, bottled, and labeled by hand.
Mojowear tees and onesies depend solely on their wearer's sense of humor and irreverence. Meant not to take themselves seriously, they are simple and to the point. Second, Mojo skirts and dresses pride themselves on using upcycled materials to stand out as one-of-a-kind creations sourced from friends, customers and second-hand outlets. Each skirt and dress truly is a labor of love and a second chance at fabulousness.
Lisa Kesler Studio
Lisa Kesler Studio keeps the traditional method of letterpress printing alive with her original linoleum block prints and letterpress cards and calendars.
Lori Leaumont Ceramics
Lori Leaumont Ceramics makes cute, funky, and geeky illustrated pottery. Handmade and illustrated in bright colors and designs with everything from cats in space and Godzilla to mermaids and sci-fi sheros. If you like your home decor quirky and offbeat, you'll want to take home these one-of-a-kind pieces.
Pittman Designs and Fabrication
Pittman Design and Fabrication is a family owned and operated metal art and design shop located on the west side of Indianapolis. We make a line of Indiana pride products and statement pieces that we cut from a cnc plasma cutter. We specialize in custom signage and unique decor for homes and businesses.
Heartell Press letterpress greeting cards are printed with hand-carved woodblocks on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Artist and printmaker Rachel Kroh, who recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Fort Wayne, Indiana, began making cards when she had trouble finding the kind of warm, sincere sympathy cards she wanted to send to family and friends who were experiencing hard times. The collection now includes cards for all kinds of occasions, as well as art prints and boxed note cards--perfect gifts for the holidays!
Boris Loved Natasha
boris loved natasha is a small, handmade business specializing in zipper pouches, clutches, handbags, totes, pillows and key fobs. Everything is made in the hopes that it brings a smile to your face. The products often mix patterns and bold colors for a unique quality product.
DipDips (a.k.a rusks, origin: South Africa) are baked locally in Bloomington IN by three gals who have a love for coffee time, treats, and the conversation that ensues. Their dream is to introduce these irresistibly sweet and crunchy twice baked treats to your daily tea or coffee time ritual, and to make them available not only in Bloomington, but eventually, throughout the US.
Aly Stacy is the designer and dreamer behind KreativeMindz, and is at the forefront of the slow fashion movement. Her mission is to create pieces that embrace each unique spirit, while intertwining comfort, functionality, and consciousness of the social and environmental impact of production.
She designs and creates original, sustainable and durable designs, sourcing all materials from other small businesses. Much of this fabric is organic or sustainable in some way and grown/milled here in the USA. All pieces are made in house by artist. The result is a unique and eclectic collection that speaks to each individual and is comfortable, practical, and flattering to wear.
Burst into Bloom
Leah and Cody from Burst into Bloom curate whimsical prints to design and incorporate into hand-waxed canvas bags, purses, and pouches. They live in Grand Ledge, MI with their two special needs bunnies and spend their days making things, enjoying coffee and good books.
Dupco. items begin as pretty cashmere cast-offs from charity-run thrift stores that are rescued, given a hot bath and a new life as handmade apparel and accessory items. Not only do these items look and feel great, but recycling cashmere sweaters minimizes the detrimental environmental consequences associated with the ever-increasing goat herds used to produce this luxury material. Items include reversible fingerless mittens ($45), ear warmers ($25) and a variety of scarf styles ($40+).
thethirdarrow is the brainbaby of two ohio-dwelling people who love making puns, art, and cards. they have a card for every occasion (even the ones that arguably do not NEED a card) and want to make you laugh.
Vintageliz hand cuts, dyes, stitches and tools one of a kind accessories ( watches, belts, cuffs, bracelets and wallets) for both men and women. Custom fitting available on site.
Spoons + Such
Spoons & Such is a small jewelry business based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Using recycled materials including vintage silverware, Hannah Thees creates many one of a kind pieces such as rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and even bookmarks! Along with recycled materials, she loves to incorporate sterling and fine silver along with precious gemstones including turquoise and jasper. Each piece is hand crafted from start to finish and built to last a lifetime. With a love for the desert, many of Hannah's piece have a southwestern feel and she loves to include stamping designs into her work.
Detroit Jam Co.
Detroit Jam Co. makes all their jams in small batches using traditional hot water bath canning methods. They create unique flavor profiles you're not likely to find on your grocery store shelves and use high quality ingredients, sourcing locally whenever possible.
JKM Soy Candles
JKM Soy Candles offers 100% soybean wax candles that have been hand-poured in small batches. They are made in a wide variety of fun and unique scents using premium fragrance and essential oils. You are sure to find a scent (or a few!) to delight your senses.
Offering adorable paper critters and DIY craft kits, as well as unique hanging paper sculptures, Paper Acorn is in a class all to itself. Jessica has been Cincinnati area's go-to gal for all things paper art for nearly a decade! She is constantly finding new ways to work with her favorite medium and is excited to share her paper art with Bloomington!
Toys by Jean Elise
Toys by Jean Elise makes imaginative and inspiring educational toys and games as well as cute Bloomington and Indiana inspired goodies! Stop by for some sweet-and-quirky toys that will be right up the sweet-and-quirky kiddos in your life. Plus, unique true-to-Bloomington designs that show off what you love the most about our town. What more could you want?