Where Art & Craft Converge: Made Local Marketplace
The Bay Area, and Sonoma County in particular, is home to a vibrant and growing contingent of creative entrepreneurs, artists and craftsmen who believe quality trumps quantity, personal touch is more interesting than rubber stamp production, and that “locally made” is a greener choice than imported. It’s a philosophy that spans the making of everything from food and wine to home furnishings and fashions at the Made Local Marketplace.
The results of those “cottage industries” is a mind-boggling array of products, each more unique and interesting than the other. And if you are visiting, and would like to take a little bit of Sonoma County home with you via a gift for others or yourself, the choices can seem all the more overwhelming. So what to do?
By all means, keep exploring all the avenues that interest you. But if you are looking for the perfect gift or keepsake to remind you of your trip, consider visiting Made Local Marketplace in downtown Santa Rosa. They have curated thousands of items made by over 600 North Bay artists to create a market like no other.
There’s something for everyone here, at almost very price range. You can tuck some truly unique smaller gifts easily into your suitcase – such as fragrant goat’s milk soap made at a local family goat farm, or a bar of Rachel Renner’s creamy and rich dark chocolate made entirely without refined sugar or dairy for under $10 each.
Or you can opt for something truly spectacular, such as a retro bicycle designed and crafted by world class bicycle maker Jeremy SyCip or recycled wood furnishings that resonate with the gleam of lustrous finishes and a timeworn patina. And in between are hundreds of items from the practical to the fantastic for everyone from the tiniest of infants to the most urbane of city sophisticates. There’s even a section for well pampered pets.
To make it all easier, Made Local Marketplace will also package your choices for giving and can ship them right from the store… or help you figure out other creative ways to get your treasures home!
Need a little more help choosing? They’d be happy to hunt down some of the more unique gifts you may have missed or help you create a basket of goodies for those special people (or pets) in your life.
My advice: prepare to spend some time here. It’s almost a museum of one-of-a-kind arts, crafts and gourmet treats just waiting to be discovered. And if you start to run out of steam, you can revive your spirits with pour-over coffee or tea and something sinful at the Criminal Bakery cart inside the marketplace, or stroll out for lunch at Thai House just up the street, or the beloved Belly “Left Coast Kitchen & Tap Room”.