Coffee, tea and sweets from Recess

September 26, 2014

This year, Recess Coffee & Roastery is back for another Salt Market serving up their famous coffee, tea and sweet treats.

And if you haven’t been keeping up with their progress, you’ll be impressed to hear they’ve started up a mobile coffee trailer, renovated their entire interior, made up a fresh selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, toddler t’s and baby onsies, and are working on a new headquarters to house their operations (including a new roaster, bake shop, storage, office space, barista trainings, cuppings and eventually classes for the general public).


We’re proud to have them as a vendor and encourage you to stop by and check them out for yourself, at 110 Harvard Place.


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Vendor Spotlight: Pidge Pidge, by Vanessa Lauria

September 24, 2014

Next, we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Lauria from Pidge Pidge. We first met Vanessa and her beautiful woven wares at the Second Storie Indie Market back in 2008, and we are so pleased that she’s exhibiting at the Salt Market this year. We know you are going to LOVE her work!


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About the artist

Vanessa loves to play with color, weave, go to craft shows, cook, garden & all that homesteading goodness! She runs pidge pidge sandwiched between her loom, a wall of yarn & her trusty sewing machine. Her grumpy cat, Pigeon, often sits by, overseeing operations!

What drove you to start your business?

I discovered weaving in college. I had had the silly perception that I needed to choose a major that would best prepare me for a career instead of where my true interests lied. Though I didn’t major in fibers, I supplemented my studies by taking all the fibers electives I could. I spent the summer after graduation in the studio, weaving for hours every day. I thank my weaving teacher and mentor for giving me the freedom to explore my craft and go wild with color.
Through the five years that followed college, I worked an assortment of jobs to fund my passion for weaving before taking the leap to starting my own business. In 2008, I went to Chicago to help my friend sell her wares at the September Renegade Craft Fair and met so many people making a living doing what they loved. I came back with loads of inspiration and immediately created my Etsy shop.



What’s the most interesting item you’ve recently made? What makes it so awesome?

I’m so excited to premiere new clutches and foldover clutches at Salt Market this year! Clutches are handsewn in gorgeous linen or wool with colorful zippers, contrasting lining fabric and handwoven details.

I’ve been working on designs for these clutches all summer and am so happy with the high quality materials I’ve sourced. Each purse has colorful lining fabrics and one-of-a-kind handwoven inserts or buttons.



What keeps you making and growing?

Each year I am able to travel to more craft shows and meet more inspiring makers. I fill a notebook with a wealth of ideas, make new friends and get to share my craft with like-minded folks- my favorite part.
Looking forward, I would love to attend bigger craft shows (maybe a trade show) and have a larger inventory. I can’t wait to experiment with more unique fibers and learn to spin yarn as well.

Are there any Salt Market vendors you are looking forward to networking with or purchasing from this year?

Oh boy, there are so many! This is the first craft show I’ve done in the area in a few years so I am really excited to meet new fellow crafters. The Knotty Owl’s chevron necklaces look amazing! Can’t wait to get my paws on them :) I’m also looking forward to reconnecting with The Violet Line. Colette and I were neighbors at my very first craft show in 2008 and I can’t wait to see her new accessories and catch up!


We, Salty Ladies, can’t wait to wrap ourselves in her handwoven scarves! For more on Pidge Pidge, please visit these sites:

instagram: @hellopidgepidge

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Vendor Spotlight: Annalena Davis of Salty Lyon

September 17, 2014

We’re kicking off this year’s vendor spotlight series with Annalena Davis, of Salty Lyon. Salty Lyon is new to our market and we just know that you are going to love her work! Well, if you’re anything like us and obsessed with maps, maps, and maps, that is. Her hand drawn designs will take you all over the world, and back to Syracuse, and we’re along for the ride.

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About the artist

Annalena Davis is an artist, maker, and travel enthusiast, living in the Syracuse NY area, and owner of Salty Lyon prints. She’s originally from State College, Pennsylvania, and after moving around a bit, moved here in 2007 to complete her Masters Degree at SUNY ESF. Since then, she has worked in community development, and started Salty Lyon in 2012. She loves creating art that can help people show their love for their favorite places. Her first designs resulted from a desire to create art that represented some of her favorite places that she’s lived in and explored. Since then, designs for Salty Lyon have grown beyond the few corners of the world she’s seen.

What drove you to start your business?

I went to school for Landscape Architecture, where I learned about design and formed an interest in city planning and maps. Two years ago, in 2012, I was creating graphic art prints in my free time as an outlet for my creative side, and was looking for a challenge and something I could really pour my heart into. So I started Salty Lyon prints and have found that being an artist and a business owner is a great fit for my personality. About a year ago, when I started offering woodblock-mounted prints, my husband, who enjoys woodworking, offered to make the woodblocks. Since then things have grown even more, and I love having him on the team and being able to offer handmade woodblocks along with the usual paper prints.



What’s the most interesting item you’ve recently made? What makes it so awesome?

My most popular items are my hand-drawn city map prints, and I get a lot of requests to draw new cities. But a few months ago I decided to set aside some time to work on a project of my own choosing, and I created some really fun animal photo collages using photos I took on a recent trip to Montana. I had a lot of fun creating this series and am hoping to do more sometime soon!

What keeps you making and growing?

My customers and my travels. I love working with customers who are excited to hang my prints on their walls and tell me why the places they picked are special to them. I love that they can show off where they grew up, met their spouse, had their kids, or where they just love to visit. I love when people share these bits of information with me when they’re buying city prints.

On a more personal level, I love to travel and explore, and every time I go somewhere new I find inspiration and am always eager to make and create more. I especially love to take photos when I travel, and am hoping to create more collages and other fun prints using my photography soon.

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Which vendor or vendors are you looking forward to networking with or purchasing from?

I’ve been drooling over Planetarium’s work for a while now and I am hoping to find some time to stop by their booth. I love their nature-inspired botanical prints. I’m also excited to check out prints by High Fidelity, Ink + Wit, and the Knotty Owl’s jewelry.


Thanks Annalena for taking the time to talk with us! To view more samples of her work, visit the Salty Lyon Etsy page or her website.

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