A Note from Handmade Happy Hours

Dear Friends, As we know, times are strange, uncertain, and just plain weird right now. The new “normal” is something we’ve never experienced, and no one has the answers to when this will end. I saw a post on Facebook recently, that I would like to share. WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT… I …

Vendor Feature: KA Essentials

Introducing: KA Essentials Web: https://shopkaessentials.com/ Instagram: @ka_essentials Co-founders Omar Denteh & Ifreke King of KA Essentials, LLC, have each struggled with their own issues as a result of the skincare products they formerly used – including dry, sensitive skin and even hyper pigmentation. Denteh was born and raised in Chicago, in a Ghanaian and Nigerian …

Please Help Keep Handmade Happy Hours Alive

Please help keep our Handmade Happy Hours Markets™ alive & something we can look forward to in the future. Well, it’s official. Illinois is shut down until at least April 30th. As we shelter-in-place, heeding the calls of our government to stay home & save lives, we don’t know when our next in-person Handmade Happy …

New Makers Added to Virtual Marketplace

Check out the new Makers & Artists added to our Virtual Marketplace! Everyday, we are adding 5 more makers to our Virtual Marketplace. Our Virtual Marketplace is meant to bring you the best Chicago Makers & Artists that are usually showcasing their work at our in-person Handmade Happy Hours monthly markets. Why buy from local, …

Check out our new Virtual Marketplace

Introducing: Handmade Happy Hours Virtual Marketplace While we wait for things to get back to “business-as-usual,” we want to support our makers & artists that you would usually see at our in-person markets by establishing an online Virtual Marketplace. Our artists & makers have had their events canceled for March, April, and beyond. Many, if …

Step off COVID-19!!

Man, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is really screwing with our HHH event schedule! Coronavirus is here, and whether we like it or not, we have to deal with it accordingly. It’s scary, it’s unprecedented, and it’s inducing a lot of anxiety for everyone. It sucks!! Schools, businesses, bars, restaurants, and more are closed all around the city …

Join us for another Artist/Maker Networking Event – March 25, 2020

We had such positive feedback from our first Networking Event, that we’ve decided to organize another one! Want to learn more about Handmade Happy Hours? About selling your work in the Chicago market? How to promote yourself better via social media, newsletters, etc.? What shows you should be on the lookout for, and possibly more …

Artist Feature: Lauren of Twidley Bits

Introducing: Lauren of Twidley Bits Web: http://www.twidleybits.com/ Instagram: @twidleybits Lauren’s energy is contagious & unmatched. She started her business in August of 2019, making scrumptious jams, fruit butters, pickles and plant-based cheeses. Lauren lights up our HHH markets with energy and delicious nibbles of carrot pickles, Chicago-style giardiniera, pickled okra… not to mention the jams …

Artist Feature: Anna of Hof Draws

Introducing: Anna of Hof Draws Web: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HofDraws Insta: @hof.draws Anna started selling custom pet portraits to friends and family around the holidays of 2018. It wasn’t until the summer of 2019 that she decided to selling her artwork prints online. She says: “I tried to grow my social media following to increase sales that way, …