Artisans from across the community were able to showcase their work on Saturday at the first Craft Market event at Optimist Park in Vine Grove. The market featured a variety of kiosks set up by artists, businesses and agricultural producers, as well as food trucks and other vendors.
David Jessop from Rineyville was one of the artisans in attendance at the Saturday market. Jessop reuses parts from bourbon casks to produce wine racks, drinking glass holders, candle holders and other items.
Jessop said before Saturday that he had never organized at any supplier events before. Jessop said he started working with bourbon casks about 2.5 years ago and often gifted them to friends and family.
“My intention was never to do a business, I don’t have a business,” he said. “It is literally an artisan, art and craft setup.”
Jessop said he discovered the market because his granddaughter was playing soccer in Optimist Park and noticed a sign announcing the event.
“I was like, ‘Wow, I have all this extra stuff in my house,’ he said.
The event was the first in a series of scheduled market dates at Optimist Park. The event is also scheduled for May 22, June 5, and June 19. All scheduled events will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public.
There are no setup fees for vendors or food trucks in the market.
Barbie Franks, co-owner of Radcliff Treasure City, was also installed at the event, offering vintage trains, Hot Wheels and other toys. She said the event was a great opportunity to showcase her business, which opened two months ago.
“I’ll be back,” she said. “I really enjoyed it today. I have met a lot of people.
At a booth set up by local firm Durbin Designs, guests were greeted with a display of hand-crafted decorative wooden bears. Kristi Harding, co-owner of the business, said since the business started last December, they’ve probably made more than 1,000 wooden bears. In addition to offering products online, she said the business is often set up at the Rineyville Farmer’s Market, which operates every Sunday during the growing season.
Harding said the open-air environment and accessibility of the Saturday craft market was very appealing.
“The fact that we were able to come here for free was great and it gives us a chance,” she said. “And it feels normal again.”