What: HAMMS one-day market
When: Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 – 4:00
Where: Former Hamm’s Brewery Shipping Docks at 713 East Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Mark your calendars, lads and Lassies: the 2nd annual Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed (HAMMS) Event is back and better than ever! This one-day, crowdfunding market supports local, small businesses with people- and puppy-pleasing panache: 25,000 square feet of local vendors and food trucks, plus beer and wine tastings — and in a special stroke of genius, the whole thing is dog-friendly. Not only can Sadie come along, but doggie photographer Connie Singer will be on-hand to take her photo. It’s never been more fun to shop local!
In addition to helping vendors showcase their brands to a bigger audience (and their dogs), the event embraces a crowdfunding aspect: one lucky, local business will win up to $5000 in ticket sales and donations to help take their business to the next level. (Last year, the top prize went to Lynn Sanchelli of Painted Stuf.)
All sounds pretty fab, right? Right. As HAMMS Event co-founder Becky Sturm put it, “Shopping and supporting local Minnesota Makers, food trucks, beer, wine, and dogs — does it get any better?” No, we tell you, it does not.
There are tons of goodies to ogle and bring home at the market (and with Mother’s/Father’s Day on the horizon, thank dog!), but here are our top picks:
See you there — we’ll be dolin’ out free Raw Bistro treats, SWD bumper stickers, compliments, and belly rubs!
— Bri Sharkey-Smith