The Collective 2019

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The Collective

04.20.2019

Spring revealed itself on the Saturday morning of The Collective 2019. LAB brought together a community of curated creatives and entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities, where local businesses, craft, and talent were the focal point. We were overjoyed to host over 40+ vendors at this annual modern marketplace that our team looks forward to every year - where we strive to embrace our mission to connect, create and collaborate.

Excitement was brewing as vendors set up their unique displays and exclusive pop-up shops overflowing with local craft and handmade goods. Early Bird ticket holders were anxious to start their shopping before doors opened to the public, and a line formed out the door at The Loring Social. Meanwhile, guests were dazzled by Ma Jolie’s flower cart where build your own bouquets gave us our wanna-be-florist fix. Once inside, guests were greeted by a buzz of conversation and connection, while artwork, vintage pieces, hand-crafted jewelry and other treasures filled the space. The stimulation set in, and our hearts were bursting at the seams.

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Ooo’s and ahh’s were heard as guests strolled through the aisles. The showcased talent and creativity was endless - each vendor brought something unique to the space as they ignited guests with joy and creativity. Scents of freshly poured wax from True Hue, Duluth Candle Co, and Wacks Co filled the air. Conversation of sustainable fashion sparked from Winsome Goods. We were reminded of the beauty that stems from recycled goods thanks to those who have an eye for curating vintage pieces such as Arlee Park and House of Verna.

Connections were forming as we truly indulged in a community of makers coming together to share passion. The powerful movement of shifting back to shopping small and buying with intention was evident. Each person in attendance was subtly contributing, listening humbly to the meaning behind the products and the stories behind the makers.

Click here to check out all the event details and vendors from the 2019 lineup.


Speaker Sessions

A perennial favorite aspect of The Collective – Speaker Sessions. Every year, guests have the opportunity to head up to the LAB space and gain insight and access to the amazing community of innovators and creatives with thoughtful conversation.

JERROD SUMNER BRANDTABULOUS

BRINGING THE SACRED TO YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS

Jerrod of Brandtabulous always has the creative and business insights we all need to hear. In his session, Jerrod talked about approaching our craft with the right mindset and how that can affect the outcome of the crafts we produce.

ALLISON VAILLANCOURT
BLNCD NATURALS

CBD: FROM FEAR TO FERVOR

Allison from BLNCD Naturals, discussed a trending topic that more and more people are beginning to use in their daily routine. Thank you Allison for educating us on CBD!

KATHRYN STERNER
WINSOME GOODS

SUSTAINABLE FASHION

Kathryn from Winsome Goods was so kind to shed some light on sustainability when it comes to fashion. She talked about what the best sustainable options are and picking the right options for you, based on your needs.

MERCEDES AUSTIN
MERCURY MOSAICS

GIVING, COLLABORATION & HARD WORK WHEN BUILDING A CREATIVE EMPIRE

Mercedes - Founder of Mercury Mosaics spoke about how giving and collaboration can have an impact on your business. As an incredible business woman she encouraged everyone to not cut corners and make the hard work fun.


Mini LABs

Guests were able to take a little of LAB home with them. With leather key chains, aromatherapy sprays and smudge building, everyone was able to get their DIY on and walk away with goodies that they were able to make themselves. Cheers to everyone who took on a little project and experienced a Mini LAB!

 
 
 

LAB Instructor Demo’s

Four of our talented instructors gave us a glimpse into their craft and the classes they teach at LAB:

Dan Horan, Merchant LeatherLeather LAB 1.0 + 2.0

Clair Daley, Hooked CalligraphyCalligraphy LAB

Jessica Chung, Pretty Prints & PaperBrush Calligraphy LAB

Lindsay Gruetzmacher, Illustrated GoodsPunch Needle LAB

Check out the upcoming classes to fully experience LAB’s creative side!

 
 
 

A Special Thank You

We would like to give a HUGE thank you to Coffee Cart who fueled us, NOLO Donut Cart for satisfying our donut cravings, and of Steady Pour x Gray Duck Vodka for providing a speciality cocktail to remember. Thank you to Loring Social and D’amico Catering for providing your inspiring space and exceptional catering services!

 
 

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Mural By: Murals Your Way

Thank you
from the LAB team!

Thanks to our incredible vendors, speakers, and guests - we loved having you as part of our event. A special shoutout to those who took the time to explore our space and community. We hope you left feeling inspired to create, connect, and collaborate.

Until next year!

- LAB


 

Written by: LAB Intern & Contributing Writer Madeline Wichterman. Photography by: Hello Love Photography + Jessica Holleque

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