Central Flea Maker Profile - Skandle

Skandle is run by Bold Maker Studio, a collaborative Maker Space in the heart of the Haverhill Arts District. BMS designs and fabricates a broad line of interior decor and furniture pieces from coffee and side tables, runner tables, pedestals and more. Sturdy construction, fine materials, natural oxide pigments. 

BMS is dedicated to developing high quality molds and tools, enabling craftsmen and craftswomen to create and forge their own products. Skandle is but one of their amazing creations. 

WEB: https://boldmakerstudio.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/boldprintshop/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/boldprintshop/

Central Flea Maker Profile - Freyja Jewels

mystical adornments for the modern goddess

A lot of Freyja Jewels creations come forth in an attempt to linger in the twilight between life and the afterlife, to gain a closeness to loved ones lost, or maybe mend a broken heart. Also as a type of psychic armor, protective talismans that bring comfort in times of strife; or simply worn for their beauty and design. Freyja Jewels will be bringing these mystical handmade creations to the Central Flea to satiate our curiosity and wonder. 

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Central Flea Maker Profile - I'm Your Present

I'm Your Present is run by designer Kelly Eident. All items are handmade , modeled, and photographed by her and her two awesome assistants, Liz and Kayla. I'm Your Present started selling on Etsy in 2007 and is currently one of the top selling clothing designers on Etsy! Kelly also sells her clothing and jewelry in boutiques all over the world, from her home town of Providence, RI to Tokyo, Japan! Her designs have been featured in numerous blogs and publications and can be spotted on celebrities such as Audrey Kitching, Katy Perry, and Ariel Pink. Kelly currently lives in Providence with her collection of giant stuffed ponies and her cat, Meatball. 

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Central Flea Vintage Dealer Profile - Vivant Vintage

Vivant Vintage carries the vintage you want,
in the styles and at a cost you can't say no to.

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Vivant Vintage offers an extensive collection of vintage clothing, antiques and oddities.
Browse their clothing, they carry and have sections for women's, men's and unisex garb of EVERY style. Vivant also carries an extensive collection of home decor, oddities, cameras, vinyl and more!

The Vivant family prides themselves on be able to provide affordable style and objects of interest to the Greater Boston community. Beyond the vintage clothing and antiques, Vivant has a growing mix of artist made products, even some from our fellow Central Flea vendors! Vivant aches to become a community connector for everything local and underground. Feel free to drop flyers for any upcoming shows or events in the area and they will do their best to promote you!

Vivant's mission is to breathe a new breathe of life and culture to this amazing hub we call Boston.

WEB: http://www.vivantvintage.com/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/vivantvintage/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Vivantvintage/

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall... The Story of Fall River Makers, Liquor Wicks.

Liquor Wicks creates custom Liquor, Beer, and Wine Candles using pure natural and organic soy wax, cotton core wicks, and scents containing natural oils. They've been a champion of the open markets for years, dazzling fans and garnering new customers at every event. As we all know, handmade stardom comes with it's challenges and it certainly doesn't happen over night. This is the story of how Liquor Wicks got their start. There were 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

Owners, Meaghan McCarthy and Freddy Freeman had just lost their jobs. They went out to eat with friends for a morale boost and while at dinner, the eco-conscious duo noticed all the beautiful bottles behind the bar, destined for landfills once depleted. They devised a plan to start recycling as many bottles as they could from hundreds of restaurants and bars around the Massachusetts.

From sun up to sun down, once a week, Freddy and Meaghan would drive their truck to the restaurants to pick up recyclable waste, returning to Freddy’s mother’s garage to spend the next several hours sorting the haul for the recycling centers. Since Massachusetts is a state that rewards consumers with a bottle and can deposit, the couple planned for the recycled materials to not only better the environment, but provide a weekly pay out too. Their first trip to the deposit center was a rough one. The deposit program didn't accept liquor bottles, one of the chief discards and items they had collected all week. 

Frustrated (and stuck with a garage full of liquor bottles) the couple reached their first "ah-ha" moment. “Seeing all those bottles reminded me of my grandparents wine collection. My grandmother would cut empty bottles open when I was a kid to make drinking glasses. I’m told it was the thing to do in the 60s and 70s,” said McCarthy. The idea grew and the craft began.Meaghan and Freddy finally found a use for the bottles and Liquor Wicks was born. 

Liquor Wicks now uses top-shelf post-consumer liquor bottles to create scented, natural essential oils, 100% soy wax, and 100% cotton wicks candles, made and hand-poured in Fall River, Massachusetts.  

The duo keeps it local, selling at Rhode Island craft shows and serving as a rock to the New England Open Market events and a Season Pass Holder at the Greenway Open Market. "We try to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible, and we have our soy wax supplier in the same center as our warehouse,” says Freeman. "Our soy wax is made at American soy farms—we are helping them too.”

So, while you might not be able to get drunk off the bottled candles, you can stop by the Greenway Open Market for a sampling and meet Freddy and Meaghan in person. Liquor Wicks is also available for wholesale opportunities through their website www.liquorwicks.com.

Original Article at Design Life Network

Central Flea Profile - Cupcake City

Cupcake City makes gourmet cupcakes that are baked fresh daily with no preservatives or additives.  We use top quality and local ingredients, and you will find 6 to 8 different flavors on board our truck at any time.  Our storefront is located at 137 Main Street, Reading MA, and our food truck can be found on the Greenway or at various events throughout Massachusetts. 

Follow us on Facebook:  cupcakecityreading;
Instagram:  CupcakecityMA
Twitter:  CupcakecityMA.  

Central Flea Vendor Profile - QUUEENN

QUUEENN is an emerging lifestyle brand that specializes in unique handmade accessories. QUUEENN designs and produces contemporary items with the simple yet stylish person in mind. Our collection utilizes fresh and exciting textiles from all over the globe to create a line that embodies subtle statements and bold accents.

Cassandra Queen is an artist and designer born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a chemist by training and holds an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Oregon and a B.S. in chemistry with a minor in art from Simmons College. She is currently pursuing her interests in textile design, fashion design and garment construction via self-teaching methods and through courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her interests include fabric/fiber manipulation, surface design, textile digital printing, and silk screening. When she is not busy teaching fashion design to youth or doing homework, she is sewing fashionable garments and accessories, experimenting with various crafting techniques, and spending boo time with friends.

Central Flea Vendor Profile - Eli Portman

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014.

Primarily focusing on drawing, Portman also experimented with oil painting and woodblock printmaking during his time at University.  He has since returned to the Boston area, where he currently lives, and teaches art to children and adults. His Artwork has been hung in galleries, shops and cafes throughout the Greater Boston Area. Portman has also been hired for murals, private commissions, illustrations and more. He currently sells his work daily from his storefront in the 'Out of the Blue Gallery' collective in Cambridge.

Artist's Statement:
In an era where so many new things are being created and built, people forget the things that are no longer shiny and chrome. The structures that are held up by nothing more than some loose strands and faith. The objects covered in grime and the dust of disuse. Shattered windows, rusted girders, cracked bricks. The very things that we ignore, the things that we cast aside, I find the most beautiful. In my drawings, I show these things in the way that I see them. With wonder and amazement. When you look at my drawings, I suggest that you think about the things in this world that were once exciting, new and expensive, and which time has reduced to almost nothing.  Those are the monuments of our society that to me, mean everything.

Current  Showings:
-Harvard Square JP Licks, 1312 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
-reen Side Up Gallery, 202 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA
-1369 Coffee House, 757 Mass Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge
-North Eastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont St, Roxbury, MA--Until end of July

Website: http://eliportman.weebly.com/

Central Flea Vendor Profile - TRILLFIT

TRILLFIT is Boston's original hip hop workout party. We believe that fitness should be fun, inclusive, and set to the illest soundtrack. Squad up and make it TRILL today.

What people are saying, 
"I went to the cardio dance class on Wednesday and I can't wait to go back! I had so much fun, the music was great and I really enjoyed the workout. Our teacher made each person feel welcome. The moves were easy to follow as a first timer. The hour class flew by, I know it's a great class when I'm not checking the clock!" - Lizzie Pond

"Trillfit is a blessing from the fitness gods! There is nothing like learning the choreography to Beyoncé's epic "formation" video and toning your abs while singing along to Desiigner's "panda." 
 This is not your average fitness class where the instructors can barely hold a 1. 2. step and you barely break a sweat. Trillfit is empowering, challenging, and simply trill! The founder and her lovely instructors have cultivated an inclusive environment. There is nothing more comfortable than being in a class where you sweat, feel sexy, and laugh at yourself because you missed a step and no one cares. After attending my first class, I was sad that it was over. I didn't want the party to end, so I immediately signed up for another class and another one... If you're seeking motivation to stay fit, do yourself a favor and sign up for Trillfit. You won't regret it!" - Nakia Hill

Where hip-hop and wellness meet. Trillfit is an elevated wellness and entertainment concept that celebrates hip hop and live music through carefully curated fitness activations and social gatherings.

Website: http://www.trill.fit/