Polar Root Studio
Sep21

Polar Root Studio

This week we are going to share the spot light on a local business owned by Justine Hettler called Polar Root Studio. As many of you know the Barr Street Market is a way for small business owners to showcase the products have to offer and Polar Root Studio does just that. Justine has been interested in art science since as long as she can remember. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Saint Francis, but it wasn’t until she graduated that book making became her focus. Justine states “I just love to make things with my hands, and adding a hand carved print on the front gives me the best of both worlds”. From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made What exactly is it that Polar Root has to offer?  From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made. Beginning from the cutting down of the paper with a ruler and zacto knife, to folding each sheet, to sewing text blocks together, to designing and carving each image printed on the front. We asked Justine what she enjoyed most about being a vendor at the Barr Street Market. “I enjoy getting to know the other venders around me. So many creatives, and such a vast variety of product. I also enjoy getting the chance to show my work in person, the chance for my notebooks to be touched, help, and experienced- opposed to looking at a computer screen.” If you missed Polar Root Studio at the Barr Street Market don’t worry there are a few ways to learn about the company. Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/PolarRootStudio Instagram: http://instagram.com/polarroot_studio Email: justinehettler@Hotmail.com “All of my work is inspired by elements of nature. I am continuously amazed at all the textures, colors, and shapes that can be found on the tiniest details. And most often, these beautiful details are on things that usual go unnoticed, like a broken piece of bark on the ground. Hopefully, by bringing attention to these details, I can get others to notice and appreciate...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Big Purple Deck
Aug28

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Big Purple Deck

I don’t know about y’all, but when I am shopping fun brand names always catch my eye. Big Purple Deck caught mine! Their products are just as unique as their name. Big Purple Deck is one of the many vendors at the YLNI Barr Street Market. This wonderful establishment was created by and is run by Linda Rupp and Judy Yoder, two sisters. This is their first year at the YLNI Barr Street Market, “We are just getting started in the business and have been testing the water to see if there was a market for our product.” Big Purple Deck creates sandcasted leaves for indoor and outdoor use and decor. What makes one interested in making sandcasted leaves you ask? Rupp and Yoder saw leaves made of ceramic once and loved them! They read how to make them using concrete. “My sister and I finally got together about a year ago specifically to try our hand at it. We were very pleased and friends were impressed and interested in buying.” The number ONE thing they want all their customers to know is each leaf made is an individual. They can only use a leaf one time and one time only. They do not change any of the leaves details. It is all original with the leaf’s design. They paint each item by hand and finish every one with a gloss and an outdoor sealer, each product can be outside if desired. They use a variety of leaves that they mostly gather from their own flower beds and gardens. Each leaf varies from 3 inches to over 20 inches. Some suggested uses of these unique sandcasted leaves are: a candy dish, a soap dish, a spoon rest, a place by kitchen sink for a scratcher, a jewelry or loose change or key holder, a candle holder, a table top display, or a bird feeder. And, they are beautiful to place in your flower beds. Rupp and Yoder’s favorite thing about the YLNI Barr Street Market is “Visiting with the people who stop by. It’s so interesting to see their facial expressions and hear their comments when we explain our product.  We have had wonderful feedback and compliments.” Big Purple Deck’s next and FINAL date at the market is August 29 (TOMORROW)! Look for them at local numerous craft shows in the surrounding area. They will soon be on Facebook. Right now their business is just word of mouth. So come visit...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Fort Roasting
Aug21

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Fort Roasting

Before you decide to keep reading, let’s get a few things straight. Coffee is delicious. Coffee is a liquefied miracle. Coffee is the nectar of life itself. The only thing better than coffee is cold-brewed coffee. And the only thing better than cold-brewed coffee is Fort Roasting’s extra-filtered, nitrogenated, cold-brewed coffee. Fort Roasting* (soon to become Conjure Coffee) is a Barr Street Market operation powered by Corey Waldron. To make his signature chilled brew, Corey uses a unique process to cold brew, refrigerate and filter the brew. Then the coffee is put into nitro kegs (the same kind used for Guinness beer). Just as it does when you order a pint of stout, a pull on the tap pumps the coffee full of teeny, tiny nitrogen bubbles. Those little bubbles give the cold brew an extra smooth, chocolaty, creamy flavor that goes down easy – no cream or sugar required. Even better, the cold-brewing process leaves the coffee with virtually zero acidity or bitterness. But the unique cold-brewing process isn’t the only thing Fort Roasting does well. The artisanal coffee roasting operation also sells a changing rotation of small-batch roasted coffees from around the world. Corey and his wife Darcy launched Fort Roasting in February 2015. But as a longtime “coffee snob” (the best kind) and local entrepreneur, Corey had toyed with the idea of starting a microroasting coffee operation for quite awhile. Corey spent the past eight years building a coffee-powered livelihood as a founding partner of ModBar, a manufacturing company that installs its customized, under-the-counter brewing systems in high-end coffee shops worldwide. But as he stepped away from ModBar’s day-to-day operations, he realized he missed playing with coffee. All those years thinking about brewing meant he didn’t get to create roasts and experiment with beans. With the launch of Fort Roasting, Corey has re-ignited his passion for hands-on, small-scale coffee making. The Fort Roasting lineup includes two coffee blends, XS and Abyss, as well as six single-origin varieties. Corey plans to continue to offer more varietals from all the dominant coffee-growing regions worldwide. He uses only premium beans (ratings in the 80-90+ range), with a focus on sustainability, Fair Trade certification, and traceability to the farm. Small-batch roasting limits his roasts to 6 lbs. or less, but it also helps him keep a close eye on quality and sustainability. “The small batch philosophy means more time spent sourcing rare and interesting coffees, cupping them for quality, and roasting them to fully accentuate the notes and flavor profiles those beans have to offer,” says Corey. “By roasting small batch our growth is limited and forced to be sustainable...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Juice Jar
Aug07

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Juice Jar

Like any Barr Street Market regular, there are a few booths I make sure to hit every week. At my first stop, I always grab about 4-6 pounds of organic fruits and veggies. I get it all for about eight bucks and I usually eat it all within a few minutes! Okay, so “eat” may not be the best description… because this fresh produce has already been pressed into a tasty juice by the friendly artisans at Juice Jar! Juice Jar is the homegrown idea of Jill Howard, with help from her husband Scott. They officially launched the company in May 2015, a few weeks before the opening of Barr Street Market. But the idea for a cold-pressed juice company had been on Jill’s mind for a long time. After 15 year of unexplainable health problems – pain, digestive problems, skin issues – she was searching for a solution. She’d seen several doctors, but no one seemed to offer any kind of definitive diagnosis. Her search for answers led her to do a two-week cleanse, eliminating dairy, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and grains. That cleanse marked the end of her symptoms and the beginning of a new quest to nurture her body with fresh, organic food. In 2008, she bought her first juicer and started making juice at home. As the mother of two active sons – teenager Jiya and two-year-old Hudson – Jill loved that fresh juice gave her family their full daily dose recommended fruits, veggies, vitamins and minerals. But keeping up with home juicing meant that she was constantly buying produce and spending hours juicing, jarring and cleaning. She’d run out of time during her family’s busier weeks, and she wished she could just pick up her juice the way she ordered her morning latte. That’s when the idea for Juice Jar was born. From that point forward, launching Juice Jar has been a labor of love for her whole family. Together, they help Jill test recipes, gather produce from local farms, make and bottle juices, deliver orders, and sell fresh juices at the market. Jill also consults with sports nutritionist Zachary Schott to create custom recipes that support health and wellness. Juice Jar’s menu includes 14 varieties of single-bottle juices and three different juice cleanse regimens. A bottle of Juice Jar costs about $7-9. But it’s nothing like the juice you’d buy at the grocery store. Here’s why: Juice Jar uses organic produce – primarily from local farms. Jill visits local organic farms and picks up produce. From there, the fruits and veggies are taken directly to her commercial kitchen, where they’re washed with organic apple cider vinegar, cleaned, cut and juiced....

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Rebecca Stockert Fine Art
Jul11

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Rebecca Stockert Fine Art

The Barr Street Market continues, and this week’s vendor highlight is truly one of vision.  Rebecca Stockert Fine Art pushes the envelope and asks you to look for the beauty and truth in life.  Rebecca, the Education and Outreach Director at Artlink, works out of her home studio to create these masterful pieces.  Her art ranges from sweet, quirky and whimsical to deep, thought-provoking and mildly dark. The image below is, believe it or not, an actual oil painting.  Not one of her plush pieces.  She poses the question, “Which came first, the plush or the painting? Hmmm…” Indeed. Rebecca’s art is focused in two places, Monsters and Motherhood (which, for me, provokes fond memories of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’), and Salt of the Earth. She explained to me her insight and motivations behind her work. “I am in the percolation period between projects, thinking about and sketching for a new series in the Salt of the Earth body of work, as well as working on a few commissions and items for the market.  I have been thinking a lot about Midwestern identity and would like to tie these ideas into works I have done previously – about growing up working class and in a rural environment.  I believe the Midwest is in a delicate place right now as our economies change and we re-envision ourselves.  My ideas tie past, present and future, starting with the myth of the pioneer, touching on rural and urban identities, native flora and fauna, and thinking about what we want to become as a region.  The items I sell at Barr Street Market are more aligned with my Monsters and Motherhood series: plush dolls and cute illustrations.” This is Rebecca’s first year at the market, but she is clearly no rookie.  She loves meeting with the patrons and vendors alike.  “Art and craft patrons need to know that when they purchase an item from an artist, they are buying much more than the material they hold in their hands.  They are buying into a way of life: of the handmade, thoughtfulness, love and creativity.  They are supporting a real, live, breathing artist and encouraging them to keep doing what they are doing.  Every single sale for an artist is meaningful – they are giving part of themselves away.  I have a personal connection to each piece of work I make.” She plans to stay busy creating new art and continuing her career with Artlink.  “We recently started the Fort Wayne Arts Incubator that helps artisans start and sustain small businesses.  I want to be a successful small business owner (with my art)...

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