Today was the first of many Cleveland Bazaar events to be held this year in Cleveland’s Market Square across from the West Side Market. The event runs every two weeks all summer long. It typically takes place on a Saturday. The first one was held this past Sunday. This is my first time taking a trip to the Bazaar and it did not disappoint. It’s a market made up of local goods and fashion. From tanks and tee’s helping you show your Cleveland pride to homemade chocolate truffles and jams. The Cleveland Bazaar is a must do this summer. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the weather and shop local.
My first stop at the Bazaar, of course, was the homemade chocolate truffles. What girl wouldn’t make that her first stop? Especially because the truffles have a special ingredient all adults can enjoy? Carolina Martin creates handmade truffles she calls “The Bom.” These delectable treats are infused with alcohol such as Bailey’s and Raspberry Vodka. She also hosts home truffle making parties. If you make it to the Bazaar this season make sure to stop by Carolina’s booth and try her truffles there “The Bom!”
In a tasting mood, I soon found myself in front of the Homemade Gifts in A Jar: Jams and Preserves tent. There were samplings of preserves and jams that were made with real fruit. My taste buds enjoyed the sticky treat. I even took their award winning strawberry/orange preserves home with me. The jam was a tasty treat on top of some Brie cheese later that evening. Homemade Gifts in A Jar another must see when attending the Bazaar.
After my taste buds were sated with the local homemade fair I began to look around at the fashions and handmade goods. I came across two tee shirt booths adorned in various Cleveland slogans. Snakes and Acey’s was the first tee shirt booth I perused. This booth was filled with handmade local tee shirts. The small screen printing company was founded by Hannah and Anthony. Hannah has her BFA in printmaking and Anthony’s is in graphic design. The pair got together and created quirky tee shirt representing Cleveland in a humorous light. I fell in love with their “Straight Outta Cleveland” onesie. I purchased the onesie for my Goddaughter. The onesie will be super cute paired with a black skirt or tutu for an edgy, summer baby look.
I Love CLE tee company, another booth I came across had awesome Cleveland inspire apparel. I met the owner Michael who was hilarious and energetic. He started his company after The CLE Clothing Company saw his graphics on Facebook. They asked him to make a design for one of their tees. He fell in love with his design so much he wanted to keep it and that’s when he started I Love CLE. I liked his designs so much I had to buy a tank for myself!
One of my last stops on my adventure through the Cleveland Bazaar was the Cuyahoga Collective truck. Like the Wandering Wardrobe, who was featured in my Cleveland Flea Blog, the Cuyahoga Collective runs their business out of a truck. They offer mostly hoe goods made in Ohio and beyond. Always in love with a good accessory, they did offer jewelry and handbags as well. I bought a rustic pendant necklace for my collection.
I had an amazing day at the Cleveland Bazaar, I love shopping local Cleveland vendors whenever I can and I hope all of you can make it out to one of the Bazaar’s this summer season. Happy Shopping!