MATCHLESS COFFEE

  In 2012 Nathanael Mehrens had an idea that would change the face of Nashville specialty coffee forever: coffee soda. A cold, carbonated coffee drink that’s subtly flavored with orange: slightly sweet and so refreshing. It quickly became a local hit and Mehrens, along with his partners Jamie Cunningham and Sean Stewart approached Ben Bredesen (Owner of Fat Bottom Brewery) about helping them to turn their coffee soda into a viable brand.  He, along with his partners, invented a way to brew large batches of coffee that maintained the character and terroir of its origin. This means that the taste can vary slightly season by season. During this time, the trio simultaneously opened their own café in germantown called Steadfast Coffee and put their coffee soda creation on tap there. It soon became an award winning local Nashville favorite and one of their top sellers. We are proud to partner with Matchless and hope you will enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee soda while shopping.

In 2012 Nathanael Mehrens had an idea that would change the face of Nashville specialty coffee forever: coffee soda. A cold, carbonated coffee drink that’s subtly flavored with orange: slightly sweet and so refreshing. It quickly became a local hit and Mehrens, along with his partners Jamie Cunningham and Sean Stewart approached Ben Bredesen (Owner of Fat Bottom Brewery) about helping them to turn their coffee soda into a viable brand.  He, along with his partners, invented a way to brew large batches of coffee that maintained the character and terroir of its origin. This means that the taste can vary slightly season by season. During this time, the trio simultaneously opened their own café in germantown called Steadfast Coffee and put their coffee soda creation on tap there. It soon became an award winning local Nashville favorite and one of their top sellers. We are proud to partner with Matchless and hope you will enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee soda while shopping.

SPONSOR: FRIST ART MUSEUM

   The Frist Center  opened in April 2001, and since that time has hosted a spectacular array of art from the region and from around the world. Their vision is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. We are grateful to have them be a part of the Nashville community, and very proud to have them partner with Porter Flea.    Unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent art deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries.  See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions.     The Frist Center is open seven days a week and will offer free admission on Mondays to guests bringing nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, through December 18. This Holiday season, the Frist Center gift shop stocks a diverse array of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, decorative arts, stationery, art supplies and gifts for children, books, exhibition catalogues, etc and to top it off, will wrap your gifts free of charge. You can also give the gift of art with a Frist Membership!      Website: fristcenter.org    Twitter: @fristcenter    Instagram: @fristcenter    Facebook: @fristcenter

The Frist Center opened in April 2001, and since that time has hosted a spectacular array of art from the region and from around the world. Their vision is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. We are grateful to have them be a part of the Nashville community, and very proud to have them partner with Porter Flea.

Unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent art deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries. See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions.

The Frist Center is open seven days a week and will offer free admission on Mondays to guests bringing nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, through December 18. This Holiday season, the Frist Center gift shop stocks a diverse array of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, decorative arts, stationery, art supplies and gifts for children, books, exhibition catalogues, etc and to top it off, will wrap your gifts free of charge. You can also give the gift of art with a Frist Membership!  

Website: fristcenter.org

Twitter: @fristcenter

Instagram: @fristcenter

Facebook: @fristcenter

SPONSOR: STOREFRONT STUDIOS

   Storefront Studios  offers professional photography for your products. Amy Hobbs, owner, ensures a seamless process by working with clients step by step to handle all details, from product delivery to return.   Storefront Studios will be onsite at Porter Flea Summer to snap photos from Vendors!  Vendors this is your opportunity to get your new product snapped while being at the Summer Market!  Take advantage! 

Storefront Studios offers professional photography for your products. Amy Hobbs, owner, ensures a seamless process by working with clients step by step to handle all details, from product delivery to return.  Storefront Studios will be onsite at Porter Flea Summer to snap photos from Vendors!  Vendors this is your opportunity to get your new product snapped while being at the Summer Market!  Take advantage! 

1. What Nashvillian inspires you the most?

Currently my mind goes to James Shaw Jr., a real American hero.

2. Favorite Summer activity in Nashville?

My husband and I like to find bodies of water to dip our dog (Pig) into. He hates it just as much as we love it.

3. Are you a beach or pool person?

Neither? I’m more of a stay-dry-in-a-hammock-under-a-shady-tree kind of person.

4. What has surprised you the most about being a part of the business scene in Nashville?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I just adore my clients. It’s been so lovely to meet fellow hustlers in this town, out there trying to make things happen. It’s truly a privilege to be a small part of this community of makers.

5. Favorite summer drink?

G&Ts forever.

SPONSOR: NASHVILLE ARTS

  Started in 2009,  Nashville Arts Magazine  is a free monthly magazine published to provide Nashville with a high quality format to learn and enjoy the arts of Nashville and around the world. Nashville Arts Magazine is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, encouraging and promoting the arts and creative spirit of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The visual and performing arts, antiques, collectibles, the craft of musicians, culinary, fine homes, interior design, architecture are just samplings of their monthly features.    Website: nashvillearts.com    Twitter: @NashvilleArts    Instagram: Facebook: @NashvilleArts

Started in 2009, Nashville Arts Magazine is a free monthly magazine published to provide Nashville with a high quality format to learn and enjoy the arts of Nashville and around the world. Nashville Arts Magazine is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, encouraging and promoting the arts and creative spirit of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The visual and performing arts, antiques, collectibles, the craft of musicians, culinary, fine homes, interior design, architecture are just samplings of their monthly features.

Website: nashvillearts.com

Twitter: @NashvilleArts

Instagram:
Facebook: @NashvilleArts

PF SUMMER DJ: WXNA!

  In 2016, the airwaves of Nashville took a step closer to reflecting the exciting musical and cultural diversity of Music City with the launch of  WXNA-FM  “Low Power, High Voltage” Radio—a new, listener-supported, freeform community radio station that was built from scratch by seven Nashvillians who love music and good radio. WXNA broadcasts at 101.5 MHz FM and can also be heard via streaming at wxnafm.org. We always enjoy partnering with WXNA and are glad to have them back this year!

In 2016, the airwaves of Nashville took a step closer to reflecting the exciting musical and cultural diversity of Music City with the launch of WXNA-FM “Low Power, High Voltage” Radio—a new, listener-supported, freeform community radio station that was built from scratch by seven Nashvillians who love music and good radio. WXNA broadcasts at 101.5 MHz FM and can also be heard via streaming at wxnafm.org. We always enjoy partnering with WXNA and are glad to have them back this year!

MATCHLESS COFFEE SODA

  In 2012 Nathanael Mehrens had an idea that would change the face of Nashville specialty coffee forever: coffee soda. A cold, carbonated coffee drink that’s subtly flavored with orange: slightly sweet and so refreshing. It quickly became a local hit and Mehrens, along with his partners Jamie Cunningham and Sean Stewart approached Ben Bredesen (Owner of Fat Bottom Brewery) about helping them to turn their coffee soda into a viable brand.  He, along with his partners, invented a way to brew large batches of coffee that maintained the character and terroir of its origin. This means that the taste can vary slightly season by season. During this time, the trio simultaneously opened their own café in germantown called Steadfast Coffee and put their coffee soda creation on tap there. It soon became an award winning local Nashville favorite and one of their top sellers. We are proud to partner with  Matchless  and hope you will enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee soda while shopping.

In 2012 Nathanael Mehrens had an idea that would change the face of Nashville specialty coffee forever: coffee soda. A cold, carbonated coffee drink that’s subtly flavored with orange: slightly sweet and so refreshing. It quickly became a local hit and Mehrens, along with his partners Jamie Cunningham and Sean Stewart approached Ben Bredesen (Owner of Fat Bottom Brewery) about helping them to turn their coffee soda into a viable brand.  He, along with his partners, invented a way to brew large batches of coffee that maintained the character and terroir of its origin. This means that the taste can vary slightly season by season. During this time, the trio simultaneously opened their own café in germantown called Steadfast Coffee and put their coffee soda creation on tap there. It soon became an award winning local Nashville favorite and one of their top sellers. We are proud to partner with Matchless and hope you will enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee soda while shopping.

SPONSOR: THE FAIRLANE HOTEL

  Located in Nashville’s downtown business and arts district,  The Fairlane Hotel  is a retro-modern hub that bustles with the city’s contagious energy and creative spirit. Behind the midcentury modernist facade, savvy travelers experience impeccable service with the timeless appeal of classic style. From sun up to sundown, you will be taken care of in just the right amount of luxury, which affords us the luxury of providing you with an experience that beckons hitting repeat.  Be sure and check them out if you are headed to Nashville for Porter Flea as a Vendor or Attendee!  

Located in Nashville’s downtown business and arts district, The Fairlane Hotel is a retro-modern hub that bustles with the city’s contagious energy and creative spirit. Behind the midcentury modernist facade, savvy travelers experience impeccable service with the timeless appeal of classic style. From sun up to sundown, you will be taken care of in just the right amount of luxury, which affords us the luxury of providing you with an experience that beckons hitting repeat.  Be sure and check them out if you are headed to Nashville for Porter Flea as a Vendor or Attendee!  

PRESENTING SPONSOR: WEEBLY

  Founded in 2007,  Weebly  is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful ecommerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high ­quality site and store that works brilliantly across any device. Weebly offers a range of pricing options, including free and premium consumer plans, as well as enterprise offerings and is consistently the highest rated website building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play.

Founded in 2007, Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful ecommerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high ­quality site and store that works brilliantly across any device. Weebly offers a range of pricing options, including free and premium consumer plans, as well as enterprise offerings and is consistently the highest rated website building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play.

1. What Nashvillian inspires you the most?

Weebly has had the pleasure of working with several small business owners in Nashville, and we are most inspired by Porter Fleas very own Katie Vance. Porter Flea brings together some of the South East's most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs for a day of magic! Katie provides a space for makers to become merchants and this aligns very closely with Weebly's mission of helping the world's creative entrepreneurs succeed.

2. Favorite Summer activity in Nashville?

Though based in NYC and SF, our favorite Summer activity in Nashville would have to be the local pop up markets and outdoor live music.

3. Are you a beach or pool person?

Beach!

4. What has surprised you the most about being a part of the business scene in Nashville?

The community driven environment and hustle that all small business owners have.

5. Favorite summer drink?  

Margarita or Rose

PRESENTING SPONSOR: JACKALOPE

  Jackalope Brewing entered the Nashville scene in 2011, founded by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball.  In 2013, Jackalope became the first Nashville craft brewery to can its beer. Robyn left the brewery in 2014 to pursue other interests, and Bailey, Steve, and the entire Jackalope team continue to grow our dream into what it is today. They distribute throughout Middle Tennessee, as well as Chattanooga and Memphis, and maintain a commitment to quality beer and community, all while having a little bit of fun. We have proudly partnered with them over the years to ensure our attendees the pleasure of tasty brews while shopping.

Jackalope Brewing entered the Nashville scene in 2011, founded by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball.  In 2013, Jackalope became the first Nashville craft brewery to can its beer. Robyn left the brewery in 2014 to pursue other interests, and Bailey, Steve, and the entire Jackalope team continue to grow our dream into what it is today. They distribute throughout Middle Tennessee, as well as Chattanooga and Memphis, and maintain a commitment to quality beer and community, all while having a little bit of fun. We have proudly partnered with them over the years to ensure our attendees the pleasure of tasty brews while shopping.

1. What Nashvillian inspires you the most?

Van Tucker is such a thoughtful, amazing person, and has done so much to foster the beautiful spirit of our city. She inspires me to think outside of the box and to make fulfilling connections that can make a good thing even better.

2. Favorite Summer activity in Nashville?

I love going for a hike in Percy Warner Park followed by a trip to Las Paletas.  


3. Are you a beach or pool person?

BOTH! Though in reality, I barely make it to either. Sigh.

4. What has surprised you the most about being a part of the business scene in Nashville?

Becoming connected to a lot of other people hustling and following their dreams has been such a wonderful, unexpected treat!

5. Favorite summer drink?  

My husband and I made up a cocktail with our Lovebird beer: two parts Lovebird (strawberry/raspberry hefeweizen), one part Lillet blanc, and one part prosecco, with big springs of fresh mint. It's so tasty and refreshing!

PRESENTING SPONSOR: NATIVE

 Check out Issue 66 of Native Mag now available! 

Check out Issue 66 of Native Mag now available! 

Native is Nashville's creative culture magazine.  Their mission is to grow and unite Nashville's Creative Community.  See some synergy?  Issue 66 is out now with features on musician Jessica Lea Mayfield, honky-tonk politician Brendan Malone, their Holiday Gift Guide and so much more!  Grab a copy today!

Website: http://native.is/

Twitter: @NativeNashville

Instagram: @native_nashville

 

NEW SPONSOR: WEST ELM

This year, west elm LOCAL will sponsor 4 booths for Nashville based west elm LOCAL artists including:

Bean and Bailey

Bean and Bailey ceramics is a southern duo producing small-batch functional porcelain pots. Our contemporary slip-cast ceramics address the needs for containing, serving, consuming, displaying, growing, and showing. We use colored porcelain slip to construct both subtly organic forms, as well as faceted vessels inspired by natural crystals and gems.

Bubo Handmade

Kristen Faircloth has always had a love for handbags, purses and shoes. She loves to scour antique shops and junk stores for vintage pieces and dissect their construction.   

While pursuing her undergrad in Literature, she would often find myself putting off school work to sit at her sewing machine and make bags and wallets for friends and family (or just for herself!).   She later returned to  school to receive a Masters Degree at the Savannah College of Art & Design.  She has worked with many companies designing products and lived all over the country.   It's been a long, strange journey to get where she is now, and she wouldn't trade a moment of it.  

DCXV Industries

Born and raised in Nashville, artist Adrien Saporiti started DCXV to share his art & represent his hometown (DCXV are the Roman numerals for 615, the Nashville area code).

Garner Blue

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Hand dyed indigo textiles and accessories to wear and to decorate at home. Working out of her home studio in Tennessee, Lou Garner dyes with natural indigo yielding sublime shades. Her patterns are based on a modern shibori method as well as a stencil & rice paste resist method -- utilizing everything from river rocks & wooden blocks to cassette tapes & laser-cut forms to create patterns on natural fibers. 

In 2013, west elm launched LOCAL in just two stores. Since then, they've expanded to include LOCAL in all their U.S. stores—and some beyond. Each LOCAL maker lives + works near a west elm store, supporting craft + creativity in their community. To date, west elm LOCAL has introduced customers to the work of 800+ neighboring artisans while making each of our stores a local community connector.

Explore more at westelm.com/local.

SPONSOR: NASHVILLE ARTS MAGAZINE

 Photo: Nashville Arts Magazine/  Artist Profile on Nick Cave

Photo: Nashville Arts Magazine/ Artist Profile on Nick Cave

Started in 2009, Nashville Arts Magazine is a free monthly magazine published to provide Nashville with a high quality format to learn and enjoy the arts of Nashville and around the world. Nashville Arts Magazine is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, encouraging and promoting the arts and creative spirit of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The visual and performing arts, antiques, collectibles, the craft of musicians, culinary, fine homes, interior design, architecture are just samplings of their monthly features.

Website: nashvillearts.com

Twitter: @NashvilleArts
Facebook: @NashvilleArts

SPONSOR: VINTAGE SPARKLE

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Helping you get cozy in our lounge this year at Porter Flea is Vintage Sparkle. Vintage Sparkle is a boutique rental company based here in Nashville that provides eclectic furnishings for photo shoots and events. Their extensive collection of one of a kind, found vintage pieces is curated by owner Erin Sparks.

Erin goes on quarterly buying trips across the country sourcing unique statement pieces for the growing collection.  She loves helping clients add their own personality and style to their event without spending valuable time and money finding pieces they'll use once. Vintage Sparkle offers convenient delivery and pick up so your pieces appear and disappear right when they’re  needed.  We know she is doing something right as past clients have included Pilgrimage Music Festival (2016 & 2017), HGTV's The Property Brothers, Country Rising (2017), Billboard Magazine, Universal Records and more. You might have also seen Sparks’ South Nashville home featured on Domino and Design Sponge.

Along with rentals, Vintage Sparkle also offers Real Estate home staging services, an online boutique and a booth at the Downtown Antique mall ready for you to shop.

Online: rentvintagesparkle.com

Instagram: @rentvintagesparkle

Facebook: @rentvintagesparkle

Etsy: ShopVintageSparkle

SPONSOR: THE FRIST

The Frist Center opened in April 2001, and since that time has hosted a spectacular array of art from the region and from around the world. Their vision is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. We are grateful to have them be a part of the Nashville community, and very proud to have them partner with Porter Flea.

Unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent art deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries. See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions.

The Frist Center is open seven days a week and will offer free admission on Mondays to guests bringing nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, through December 18. This Holiday season, the Frist Center gift shop stocks a diverse array of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, decorative arts, stationery, art supplies and gifts for children, books, exhibition catalogues, etc and to top it off, will wrap your gifts free of charge. You can also give the gift of art with a Frist Membership!  

Website: fristcenter.org

Twitter: @fristcenter

Instagram: @fristcenter

Facebook: @fristcenter

SPONSOR: JACKALOPE BREWING CO

Jackalope Brewing entered the Nashville scene in 2011, founded by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball.  We have proudly partnered with them over the years to ensure our attendees the pleasure of tasty brews while shopping. 

1. What Nashvillian inspires you the most?  Jeanie Nelson, who founded the Land Trust for Tennessee has been a personal inspiration to me.  I did a fellowship at the Land Trust back when I graduated from law school.  She is very eloquent but fierce, and has done so much to preserve the beauty of Tennessee.

 2. What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville?  I love going to see live music, but so does everyone, right?  I think I'm happiest when I'm drinking beer outside with my husband Luke and dog Ricky (Ricky doesn't drink, but he's excellent at sitting on patios).

 3.  What is your favorite holiday tradition/memory?  My mom makes the most amazing Christmas breakfast every year.  It's like a french toast souffle, and we eat it in our flannels.

 4. What has surprised you the most about owning/running a business in Nashville?  I don't know if this counts as a surprise, but something that I didn't expect that I'm very thankful for is the connection I have with other entrepreneurs in town.  You really feel like you're a part of something as a member of the Nashville business community.

 5. Last, but not least- what is your favorite holiday movie?  National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  Jackalope shows it every December at the Belcourt Theatre and it gets better every time!
 

NEW SPONSOR: SKILLPOP

Skillpop believes that the best learning happens in-person, and they strive to create environments where trying a new skill is social, accessible, and engaging. They will soon be here on Nashville, expanding our community. Hear from their team and join us in welcoming them to this great city.

1. What Nashvillian inspires you the most? I'm a big fan of everything that Branden Harvey is doing with the Goodnewspaper, a quarterly publication sharing stories of things that are changing the world for the better.

2. What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville? Hiking! There are so many beautiful places right outside the city like Percy Warner Park and Beaman Park. A good brunch in Nashville (Marche is my favorite) is hard to beat as well. 

3.  What is your favorite holiday tradition/memory?  I've loved watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade ever since I was little!

4. What has surprised you the most about owning/running a business in Nashville? It's been amazing to see how tight-knit the community is in Nashville

5. Last, but not least- what is your favorite holiday movie? Elf!

Warm Up with Firepot Chai!

Firepot Chai is back this Holiday Market!  

While working as a cook at the Tibetan Trader and Teahouse in Bozeman, Montana in 2001, founder, Sarah Scarborough made the first batch of Firepot Chai. 

With a background in organic farming, a love for travel and global cultures and an overactive sense of smell, she fell into the world of tea. Since then, she has started a number of tea companies in New Zealand and Nashville and worked as a tea buyer and tea consultant for companies like The Republic of Tea.

fter her oldest son was born in 2012, she brought Firepot back to life, adding organic matcha, iced tea and loose leaf teas to the original chai collection. 

She continues to travel regularly to the origins of tea to procure some of the world’s most pure and unique teas for Firepot.

We cannot wait to see what goodies Firepot features at #PFHoliday17!  

SPONSOR: SOBRO GUEST HOUSE

Need a spot to crash this PF Holiday or want a rad staycation?  Look no further than downtown's own urban oasis - SOBRO GUESTHOUSE

Blending the services of an upscale boutique hotel with the comforts of home combined with the ease of uninterrupted mobile check-in... SoBro Guest House is in a class of its own. Located in the heart of Nashville, TN, we're just three blocks from the world-famous Lower Broad Entertainment District and within walking distance to downtown's many hot spots.  

If you’re not as familiar with a self-check-in hotel experience, then watch this short video