SPONSOR! NASHVILLE ARTS MAGAZINE

We are crushing on the April issue of our Sponsor Nashville Arts Magazine!  Don't miss the lovely article on Emily Leonard.  So beautiful!  Nashville Arts Magazine is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, encouraging and promoting the arts and creative spirit of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.   Be sure and follow them on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date art news and events and to interact with the publication and the art community of Nashville.

SUMMER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Calling all Designers, Makers, Crafters, Photographers & More!  Applications are now open for our 2017 Porter Flea Summer Market!

#PFSummer17 returns on June 16th & 17th at East Nashville's Skyway Studios.  Applications must be submitted by midnight CST on April 2nd.  Food Trucks vendors can also apply by following the link below.  For more information on the juried application process visit porterflea.com

IN LOVING MEMORY

Dear friends of Porter Flea:

We’re writing you in mourning, in gratitude, and with renewed pride and purpose.

As some of you may have already heard, our co-organizer, Melinda Vance, passed away late last year after a brief and sudden illness. Melinda (aka Momma Flea) was instrumental to the event’s success from the beginning, providing wisdom, strength and the warm and kind support that everyone who knew her benefited from.  Melinda was the beloved Mother of co-organizer Katie Vance and mother in law to Katie's husband Matt Alexander. 

Vendors, organizers and sponsors knew Melinda Vance as an advocate whose dedication and enthusiasm were unwavering. She focused, without fail, on ensuring that everyone — from the makers who’d traveled long distances to our devoted Flea shoppers — left with the feeling that Porter Flea was built on kindness, creativity and love. It’s a spirit that we’re devoted to upholding as we move forward - that's exactly what Momma Flea would have wanted. Melinda’s personal and professional contributions are irreplaceable, but her loving, giving spirit will always be at the core of Porter Flea.

On June 16 and 17, we’ll host the 2017 Porter Flea Summer Market in Melinda’s honor, again at Skyway Studios in East Nashville. We’ll kick off with a ticketed Friday Preview Market (6 to 9 p.m.), and open’s Saturday Main Market to the public, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with another broad, talented mix of local and regional vendors.  Applications will open for our Summer Market via our website on Monday, March 6th. 

We’ll share a lot more in the coming weeks — we’re also in the early planning stages of an initiative called Makers for Melinda, to celebrate her admiration of and devotion to the artists and artisans that make up the Porter Flea community. But in the meantime, we wanted to let our friends know that we’ll be celebrating and honoring Melinda by continuing to pour our hearts into something she loved and helped build.

We hope to see you at Skyway Studios this June, and we hope that our Summer Market, and the Porter Flea markets to come, will continue to be a place where people inspired by creativity can come together and celebrate and support each other.

With our thanks,
The Porter Flea family

New Partner! SPOONFLOWER

Porter Flea is delighted to partner this holiday season with Spoonflower ---the marketplace to design, print & sell your own fabric, wallpaper, & gift wrap.  Spoonflower was created by Gart and Stephen to empower individuals to create on-demand, custom designed textiles. Since its launch in 2008, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million individuals who use their own designs and/or are willing to share their talents with the rest of us.  The Spoonflower Marketplace is the largest collection of independent designers in the world.  And the best part - Porter Flea fabric banners created through Spoonflower will be featured for all of our market attendees to ooh and ahh over!  Spoonflower is even donating a gift for our Best in Show vendor winner.  Thanks to Meredith and the Spoonflower team!

Partner! 506 LOFTS

Need a place to stay for Porter Flea Holiday?  Or just a place for a staycation this holiday season?  Check out 506 Lofts in the heart of downtown Nashville!  506 Lofts is filled with the makers you have grown to love in Nashville - Southern Lights Electric, Holler Design, Sideshow Sign Co, Bear It No More, Steric Design, I Saw The Sign, and many more!  Close to coffee shops, beloved honky tonks, unique shops, and even the most fun karaoke joint in the city- 506 Lofts is sure show you Music City at its finest!  Check out this incredible boutique hotel for your next vacation!  And for you Preview Market attendees you will have a special surprise coming from our friends at 506 Lofts!

Food Truck Roundup!

While planning your trip to #PFHoliday16 be sure and plan to come hungry!  We've got an outstanding lineup of Food Trucks this Holiday Market!  On Friday Night at the Preview Market we are pleased to welcome Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Califarmia Truck, New Hickory Street Provisions, and Funk Seoul Brother.  For Saturday's Main Market we have The Grilled Cheeserie,
Yayo's OMG (Original Mexican Gourmet), Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, crankees pizzeria, Bao Down, Hoss' Loaded Burgers, New Hickory Street Provisions, and Crepe A Diem!  Yum! 

 

 

 

 

WXNA

Our pals WXNA will be holding down the DJ table at #PFHoliday16! See below for the lineup on your favorite local DJ's who will be spinning the raddest holiday tunes!

Friday
5-7 pm - Anna Lundy of Untune The Sky
7-9 pm - Lance Conzett of Pop+Lock

Saturday
9-11 am - DJ Susan (aka Greg Wagner) of The Inconsiderate Mixtape
11 am - 1 pm - Jonathan Grigsby of Set Records To Stun
1 pm - 3 pm - AstroBrooke of Highs In The Mid-70s
3 pm - 5 pm - Austin Alexander of Sound, Mind & Proxy

http://www.wxnafm.org/

Partner! WATKINS COMMUNITY ED

Getting inspired by seeing all the creativity from the #PFHoliday16 makers? We are! Find a Spring class with Watkins Community Education Program and get started on your own creations! They have Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design and more. Check out our Holiday Vendor linenlaid&felt is teaching 4 different Paper, Print, & Book classes! You can see all their Spring classes here:

http://www.watkins.edu/community-education/adults/

Emerging Artists X The Skillery

All of you have been so kind to support PF over the years and this year we are paying it forward by sponsoring a handful of emerging artists.  We are pleased to present Camille Rahe Photography, Carden Illustration, knitwear by jacq, and Paintings by Chrissy Crater as our 2016 Emerging Artists!  The Skillery has been so kind to Sponsor these new makers and is providing them with their Introduction to Entrepreneurship Starter Kit!  Their kit is built with two things in mind: helping you fine-tune your brilliant business idea, and eliminating the excuses that stand between you and bringing it to life.  For more info in purchasing click here!  And do not forget to check out these amazing Emerging Artists at #PFHoliday16!

Firepot Nomadic Teas X Porter Flea Holiday

Firepot Nomadic Teas has been a welcome regular at Porter Flea and we are delighted to announce they will be providing a Tea Time experience for our Preview Market attendees.  The Holiday Preview Market will be the perfect place to sample extraordinary tea on a chilly December night.  Fireboat Nomadic Teas will bring some small bites and some exotic teas from numerous cultures and continents right to you here in Nashville.   They are also bringing something super special to all Preview Market Attendees - a make your own tea blend bar!  Get ready to be spoiled by this incredible brand.  Thanks Firepot! 

 

WXNA DJS!

Our pals WXNA will be holding down the DJ table at #PFHoliday16! See below for the lineup on your favorite local DJ's who will be spinning the raddest holiday tunes!

 

Friday

5-7 pm - Anna Lundy of Untune The Sky

7-9 pm - Lance Conzett of Pop+Lock

 

Saturday

9-11 am - DJ Susan (aka Greg Wagner) of The Inconsiderate Mixtape

11 am - 1 pm - Jonathan Grigsby of Set Records To Stun

1 pm - 3 pm - AstroBrooke of Highs In The Mid-70s

3 pm - 5 pm - Austin Alexander of Sound, Mind & Proxy

 

http://www.wxnafm.org/

New Partner! STOREFRONT STUDIOS

Porter Flea is excited to welcome a new sponsor - StoreFront Studios.  Talented owner/operator/photographer Amy Hobbs understands how important it is to showcase the detailed craftsmanship of modern makers like our Porter Flea vendors.  One look at StoreFront Studios website, you immediately know that Amy “gets it”.  Porter Flea is dedicated to providing a venue for showcasing the latest works of many talented artists in Nashville at our Holiday Market and Amy can assist the artists in showcasing their art anywhere with her beautiful product photography. Welcome Amy!

New Partner! SOBRO GUEST HOUSE

Porter Flea loves to welcome out of town market attendees and we know Sobro Guest House would be a perfect place to recommend to those traveling to Nashville.  Sobro Guest House combines the luxury of a boutique hotel with the comforts of home.  All reservations and check in details are handled directly from your smart phone.  Tired and hungry after a busy day shopping at Porter Flea?  Sobro Guest House has a full kitchen in your suite and even offers a grocery delivery service right to your Guest House door.  Porter Flea welcomes Sobro Guest House to our 2016 Holiday Market Sponsorship lineup!

Partner! Watkins Community Education

Porter Flea appreciates the support of Watkins College of Art Community Education Department.  The mission of the CE program is to provide a distinctive education that will empower youth, teens and adults to embrace their artistic abilities and give them the tools to pursue a life of creativity.  Porter Flea shares and embraces the philosophy. Market attendees will have a chance to pick up 2017 Spring Class info.  Who knows? After taking classes at Watkins - maybe YOU could be one of our next Emerging Artists!

Partner! BRAND IMAGING GROUP

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Porter Flea is delighted to announce our continued sponsorship with Brand Imaging Group (BIG).  BIG provides knowledgeable sales consultants and guides us through all of our signage needs from start to finish. BIG has cutting edge technology and offers solutions for small format signage all the way up to the large banners you will see outside of Skyways Studios for our Holiday Market. Attendees - look for this creative signage directing you to our market entrance - compliments of our BIG partner. Thanks BIG!