Social Encore: ‘Art+Flea’ changes locations
BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
With opportunities to get their items on local supermarket shelves along with dozens of farmers markets around the state, many local farmers and chefs have viable outlets to share their products with the public.
One of those outlets for local artists and designers is “Art+Flea,” which provided an avenue of exposure for aspiring entrepreneurs in Kakaako. Starting today, Jan. 23, the monthly event moves to a new home on Cooke Street.
For three years, “Art+Flea” took place at Fresh Cafe on Queen Street. Event founders Aly Ishikuni, Nicole Franco and Fresh Cafe owner Tiffany Tanaka all wanted to cultivate a culture that promoted both creative and business growth.
From vintage items to one-of-a-kind gifts, “Art+Flea” puts a modern spin on the traditional flea market. With as many as 60 vendors a month and a growing waiting list, brand manager Pete Ulatan said growth has been “organic” and even ventured to different areas of Oahu, including Kailua and Mililani.
“Fresh Cafe has been a great a partner for the past three years,” said Ulatan. “It will always be our home, (but) ‘Art & Flea’ is growing and we would no longer hold it at that capacity.”
The new location is still in Kakaako at 449 Cooke Street. It makes sense for them to remain in the neighborhood, as Kakaako continues to create its own culture of independence and innovation.
With two different warehouse spaces combining as one, the new space totals more than 8,700-square feet. This month, approximately 70 local art and craft vendors will have products for sale. With more vendors able to participate, coordinators hope that they will reach a larger customer base then ever before.
“‘Art+Flea’ has created an atmosphere where small businesses have the potential to grow and become successful,” said Ulatan. “We just hope this helps get more eyes on us and will show the community more of what ‘Art & Flea’ is all about.”
Ulutan said he hopes people from all walks of life, local or visitor, come and partake in a culture that is about more than just building, painting and creating. Coordinators want to build a cohesive community as vibrant as the neighborhood their event resides in.
“‘Art+Flea’ is a place where there are a great mix of personalities along with … windows of opportunity,” he said.
“Art+Flea” wil be in Mililani on Feb. 8; coordinators also said they are open to expanding the monthly event to other areas by partnering with people from different neighborhoods. For more information, visit the “Art+Flea” website.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.