Artisan Market returns to LaGrange for third year

Published 8:45 am Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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Over the weekend, the Spring Artisan Market returned, welcoming thousands of visitors to Downtown LaGrange.

Nikki Franklin, coordinator of the Spring Artisan Market, said it was an amazing experience and continues to be a labor of love.

“There were over 70 vendors showcasing artistry, food, entertainment and the wonderful gifts and talents of our community. We are looking forward to 2024, which is sure to be bigger and better, and we thank all those who supported this event,” Franklin said.

Long-time vendor Hills and Dales provided information on many upcoming events and activities the venue has to offer. Carleton Wood with Hills and Dale Estate had informative material about the estate and about upcoming events on the property. Wood also had a variety of plants on display, such as orchids and dogwood, to demonstrate a plant identification activity Hills and Dales performs with visitors of the estate.

Returning to the market along with Hills and Dales were vendors Darilyn Adamson and Tatum Robertson, both of whom were back for their third straight year.

Adamson, who is a vendor in Emberglow, said she enjoys being able to be a part of the festival each year.

“Everybody comes out to support all of the local makers and people working really hard to make unique crafts. The people from the community are really supportive of what I do and I love it,” Adamson said.

Robertson, who owns West Point Essentials, said she enjoys the crowds the market brings.

“I have been coming to the artisan market for three years, and it’s always a great market filled with great crowds and wonderful customers. I enjoy being out here every year,” Robertson said.

During the event, Champions Training Academy, a competitive dance and cheer gymnasium for children, provided a mini playground for children to let out some energy while parents learned what the business had to offer.

Along with long-time vendors, the market included first-time vendors such as traveling massage therapist LaToya Cox-Thomas; Emily Simpson, owner of The Sweet Spot Baking Co. in Americus; and Gabby West, whose stand showcased her handmade jewelry.

Simpson said the artisan market was her first time participating in a market so far from home.

“One day I happened to run into Nikki (Franklin,) and we started talking about opening bakeries when she told me she was doing the artisan market. She told me, I should come and at first, I thought it was so far, but then decided to come and I’m glad I did. It’s really nice here, and I definitely plan to come back next year,” Simpson said.

The event featured live music from Sasha Hurtado and Devix from “The Voice” and other local favorites such as Nick Mayfield and Chase Tibbits.

First-time attendee Nicole Cox said was apprehensive about coming to the market at first but was glad she came.

“I am someone who always gets a little anxious around large crowds of people. But not only were vendors nice, the food options were delicious, and I really enjoyed having the chance to listen to great music with my friends,” Cox said.