King’s Books hosts artist and craft fair

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More than 20 different vendors will set up shop to showcase their wares.

Due to all the wintry weather last week, the Tacoma Is For Lovers artist and craft fair had to be rescheduled – and it’s happening this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., King’s Books will transform into a colorful and imaginative marketplace full of items handmade locally and regionally by skilled artists and crafters. There is no admission charge.

More than 20 different vendors will set up shop to showcase their wares, and most can take debit/credit cards so no worries about having enough cash on hand to buy that special item, or items, that strike your fancy.

Different vendors will be on site each day of the fair. Some vendors are returning, some are new, with variety being most important. “We like to add new vendors every time to mix it up and keep things fresh,” said Jennifer Adams, the inspiration behind Tacoma Is For Lovers, a community-based organization that produces these artist craft fairs to promote the visibility of local artists and encourage reuse, intentionality, sustainability and high craft.

Together with King’s Books owner Sweet Pea Flaherty, the two have been staging artist craft fairs for about 10 years. Fairs are held three times a year: in November for the holiday season, in February for Valentine’s Day and the weekend before Mother’s Day.

During the Feb. 23-24 fair, visitors will find jewelry, letterpress, illustrations, soap, honey, paper crafts, T-shirts, skin care…the selections seem endless. Vendors slated to be there include: Alexis Devine of Squirrel Vs Coyote, Amberly Dewes of Lemon Heart Creations, Angela Larsen of Lovesome Dove, Colin Andersen of Colin Andersen Illustration, Daniel Perez of Perezpots, Emily Riley of Rx Letterpress, Erika Rier of Erika Rier Art, Irene Akio (hand-painted art and greeting cards), Jacqueline Trent of Speckled + Clay, Jayme Lillie of No Man’s Land, Jennifer Adams of Tacoma Is For Lovers, Jody Lynn Please and Polly MacLean of Jody’s Honey Kelsi Dunn of Lichenology, Kendra Johnson of Happy Hour Soap Works, Mackenzie Putscher of Pepper Pot Polish, Maura Shapley and Tess LeNoir of Day Moon Press, Megan Fanelli of Herbal Moon Apothecary, Melanie Gladstone of Broadway Bags, Phoebe Moore of Tiny Thunder, Sara Butters of Hawthorn Honey Botanicals, Sarah Meranda of Magpie Mouse Studios, Sloan Fisher of Shoji Note and Summer Briggs of Urban Squirrel.

King’s Books is located in the Stadium District at 218 St. Helens Ave. For more information, call them at (253) 272-8801.em endless. Vendors slated to be there include: Alexis Devine of Squirrel Vs Coyote,Amberly Dewes of Lemon Heart Creations, Angela Larsen of Lovesome Dove, Colin Andersen of Colin Andersen Illustration, Daniel Perez of Perezpots, Emily Riley of Rx Letterpress, Erika Rier of Erika Rier Art, Irene Akio(hand-painted art and greeting cards), Jacqueline Trent of Speckled + Clay, Jayme Lillie of No Man’s Land,Jennifer Adams of Tacoma Is For Lovers, Jody Lynn Please & Polly MacLean of Jody’s Honey

Kelsi Dunn of Lichenology, Kendra Johnson of Happy Hour Soap Works, Mackenzie Putscher of Pepper Pot Polish, Maura Shapley & Tess LeNoir of Day Moon Press, Megan Fanelli of Herbal Moon Apothecary, Melanie Gladstone of Broadway Bags, Phoebe Moore of Tiny Thunder, Sara Butters of Hawthorn Honey Botanicals, Sarah Meranda of Magpie Mouse Studios, Sloan Fisher of Shoji Noteand Summer Briggs of Urban Squirrel.

King’s Books is located in the Stadium District at 218 St. Helens Ave. For more information, call them at (253) 272-8801.

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