If you've somehow managed to be living under a rock for all of March, let me recap why the we launched our Kickstarter campaign. After 5 years of hosting craft/art/food markets here in Denver, the HAHO team decided to try and build something much more engaging for the maker community. What if the HAHO had its own permanent space? What if in between the markets, makers of all types of industries were tinkering and creating inside the space? How can we make it easier for folks to turn their hobby into a business?
All of these thoughts led us to develop the Vendorship Program. Makers apply and become a member of this program. They will be able to work out of the space in either a co-working maker space or out of a commissary kitchen. Members can utilize the internet, copy/printer/scanner, their own mailbox and the business-building discounts provided by local experts. Opportunities to sell in house will be at lease twice a month, through the HAHO Markets and members-only open house markets. Tools and supplies will be shared, creativity and collaboration will be encouraged and a new style of manufacturing will be born!
- We're working on sending your Kickstarter Perks! These should be in the mail in the next week or two. If you haven't filled out the survey that Kickstarter sent, try and complete it soon.
- With the Kickstarter money we are in the process of leasing a new, permanent space! This will be where we host future markets as well as where the Vendorship Program will take form. We'll have both a co-working space and a commissary kitchen. See below for more details.
- Regularly Scheduled HAHO markets have been suspended for the remainder of 2015. This will allow the HAHO to focus on finalizing the development of the Vendorship Program as well as give us time to revamp the monthly HAHO market. Stay tuned for more details!
- And finally, we still need your support! See below for additional updates!
A new space
The VEndorship Program & A new team
Faatma Mehrmanesh will be facilitating the maker-space and the Maker Ambassador. She is in charge of coming up with strategies on sharing tools, managing craft members, ensuring safety and being the main contact. Faatma basically nurtured 3/4ths of the HAHO facilitators when we were all farmhands on a farm that she managed and we are so excited to have her on board! She is a jack of all trades, currently managing Moon Dog Farms and leading classes at Stone Leaf Pottery. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hannah Abraham of Haiku Foods is the Vendorship's Kitchen Ambassador, and has been helping me build contracts, hash out kitchen logistics, create a purchase list, etc. She has been a long-time HAHO vendor and friend, and Haiku Foods grew out of her experience vending with us. If you want to say hello, you can reach her at email@example.com.
Also, consider volunteering your time and donating supplies to the programming. Once we begin remodeling, we will update you on what exactly we will need.
And, as always, THANK YOU! We couldn't do this work without your support!