The party is going down on the 3rd floor of Summit Artspace, which, if you've never been, has one of the best views of our fine city. It's the perfect backdrop to bring friends (or a date) to hang out.

Photo by  Terra Milo

Photo by Terra Milo

We've invited all our makers who will be vending at the Mom & Pop Shoppe to come and hang out, so you can pick their brain about how they manage to be so awesome. It's also a chance to meet the Crafty Mart team-- including board members, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who helps make these events happen!

2. Snack

Here at Crafty Mart, we don't mess around when it comes to what we eat, which is why we've invited some of Akron's finest culinary masterminds to hand out the best hand-held snacks around at our party.

Nuevo Modern Mex will be serving up tacos, which is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn't had the chance to visit their downtown restaurant yet.

Three Sisters Momo is will be bringing their specialty momo, which are Nepali dumplings, and Stray Dog Cart will bring their Akron street food cart inside to serve up their delicious dogs!

3. Dance

Ok, so we can't guarantee that people besides our core crew will be dancing at the party, but DJ Ben Crazy of the Mighty Soul Night will be bringing the funk! Ben has been DJing at Crafty Mart from the very beginning. We interviewed him for our blog recently-- click here to read that post again.

4. Drink

Your ticket to the gala includes two complimentary drink tickets, and a cash bar is available for additional purchases.

Crafty vendor Mindi of Miotal, also bartender extraordinaire, created a signature cocktail for the event. It's called a Strawberry Fizzle, and features NORKA strawberry-cherry soda, Watershed Distillery vodka (we're keeping it local!) and a touch of orange juice.  All four flavors of NORKA craft soda will be available as well, sans alcohol.

If that's not to your liking, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company will be featuring their locally brewed craft beers on draft, and there will also be wine available.

Akron Coffee Company will also be serving up samples of their delicious coffee that is locally roasted in small batches.

5. Win Stuff

Why are we having this party again? Other than the fact that we love throwing parties, it's also a fundraiser for Crafty Mart. As you may or may not know, Crafty Mart is now a 501(c)3 charitable organization that strives to foster arts and culture in Akron. In order to operate, we need more than just an enthusiastic team with a big hearts-- we need money, too.

Our generous vendors and sponsors have donated items for us to hold a Chinese-style raffle. You'll be able to purchase raffle tickets for a dollar a pop (or 15 for $10) and then bet on the items that you're interested in. Last time we did this, Heather of Akronology won almost everything, so make sure to get your tickets in so everyone has a fair chance! Names will be drawn at 7:30pm.

6. Time travel

Ok, this one takes some imagination. Bear with me...

Another amazing vendor of ours, Caty of Crooked River Fae, is bringing a gorgeous vintage-style Paper Moon photo backdrop. Curious about it? We interviewed her about it-- click here to see that post again.

Wear something fancy, take a photo, slap on an Instagram filter and BAM-- Doctor Who status achieved!

The party's over at 8pm. Now what?

You're already parked downtown, so why not make a night of it?

The Nightlight Cinema is showing an indie documentary directed by Ethan Hawke at 9:15pm, Roxxymoron is playing at Musica, Palladian Palette has an open studio, or you can always check out one of Akron's many amazing downtown restaurants like Crave, Cilantro or The Lockview.

Buy tickets for the Preview gala here! The cost is $15, which includes two drink tickets. Tickets will cost $20 on the day of the event.