Play the Devil's Advocate


Support local organizations that help support you! Our friend at The Devil Strip is asking for your help to continue to make the Akron artistic community fantastic. Support his Devil's Advocate program by helping us help this avid supporter of Crafty Mart and the whole community.


From The Devil Himself:

"This isn't the photo I originally intended to send you.

For starters, I'm crying and that's embarrassing. Have you ever had a moment when you suddenly realized just how much something means to you? That's what happened when my friend Ilenia came to shoot what I thought was going to be a happy-go-lucky lil' video talking about our new membership program, the Devil's Advocates. Instead, she got me to open up, to admit how much I really care about Akron and The Devil Strip.

For a guy who is all about collaboration and community, it's weird that I hate asking for help. But it's true. I'm horrible at it, and I've come to learn that it can be selfish to be that way. Thing is, I really want you to be part of The Devil Strip, and frankly, now, we need you to be so we can get stronger.

There are three ways you can help right now.

#1 - Become a Devil's Advocate for as little as $10/mo., and then come hang out with us at member events. SIGN UP -

#2 - Buy something from our new Merch Shop and wear it with pride. (Rogue members get a free shirt from our shop!) 

#3 - Tell somebody why you like The Devil Strip publicly. Share a post or leave a review on our page. We'll take all the good vibes we can get!"




Devil Strip Design

Our pals at Devil's Strip Design make some clever and fantastic NEO-themed work, so we wanted to feature some of their stuff. Enjoy, and always remember - LETS GO, NEO!


From the Devil's mouth itself: "Devil Strip Designs is a true Mom and Pop shop "with a wrinkle"...based in Akron, Ohio we are not brick and mortar. Our website is our storefront and social media is our marketing department! As a husband and wife team, we are passionate about our process. From design and print to packaging and ship, our personal touch is what you can count on.

Our concentration is on Regional, Retro, Custom and Collaboration designs and printed products. We offer stickers, business cards, brochures, flyers and marketing materials along with our high quality apparel design and decoration. We love to collaborate and help you bring YOUR vision to life. Email us with questions or information about special projects and print opportunities, or"




Today we're going to highlight one of the many awesome artists that will be participating in our 2018 Mom and Pop Shoppe on April 21 at the Akron Art Museum!


Bridget Anne is a local artist and calligrapher whose works is inspired by and contains many floral motifs. All her work is handmade, and you can view more on her Facebook page here. She is also guestagramming on our instagram account @craftymart, so pop over there and see what she has to show!






Get to know our newest team member, W. Tanner Young. You may already know him from around arts community events or the photo program at the University of Akron, but here's a little something to dive deeper into his strange, strange world!

"Community — a word that defines my passion and philosophical approach to the arts. After graduating with a BFA in Photography from The University of Akron, I moved to Chicago to explore the options my degree afforded me. Throughout my years in Chicago working in arts administration, I networked and discovered new opportunities in galleries and arts organizations. I found a passion and intrigue for the organic nature of this path — how we connect with different circles, connect the circles to each other, and how these connections expanded and grew the diverse communities and their participants —  and how they grew me as an individual. I spent 8 years in the field, learning through experience and opportunities as they emerged. Now, I’d like to bring that experience back to the hometown that I love, set new goals, and explore new opportunities with other like-minded, yet diverse professionals in the arts. Northeast Ohio has a rich history in all forms of the arts. It’s where I was born and raised, and no matter where I live, it will always be a part of me. Since leaving, I’ve watched with much excitement as the area evolved. I know the people here, and am excited to connect with the new participants in this resurgence.

I am thrilled to be running social media with the amazing, talented, and dedicated folks at Crafty Mart so quickly after moving back. You can trust that I will bring that same dedication to the table to help support all the amazing artists and human beings that make this area so great. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time at with new projects, info, or ideas, and I will do my best to shout it high atop the mountains!"

-W. Tanner Young