Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Boutique 208

Join us on Saturday, November 28th at 5 p.m. for a make-and-take herbal infusion demonstration with Apothecary Muse! In support of our local vendors and sponsors, Handmade Arcade is excited to host a Meet the Maker night at Boutique 208, located at 208 6th Street in Downtown (across the street from Heinz Hall). 

Join Eryn Hughes of Apothecary Muse at 5 p.m. for a Hands-on Handmade Demo. Learn about herbal oil infusions. Select and prepare herbs and oils to collect and infuse in labeled jars, discover the healing properties of plants, gain a new sense of respect for nature, explore your own health and well-being, and learn about the significance of locally grown plants.

This is a FREE make and take demo while supplies last. To find out more about what Boutique 208 is offering for shoppers on Small Business Saturday, visit their Facebook page.

Handmade Arcade will also be raffling off 2 Early Birdie tickets and our new tote-bag to one lucky winner! Join us on Small Business Saturday! Shop Small! Shop Local! 




TMTcoverHandmade Arcade is thrilled to announce the launch of our inaugural print publication, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, featuring original commissioned artwork by 10 Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors. Inside the creative pages of this 28-page book, you will meet imaginative creatures who are all crafting,making and designing things—from robots screen-printing to spiders painting—and ready for you to turn into artworks of your very own.

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Today is the day!

HAshoppersThank you all for love and support. We can’t wait to see everyone today at HANDMADE ARCADE 2014! 

Here is some important information you may need to know: 

  • Admission is FREE!
  • The Vendors are ready for you. You can view a our Vendor Map here to find your favorite vendors or to discover new artists and crafters.
  • Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
  • The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day.
  • The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 6. For the complete list of free garages and information visit www.pittsburghparking.com.
  • Visit ParkPGH.org for real time parking garage updates!
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map here.
  • INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED this weekend. Find the detour directions here. 

The Organizers of Handmade Arcade want to thank everyone in Pittsburgh and beyond for your support. We work all year long to bring you this event and seeing it come to fruition with the fanfare and excitement makes the long hours well worth it.


There will be music and dancing!

musicProviding the sweet jams while you shop + make at Handmade Arcade on Saturday will be Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band and DJs Pandemic, Bad Seed & The Garment District!

Be near the front doors at 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a FESTIVE LIVE performance by Continuum Dance Theater.


Get Ready for the Holidays with HA!

The winter season is here, and we all need ways to cozy up and stay warm!  Handmade Arcade has several vendors that add a personal touch, and make this holiday season one to remember. Whether you are looking for a gift or a treat for yourself, these vendors have unique gifts and wares perfect for this holiday season.


Photo taken by: Audra Azoury

Audra Azoury Jewelry creates handmade pieces inspired by architecture and natural surroundings. Her ornaments and cards have arrived just in time for the holiday season!

“It gets busier every year. I was working on holiday designs in May” Azoury tells us.

This is her third year as a HA vendor. She says she has gained retail shops and friends who share her love of being crafty! Her collection blossomed from her trip to Fallingwater. Since then, she has built a wonderful collection with a Pittsburgh touch.

“I am a designer working mainly with steel.  Steel is in the blood of all of us Pittsburgher’s.”

This year she was accepted as an Emerging Artists for Three Rivers Arts Festival, and also has custom designs in The Warhol and The Frick.

Give your family and friends a thoughtful gift with a handmade ornament or card this year!

Preview Audra Azoury Jewelry on Etsy

nina ramone

Photo taken by: Dana Valenta

Nina Ramone will keep you warm this winter with her cozy knits. She creates original and chic neckwear and hats. She crochets year round to ensure she has enough items for everyone this fall and winter!

“I am always extra busy as soon as Thanksgiving ends and the holiday shopping frenzy begins” creator Dana says.

Dana Valenta is the owner, and named her business after her beloved german shepherd. Her shepherd is a “fancy lady” she says.

This will be Dana’s fourth year as a HA vendor. She looks forward to shopping the event almost as much as she enjoys working it!

“I personally make everything by hand, from the pom pom balls on the top of the caps, the faux fur poofs on the straps right down to the wooden tree branch buttons I use on the neck warmers.”

Each year Dana offers a few new items so that there is always something fresh for customers to see. She thanks her husband PJ and her assistant Erica for helping her prepare for this years show!

Preview Nina Ramone on Etsy

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Photo taken by: Recollection Photography / Cindy Parker

1820 House Candle Co. will set the holiday mood in everyone’s home this season. With scents like “winter sweater”, balsam citrus, and “elemental winter” their holiday collection is perfect.

“This year you will see on our letterpress candle caps a red stamp.   This stamp is applied lovingly by hand to each and every holiday candle.   The 10 | 14  Holiday Batch represents our 10th holiday season of candle making in 2014” creator Melissa Smith says.

This is their third year as a HA vendor. Melissa wanted to create a business of her own that would satisfy her creative mind as well as benefit farmers by using natural plant based waxes. As soon as Halloween ends, her life “goes into overdrive.”

“I’m making candles, packing shipping, filling stocklist orders and working up to 13 hours a day at least 6 days a week.   We are literally…insane busy in a good way through the holiday.”

This year, two of their lines have received ADDY awards for packaging and design, they became a product pick in Refueled Magazine, and have more retailers interested in their line.

1820’s design, sustainable resources, and creative blends of fragrance set them apart in the candle making business.

Preview 1820 House Candle Co. on Twitter


Photo given by: Amber Coppings

XMittens creates fingerless mittens that help you stay warm for the winter, and still be practical. This way, the mittens do not get in the way of your daily activities. Owner and creator Amber Coppings had both practical and artistic inspiration.

“My practical inspiration was a distinct need to be warmer while I worked in my studio… My artistic inspiration to include textural sewing elements and colorful sewn details came from traveling to Japan… I translated this design aesthetic into Xmittens.”

This is Amber’s 6th year as a HA vendor. She has always felt that the vendors show themselves as artists first. She knows she is supported when she reveals new items and new directions. Her typical holiday season begins in August when people start buying her jackets and hoodie vests for the fall season.

“I’ve always been excited by the idea of the human body as an exhibition space, so most of my work…whether hand-dyed, sewn, avant-grade, practical, or fashionable…uses the idea of wearable art to propel itself in the world.”

This year Amber has begun working with the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to teach fabric dyeing and digital surface pattern design classes for adults. She is also invited to be a rostered artist with the Artist Residency Program, and works in a local school teaching fifth graders.

You can only find her XMittens in person this holiday season at Handmade Arcade!

Preview XMittens on Etsy

The 2014 Tote Bag is Here!

Take the AMAZING wood, tin and nail art from Worker Bird, give it to Modesto Studios to screen print on tote bags and MAGIC happens. LOOK closely at the totes and you will see the SILVER NAILS!  Only 50 available for sale at Handmade Arcade 2014 on Saturday, December 6, 2014! Get your limited edition tote bag at the welcome table for only $15.