guys, hi! it’s emma. sorry i’ve been kinda radio silent this go round, just a lot happening personally but i am so pumped to have Tara on board and she’s done such a great job getting info from you guys! she’s a life saver. (thank you sweet friend!)

before we dive into all the things, i wanted to tell you that i cannot wait to see you! i’ve been bragging about you guys to everyone and our fb event is growing like crazy. so pumped!

Here are the last minute details you'll need before the day of The HHM.

Basic Info:

  • 931 East 4th in Joplin

  • Maker Mingling - Saturday, November 10th between 9-10am - meet each other / trade / last call for check in!

  • Saturday is 10am to 4pm and entry is a $2 donation to Art Feeds. We will giveaway tote bags to the first 25 through the door + to shoppers every hour. (details below)

  • The Joplin Empire Market will be up and running with it’s food and produce vendors in conjunction with The Hip Handmade Market this time.

  • The Empire Market is the recipient of a private sponsorship wherein they will be giving away 200 $5 vouchers each Saturday until December 15. These are intended to be used at their farmers booths only, so if a patron attempts to redeem one at your booth, please gently point them back towards the Market vendors in the first hall or the information desk. That being said, if you RECEIVE a voucher from the onsite representative, please don't hesitate to redeem it at one of our fabulous farmer booths!


  • We'll keep drip coffee going all day in the maker/worker lounge but Cottage Small Coffee Roasters will have pour overs and iced coffee available for purchase as part of the Joplin Empire Market.

  • We’ll have snacks in the lounge as per usual and you can go there to grab water / drinks / gum / or just ask one of us if there’s something specific you need.

  • We will be providing some pizza for lunch on Saturday. There are also some restaurants close by and you can always ask one of us for recommendations over at the info booth.

  • As we mentioned above, alongside the HHM (and with the EXACT same hours!) the regular Joplin Empire Market vendors will be selling lots of fresh goodies AND lunch options (in bold below) for you to enjoy as well!

    • Joplin Empire Market: spiked cider + mimosas for our guests 21 years of age + older

    •  Black Cat Barnyard, LLC: pasture raised poultry, beef, pork , and eggs (Blackcat will also be preparing some of their offerings for lunch--either burgers or chili!)

    • Oakwoods Farmorganic vegetables, including lettuce, turmeric, ginger, peppers, micro greens, swiss chard, and more

    • Redings Mill BreadWood fired bread loaves and pizza crusts. As a special treat for the HHM, they will have a variety of small savory flatbreads, perfect for a lunchtime snack.

    • My Heritage: English and Irish authentic recipes including soda breads, scones, lemon curd, apple butter, jams, and more.

    • All Mixed Up Bakery: whimsically decorated sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and savory pastries

    • Brooks Heritage Farmspasture raised beef, poultry, and pork

    • Bearded Baker: All manner of bread: rosemary foccacia, savory biscuits, white and rye loaves and more

    • Cooks Berry Junction Farmonions, turnips, radishes, honey, eggs, squash. sweet potatoes and more

    • Stewart's Foodstuffssalt blends, dip mixes, dressing mixes and more

    • Our Little Piece of Heaven: broccoli, greens, sprouts, beets, etc...

    • Jammin' Good: a wide variety of baked goods including whole pies, sweets, jams and butters

    • Everyday Pemberleygluten-free baked goods

    • Take a Standwhole fruit and veggie smoothies

Setting Up:

  • When coming to set up, you can pull up right to the east side garage door to unload, but please unload and move your vehicle out of the way quickly so that others can do the same.

  • There is a gravel parking lot just east of the event center past the rail road tracks. Please park there after unloading. There is some street parking as well, but let's make sure we save the good parking for those wanting to come give us their monies.

  • Load in times are listed below. If loading in on Saturday, just please make sure you give yourself enough time to be set up before 8:30am.

  • If it's cold outside, it might get a bit chilly indoors, especially for booths near the doors. We do have some heat sources in the building, but bring extra layers for comfort. Sorry, no individual space heaters allowed, but coffee and hot tea are a must!

The Space:

  • Again, we’re at 931 East 4th Street in Joplin

  • You can click each image below to enlarge it. Please note the new booth numbers.

  • Since we are still new to this space, the layout might be subject to change. math is hard you guys.

  • Please be considerate of each other and the aisles for patrons while setting up your display.

  • Please prepare accordingly. You may run extension cords from the wall, but because they are going across the walk way, we need something to cover them. We will have a couple of area rugs and runners but if you are planning on doing this, please come prepared. Also be considerate of those makers and the booths you'll be running your extension cords from... if you set up later in the day their booth may already be set up and you'll have to work with them to ensure their items are safe. Because the Empire Market is still a work in progress, the lighting in the back room space isn't the best so please bring your own lighting if this is important to you. (booths 24-30) The lighting in the rest of the space has been updated and looks good you guys!

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  • We ask you to donate at an item or items equal to $10 or more for the giveaways on Saturday.

  • You may check in at the info booth after you've unloaded and set up or before that's up to you, just make sure you do it before 9:30am on Saturday. Those will be separated in groups of equal amounts and we will do a giveaways every hour on Saturday. That morning you will be given some entry slips, you should give one out per purchase. The more someone shops from different booths, the more chances they have to win. Patrons should fill out the forms themselves at the info booth, we'll have pens there and they can put them in the box there too! Cut off will be every 1 hour, we'll draw a name, then dump out the entries and start over. They have to be present to win.

  • We're also giving away HHM tote bags to the first 25 on Saturday so you could place items or coupons in there also! Please let me know if you're interested in this as soon as possible. I would need your items for this by Saturday at 9am.


  • Use #FallHHM so we can direct people to see all that you have up your sleeve! We will be reposting and sharing throughout the HHM and these days leading up to it.

  • With less a week left, we need a big push from everyone to ensure that his thing will be amazing!

The People:

  • Of course I will be there doing whatever is needed and trying to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. I’m also going to bring my rollerblades if I’m allowed, because it just hit me the other day that this is a good place to skate in… but that’s another story.

  • My husband Mathew/Mat (yes, just 1 T) will be there to help too. He's the big guy with the muscles and the dimples.. If something isn't working properly, he can usually fix it.

  • We'll have volunteers including Amanda, our staple helping out on Friday and Saturday. They'll be walking around making sure you're taken care of. Making sure that you have everything you need is their job. You can trust them at your booth if you need to go to the bathroom or sit in the vendor lounge in the quiet for 5 minutes. They've totally got your back. Just don't abuse their time. YOU are responsible for your booth.

  • Tara is taking care of some of our social media, so be sure to tag us and we will repost as much as we can.

  • Meg and her crew from Art Feeds Joplin will be running the kids crafts on the Art Feeds bus and have their new merch line on sale as well as helping us with any needs that might arise.

  • Samantha with Art Across Borders will be set up with some workshops in the south room. Go here to learn more about those and what she does!

  • The Empire Market is a year round market and our Holiday festivities start November 17. They still have a few artisan vendor spaces left. Applications are online at or up at the information desk. Or just ask Ivy, she of the blue hair and Tarnished Charm jewelry.

  • Don't forget to get your picture taken at the Mitzi Starkweather Photography photo booth!

We all really like you and want nothing more than for you to succeed at this! So whatever you need or have questions about, don't hesitate to ask!

Finally. Before you call me, ask yourself, "Is this textable?".  Then, if you really feel that you need to talk it out and not text, please still text me that we need to have a convo and we can schedule a chat! If you would like to contact me with any questions, if you need directions or anything else at all, my number is 417.793.3230.

Thanks for being so totally rad. I can't wait to see you again or meet you for the first time, and have ball with you!

XO- emma 

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