Merry Makers Studio

Help launch a space that celebrates local makers and YOU, the memory makers. Then join us to create some joy and show that you love local.

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Project Ends on November 22, 2019

Project Description

True North Collaborative is a partnership of local, Minnesota brands that foster joy while making it easy and fulfilling to make socially- and environmentally-responsible purchases. Our experiential pop-ups combine merchandising with delightfully whimsical encounters, seasonal-inspired classes, and activities for all ages. We offer the opportunity to have fun while supporting small and sustainably-minded businesses, and making a positive impact on the local community.

We highlight the story of each brand we stock, demonstrating why their products are sustainable or unique and what makes them special. This allows consumers to "meet the maker" and understand the value of our offerings. It also helps to educate and enhance our guests' eco/social consciousness.

Our motto is simple:

Love Local. Experience Joy. Shop Your Values.

 

For our very first holiday pop-up,

we're creating a mini, magical, winter wonderland celebrating local makers and memory making. It will feature fun and interactive installations, interspersed with goods from Minnesota makers and brands that give back. 

We seek to bring back the delightful whimsy that we Minnesotans used to experience when we’d walk through the 8th floor of the downtown Minneapolis Dayton’s in December on our way to meet Santa. Since that no longer exists, this modern re-imagination of that concept adds playful twists such as Instagram-worthy vignettes and fun activities for kids and adults alike.

Our inspiration mood board hints at our plans:

 

This is not another makers market or craft fair. Our pop-up will be run like a standard retail store, where all goods are purchased at one register. That said, we're aiming to create more of an "experience center" than a store, taking it above and beyond a typical retail setting. On any given day, guests may have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa, make ornaments or custom holiday gifts, create a card for someone in need, or even attend a Festivus du Nord party.

We'll be Open:

  • Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-6pm, Nov. 30th - Dec. 22nd
  • @ Third Haus in Linden Hills: 4420 Drew Avenue, S. Minneapolis

 

Why we need your help:

It's our goal to make our events at the Merry Makers Studio as affordable as possible. We also want to create something truly unforgettable. Because we don't have the resources of a big department store or mall, we hope to rely on the local community to make this project a success. 

Here's  your chance to show that you love local.

 

Our Team:

 

Michaella Holden (Co-Founder & Producing Director) has nearly 20 years of experience in the event industry and has produced pop-up shops and other large events for brands ranging from Target to Cartier. Kate Carlson (Co-Founder & Creative Director) is a multi-faceted designer that handles all touch-points of a brand. After several years of agency life, she now runs her own studio. Emily Olson (Projects & Marketing Coordinator) and Jesse Saengchantha (Graphic and Digital Content Designer) round out our team with their awesome skills and make-it-happen attitudes. 

 

 

Thank you so much for your support.

We look forward to making some magic with it!

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

When will Merry Makers Studio be Open?

10am-6pm Saturdays & Sundays, November 30 - December 22, 2019

 

Where will it be held?

Third Haus, 4420 Drew Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

 

 

David
11/17/2019
Tote Bag
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anonymous
11/14/2019
Tote Bag
$30
11/13/2019
Social Media Shout-Out (and live high-5)
$10
Raphael
11/13/2019
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$25
Amy Zaroff
11/13/2019
Tote Bag
$25
Ritu Khanna
11/09/2019
Monetary Contribution
$30
11/08/2019
Ultimate Merry Makers Swag Bag
$250
Lisa and Angela
11/07/2019
Monetary Contribution
$20
Diana Kalan
11/07/2019
Tote Bag
$25
Anonymous
11/06/2019
Tote Bag
$25
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

9 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Social Media Shout-Out (and live high-5)

We'll thank you on social media and if you come into the shop we'll give you a high-five in person!

5 Supporters
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$25
Tote Bag

Snag one of our custom, limited edition "Merry Makers Studio" tote bags.

9 Supporters
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$30
Let the HoliYAYs Begin! T-Shirt

Eco-friendly cotton navy t-shirt. Opt for a onesie, kids' size, or adult unisex.

0 Supporters
None available
$40
Follow Your Own True North Long-Sleeve T

Women's long-sleeve eco-friendly cotton t-shirt in black.

0 Supporters
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$50
Sponsor 5 Kids to Attend Festivus Party

Your $50 contribution allows us to offer five free tickets to either our Festivus du Nord party or a meet-and-greet with Santa to deserving kids in the local area.

4 Supporters
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$75
4-Pack of VIP Tickets to Festivus Party

4 VIP tickets to our Festivus du Nord Party on Saturday, December 8th at 3:30pm. Includes all of the fun of the party (treats, card-making, live music), plus a tote bag with 4 hot cocoa mugs.  ($100 value!).

2 Supporters
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$250
Ultimate Merry Makers Swag Bag

Includes our custom Merry Makers Studio Tote Bag with one child's "Let the HoliYays Begin" t-shirt, one "Follow Your Own True North" long-sleeve shirt, two hot cocoa mugs, and a social media shout-out.

1 Supporter
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$500
Custom Letterpress Business Cards

Co-Founder Kate Carlson, of Design Shop Mpls, will design and print custom letterpress business cards for you. Includes initial consult, 1 design, 1 round of revisions, and (300) letterpress cards with 1-color ink.

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0 Supporters
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$1,250
Week-Of Coordination for Special Event

Co-Founder Michaella Holden, of Lucent Blue Events, will provide Week-Of Coordination for your Wedding, Mitzvah, or other Special Event (date must be secured at least 3 months in advance.) $1,500 value.

0 Supporters
None available
$1,500
Festivus Party Presenting Sponsor

Join us as the presenting sponsor of our Festivus du Nord Party. Work with us to design a unique way to include your brand at the event (your logo will also be included on all event advertising). For more information about this opportunity, please contact Michaella Holden: mholden@lucent.blue.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

9 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Social Media Shout-Out (and live high-5)

We'll thank you on social media and if you come into the shop we'll give you a high-five in person!

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Tote Bag

Snag one of our custom, limited edition "Merry Makers Studio" tote bags.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
$30
Let the HoliYAYs Begin! T-Shirt

Eco-friendly cotton navy t-shirt. Opt for a onesie, kids' size, or adult unisex.

0 Supporters
None available
$40
Follow Your Own True North Long-Sleeve T

Women's long-sleeve eco-friendly cotton t-shirt in black.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Sponsor 5 Kids to Attend Festivus Party

Your $50 contribution allows us to offer five free tickets to either our Festivus du Nord party or a meet-and-greet with Santa to deserving kids in the local area.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
4-Pack of VIP Tickets to Festivus Party

4 VIP tickets to our Festivus du Nord Party on Saturday, December 8th at 3:30pm. Includes all of the fun of the party (treats, card-making, live music), plus a tote bag with 4 hot cocoa mugs.  ($100 value!).

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Ultimate Merry Makers Swag Bag

Includes our custom Merry Makers Studio Tote Bag with one child's "Let the HoliYays Begin" t-shirt, one "Follow Your Own True North" long-sleeve shirt, two hot cocoa mugs, and a social media shout-out.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$500
Custom Letterpress Business Cards

Co-Founder Kate Carlson, of Design Shop Mpls, will design and print custom letterpress business cards for you. Includes initial consult, 1 design, 1 round of revisions, and (300) letterpress cards with 1-color ink.

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,250
Week-Of Coordination for Special Event

Co-Founder Michaella Holden, of Lucent Blue Events, will provide Week-Of Coordination for your Wedding, Mitzvah, or other Special Event (date must be secured at least 3 months in advance.) $1,500 value.

0 Supporters
None available
$1,500
Festivus Party Presenting Sponsor

Join us as the presenting sponsor of our Festivus du Nord Party. Work with us to design a unique way to include your brand at the event (your logo will also be included on all event advertising). For more information about this opportunity, please contact Michaella Holden: mholden@lucent.blue.

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward