By Kellye Crocker
Just in time for Father’s Day (June 15), the Market Day crew presents Mancraft—billed as Des Moines’ first “dude-friendly” pop-up arts, crafts and vintage market—June 12, 4–9 p.m., at 515 Brewing Co. in Clive. With seven local vendors, it’s also Market Day’s first mini-market, first weeknight event and first trek into the ’burbs, says Cat Rocketship, Market Day producer. “We wanted to plan a market specifically for buying Father’s Day gifts and highlight crafts made for and by men—shake the image of craft as only of interest to women,” she says. “We selected a group of crafters that will bring gifts for cool dads, weird dads, young dads, queer dads, old dads, substitute dads.”
Dani Ausen, Market Day director, gave us the lowdown on the lineup: Danny Vasquez of Bird & Bear, handmade pipes, knives and beard products; Tony Streeter of Cicada Grove, screen-printed items; Andrew Kingsbury of Decadence, cuffs and other manly accessories; Scott Bents of Des Moines Bike Works, custom-built bicycles; Scott Kubie of Harford & Union, vintage clothes and accessories; John Ausen of the Hickory Golf Association, restored vintage golf clubs made of hickory; and The Sara Initiative, geek-chic housewares.
Of course, shopping builds an appetite. Fortunately, the Melts Without Borders guys will drop by to sling their gooey, grilled-cheese magic. You can browse, buy, grab a bite and then kick back with a cold brew while everyone else scrambles to get ready for Father’s Day. For more info, visit the Market Day website.