I’ve got some exciting news about the continued evolution of the annual BikeCraft event.
You’ll recall this year I formally handed over the event to Aaron Kaffen and Amos Hunter after running it for six years (sniff, sniff). Amos and Aaron took it to a whole new level and the event was really solid. Now they’re moving forward on the next evolution of BikeCraft — turning it into a curated online marketplace.
Day One of BikeCraft 2011 is in the books. There was a great turnout today and many many fine things to browse and buy.
Below are some of the things that caught my eye. Remember, if you’re just waking up on Sunday morning, you’ve got plenty of time to get down to 420 NE 9th and do some shopping. BikeCraft is open from 11 – 6pm and there’s lots of good stuff left!
If you haven’t figured it out by now, BikeCraft isn’t just a holiday gift bazaar: It’s a place where folks come out of the winter cold, catch up with friends, and enjoy that special, bike-infused flavor of Portland holiday cheer.
And to make it even better this year, the folks putting on the event have lined up some splendid diversions that will make for a perfect break from all the shopping.
Here’s a full rundown of the live music and other attractions coming to BikeCraft this weekend: (more…)
(Photo: Adams Carroll)
When I first held BikeCraft on that snowy evening way back in December 2005, besides an excuse to bring people together and hang out with friends, my main goal was prove the following point: “Look at all this amazing bike stuff that’s made by hand right here in Portland!”
In subsequent years I stayed mostly true to that, only allowing Portland-based vendors to participate (although last year we welcomed several from out-of-town). In the six years that have followed, I think we’ve proved the point quite well.
This year, my friends Aaron and Amos (who have taken the reins of the BikeCraft event) have lined up an impressive list of vendors from out of town. Here’s a closer look at them… (more…)
(All photos © J. Maus unless otherwise noted)
BikeCraft is getting bigger and better this year in more ways than one.
But before I announce the dates and venue (scroll down if you can’t wait), I want to let you all know that I’ve officially handed over the event to someone else.
Since that magical snow night in January 2005, BikeCraft has had a special place in my heart. It still does; but this year, with some recent staffing changes (as in, I’m working solo at the moment), there was no way I could pull it all together.
I realize I’m slightly biased, but I think our sixth annual BikeCraft went extremely well. We had a steady flow of pleasant crowds all weekend, new vendors that raised eyebrows, lots of sales, and most importantly everyone seemed to have a great time (even if it they did so while wearing gloves, scarves, jackets and hats — it was cold!).
Before I get into some vendor and product highlights, I want to thank everyone that helped us make it possible:
- BikePortland sales and business manager Jonathan “JR” Reed (once again) did a stellar job putting it all together. (Seriously, I wasn’t really much help at all.)
Day one of BikeCraft is in the books. Below are the rest of the photos from the show floor. If you missed the action today — or if you didn’t get to see everything and need to come back — we’ll be open tomorrow (Sunday, 12/5) from 10:00 to 6:00 at 15 NE Hancock. You can see the second batch of photos in the gallery or in the slideshow below… (more…)
One of the many treats at Day One of BikeCraft was a performance by the BTA Carolers. Our friends from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (with help from Steph Routh of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition), warmed up the venue with a performance of holiday songs. I snapped a quick video of their very fun rendition of “O Come all ye Faithful.” Listen to the lyrics to see how they added a bit of bikey flair…
Stay tuned for more photos and coverage from BikeCraft. We’re very excited for another day of vendors, music, treats, and holiday cheer. Join us tomorrow (Sunday) from 10:00 – 6:00 at 15 NE Hancock (one block north of Broadway/Williams). Stay tuned for full photo gallery from today and be sure to check our Twitter updates for snapshots from the vendor action today (and more tomorrow!).