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Vibrant Transformation and Renewal: A period of growth & remembrance

May is a month often associated with blossoming flowers, and an overall sense of rejuvenation. Rich in cultural, historical, and natural significance with its blend of pleasant weather when it does come , vibrant flora, and diverse celebrations make it a time of joy and activity for people across the globe.

It bridges the transition from spring to summer in the Northern Hemisphere and from Autumn to Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in temperate regions, it marks the heart of spring. The chill of winter has fully receded, and the oppressive heat of summer is yet to arrive and we were lucky to see the Northern Lights.

Here's our round up of news this month:

In Print

We featured our market in Absolutely Magazine and had an editorial written about us too which you can read here Absolutely (Surrey Edition) May 2024

In Person

As you know, we work alongside charities at our events and one of them is The Grange . Jason got to take along 3 businesses that take part in our Pop Up Markets to The Grange to support one hour workshops with the young adults.

Sarah from @sjs_fluffnstuff where we got to make wet felt flowers.

Debbie from @momsmosaics where we all got to make heart mosaics

Sarah @sarahrawlins_artist we got to do some watercolour art of flowers and plants.

Jason met so many lovely adults and thank you once again to The Grange for making us always feel so welcome and it was so heart-warming.

As Dapper & Suave we were invited to Woking Library to read one of the books that we have written. Alex looks his Best is a story about a Peacock who realises that it is ok to be different and "people will always stare, so make it worth their while"!

We received a very warm welcome from Ryan and the staff and we think there must have been 60 plus people in attendance, small children and their parents. Rob told the story and Jason 'acted' out with props and shook his feathers. Afterwards we got to do some crafting and made our very own Peacocks that can be found in the library.

Watch this space as will be back in October to read some more stories , some rhyme time and some singing too.

Our first themed Pop Up Home & Gift market happened on Sunday 19th May at Denbies Wine Estate. The day was a great success with shoppers happy to spend before heading back out into the sunshine.

There were 39 businesses in attendance with 17 of them being new in joining us and we had such great feedback such as "liked the mix of new makers", "a great atmosphere amongst stallholders who were very friendly and returning customers", which is very great to hear. "Wonderful high-quality products as always" and "feel supported, uplifted, and inspired by other fabulous stall holders and great hosts!!!"

Thanks to the meet and greet staff Jennai and Niki who welcomed the customers.

Check out our latest video of the event below:

Video by Daniel from A Loft Visuals @aloftivisuals

Our next event is our Sustainability Pop Up Market on Sunday 2nd July 11am – 4pm located in the picturesque Surrey countryside at Denbies Wine Estate.

Highlighting a varied selection of small business who prioritize sustainability as an integral part of their brand identity with Artwork, Fashion, Beauty, Skincare, Candles, Jewellery, Food & Drink, providing customers with a curated diverse array of brands and small businesses to explore and enjoy.

Our chosen charity is The Grange who we are delighted to be working with for the first time this year at this event.

We announced this week our new venue for our Festive Market in The Conservatory , Syon House

Friday 22nd November - 3pm - 8pm

Saturday 23rd November - 10am - 4pm We will keep you up to date of details of this exciting event.

And finally - we were proud to tell you about our Prestige Award last month. The hosts have now published our interview which you can watch below.

Thanks for reading!

Jason & Rob



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