Central Michigan Life – Mount Pleasant Markets Hosts First Artists’ Event of the Season

Ten tables set up around the Cornerstone Church Hall were covered in handmade items ranging from soaps to aprons and even wooden toys with soft music playing in the background from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 15.

Mount Pleasant Markets allows community members to sell local handmade items at its monthly events.

“We want to give back to the community and support local artists,” said event organizer Michelle Mowat. “Everything is handmade.”

Over the next three months, Mount Pleasant Markets will be supporting a different organization or nonprofit with funds earned by sellers who purchase a site to sell their items.

With 10 vendors, funds from each site purchased will go to this month’s nonprofit, Life Choices of Central Michigan. This organization offers free pregnancy and STD tests, ultrasounds, programs for parents and sex education.

One of the vendors was House Loomis + Kennedy, which focuses on beauty products.

“It all started with just soaps because we wanted a fun-smelling natural soap that didn’t dry out your skin,” co-owner Danielle Kennedy said. “We only use high quality fragrance oils and essential oils.”

Homemade Loomis + Kennedy sells goat’s milk soap, sugar body scrubs, beard balms, melted waxes and lip balm. Products are tested and used by both owners.

“We’re two best friends who really love and love crafting and making this stuff,” co-owner Amanda Loomis said.

Another vendor is Carroll Snyder who makes wooden toys.

“It’s fun, it gives me something to do in my retirement years,” Snyder said.

Snyder has been making wooden toys for 15 years since he began his retirement. Toys range from construction vehicles to WWII trains and planes. He also made and refurbished chairs, tables, a crib and a toy changing station.

“I probably have 60 to 70 toys there,” Snyder said of the number of toys in his basement.

Snyder started making wooden toys by borrowing a book from his son-in-law, who was making toys for his own son. The book was filled with different models. It uses glue instead of nails and each toy takes 10-15 hours.

The first time he got into furniture making, he salvaged a pile of wood from the bleachers of a church that was being demolished in the auditorium.

“I started out making benches and round tables,” Snyder said.

He made and sold over 70 benches and about 45 tables during this project because he didn’t want the wood to go to waste.

Mount Pleasant Markets is hosting another event on February 12 where booth fees will go to the Strickler Center. The goal of this organization is to help reduce poverty levels in Isabella County.

Mount Pleasant Markets will be hosting events over the next few months.

Carroll Snyder shows customers photos on his phone of other wooden toys he has created. Snyder showcased and sold his wares at the Mount Pleasant Market at Cornerstone Church on Saturday, January 15.

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