Pawtucket, RI – The G.I. Bazaar is pleased to announce their first annual maker’s market at Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket, RI, Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11am-5pm. The market is the first of it’s kind in the New England area and will feature a juried selection of handmade goods from up to 50 artisans and crafters while showcasing the work of local Military Veterans and Spouses.
The G.I. Bazaar was founded by Army Veteran Brandie Leach (Owner/Designer/Maker of RetroStitch; an eclectic collection of handcrafted handbags) and military spouse Emily Ruehrwein (owner of Ali Grey Shop; jewelry specializing in faux druzy earrings and adult friendship bracelets). They were inspired to create a marketplace providing a new platform for military veterans whose craftsmanship and efforts could be appreciated and supported by those in the community they’ve once protected.
They also understand firsthand, the challenges of transitioning and finding their way after the military. Founder, Brandie Leach, personally used creative expression as her form of therapy and hopes to encourage and connect with those who share a similar story. Military vendors include: Boston based jewelry designer, Camla, gourmet snacks by Love Cyn Gourmet, and handcrafted wooden bowls by Wonders in Wood amongst others.
The G.I. Bazaar is also committed to partnering with local Veteran-focused nonprofit organizations who play a vital role in the transitioning, adapting, and healing of our Military Veterans and their families such as Balance and Service K9 (BASK). Part of BASK’s mission is to provide rescue dogs to military and first responders as part of their PTSD program.
About G.I. Bazaar: Founded in 2016, by Brandie Leach and Emily Ruehrwein, the G.I. Bazaar is dedicated to creating a unique space for Military Veterans and Spouses while helping veteran-focused nonprofit organizations spread awareness of their organization’s mission. 2016 kicks off their annual maker’s market. More information about the market and their mission can be found at www.gibazaarri.com. G.I. Bazaar, P.O. Box 91, Manville, RI 02838