If you attended the 2019 Vegan Grand Rapids Holiday Pop-up Market, we’d like to say thank you! Because of you, and our 35 amazing vendors, we can say, without a doubt, that this year was a great success.
One of our goals at Vegan Grand Rapids is to help grow the local vegan community. The Pop-ups are a market where everything sold is not just 100% animal-free, but are some of the best products you can find! That kind of quality attracts more than just vegans to the events and it’s been a great way to introduce non-vegans to a welcoming and friendly environment. We’ve also been proud of our small contribution to the local artisans in helping them grow their businesses. Nothing makes us happier than seeing vendors sell out. Sorry to those of you who were hoping for a jar of Notso Queso but they ran out in record time. You can’t sleep in on the day of a VGR Pop-up!
Thank you to Calvin University!
A big reason for this year’s success was our new partnership with Calvin University. Calvin’s commitment to the community is the real deal! During the Pop-up, they highlighted their vegan menu items available at the Knight Way Cafe, located in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Lobby. The Cafe is open to the public so you can go enjoy awesome vegan food at amazingly low prices (seriously, a burrito is only like $3). We were also thrilled to work with the Students for Compassionate Living. The group’s members are students who are “committed to living in a way that shows attentiveness to our relationships with animals.”
This year’s raffle prizes were generously donated by Bridge Street Market and Apsara Spa. Our winners, Mary W. from Grand Rapids, and Jeff E. of Muskegon were two of many of you who rolled the dice and bought a ticket or five. The raffle generated funds for the Students for Compassionate Living group so they can help throw some events to help spread the word to other students about how rad being nice to animals is!
Many of you asked when the next pop-up market will be and the answer is… we don’t know. We’ll absolutely do it again December 2020, but we are toying around with some ideas for more pop-ups that would happen throughout the year. To make sure you’re first to know about a future pop-up sign up for our newsletter. You can do that here. If you have ideas for events, send us a message. The next VGR event is Vegan Drinks in February. More info coming soon!
We’re always on the lookout for new vendors! If you think you want to take part, head over to this form, fill it out and we’ll be in touch.
Finally, take a look at the list of all this year’s participating vendors (below the photos). Please support them. Many are new ventures who can take it to the next level, with your support. At our 2015 bakery Pop-up markets, Rise Authentic Baking Co. was one of these new ventures. Look at them now! They opened up Grand Rapids’ first all-vegan & gluten-free bakery last year. We’d love to see the same growth for every single vendor.
Thanks again to all the vendors who participated!
Kate Lewis Ceramics
One Sweet World
Sammy Saves the Earth
St. Steve’s / Mud Lake Farm
Cellar Door Preserves
Sable Candle Co.
GOAT Guardians Of Animals Together Cafe
Daddy’s Dough Cookies
Sketch and Balance by Lindsay
1st Micro Greenery
Burly Bison Bakery
PS Vegan Purses
K. Grant Designs
Vegan Cheesecake Co.
Bit Baking Co.
Luxe Artisan Preserves
Calvin University’s Students for Compassionate Living
Claire Fisher Art
Gina Moore (Benefiting Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue)
Green Thistle Farm
Mike’s Famous Mexican Bean Dip