2019 Vegan Grand Rapids Holiday Pop-up Market

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.”

The raffle!

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!

What’s next?

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.

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If you haven't had donuts from Donut Garden, you haven't lived.
Cellar Door Preserves was the jam!
Delicious!
Notso Queso sold out of their jars of queso in record time! Thankfully the team had some of their yet-to-be-released spicy version on hand for tasting and feedback.
Apsara Spa sold their incredible vegan beauty products and were giving free chair massages!
VGR Cofounder Kolene Allen vigorously pointing at our photographer, Katy Batdorff Photography.
Another returning vendor, Jewelry Dreams were a crowd favorite.
Pop-up favorite El Cardenal offered tastings of their amazing tamales and salsa.
Vegan Cheesecake is killin' it! So glad to have them at this year's market.
We can say from personal experience that the cupcakes from One Sweet World were excellent.
Chris from Mycophile's Garden is a real funghi. Ok that was bad. But for real, their mushrooms are awesome. We picked up some of the mushroom jerky!
Local artist Claire Fisher had some great pieces available.
Sammy Saves the Earth joined us to sell some amazing, handcrafted all-vegan bath and body goods!
What was the most popular thing at this year's Pop-up? Hard to say for sure, but Cyclops Bakeshop was definitely up there. They're not on Facebook, but check them out on their website: https://www.cyclopsbakeshop.com/
Beautiful cookies!
Michelle sold a very hard to find item... vegan purses.
The Laurentian sold tons of his creative pies. He's still available for custom orders for Christmas if you get them in soon!
10 out of 10 cats agree. The toys from K. Grant Designs are the best around.
Four types of garlic, homemade pepper jelly, spice mixes, and a ton of knowedge about veggies and farming! Green Thistle Farm was a first time vendor and we hope they'll be back!
Who wants microgreens? 1st Micro Greenery had plenty for all!
If there was a contest for the most beautiful booth, it'd be hard to not give it to Luxe Artisan Preserves!
Everyone had a good time!
Sorcerycycle makes beautiful jewelry!
So thankful to Bridge Street Market and Apsara Spa for their donation of raffle prizes.
When they say the entire family is involved at Daddy's Dough Cookies, they're NOT joking!
Not a huge surprise, but Donut Garden sold out!
Suu Kuu makes "organic, high vibrational plant medicines to maximize vitality." Definitely check them out!
As the Cofounders of Vegan Grand Rapids, we'd like ot thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support you give to help make the Grand Rapids vegan community the best on earth. <3

Thanks again to all the vendors who participated!

Donut Garden
Kate Lewis Ceramics
One Sweet World
Suu Kuu
Sammy Saves the Earth
St. Steve’s / Mud Lake Farm
Ghoulworks
Sacred Springs
Cellar Door Preserves
Sable Candle Co.
GOAT Guardians Of Animals Together Cafe
Sorcerycycle
Daddy’s Dough Cookies
Sketch and Balance by Lindsay
1st Micro Greenery
Bruised Angel
Apsara Spa
Burly Bison Bakery
Jewelry Dreams
Mycophile’s Garden
PS Vegan Purses
K. Grant Designs
Notso Queso
Vegan Cheesecake Co.
Cyclops Bakeshop
Bit Baking Co.
Luxe Artisan Preserves
El Cardenal
The Laurentian
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

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