Last Minute Market at the Screw Factory

On Saturday, December 15th, 2012, Cleveland Handmade Markets, The Screw Factory Artists, and The Rowdy Indie  raft Fair—together with the gracious cooperation of the Lake Erie Building owners and staff—will once again enable (and even encourage!) holiday shopping procrastination with the 5th annual Last Minute Market & Screw Factory Open Studio.

The Last Minute Market is a delightfully unique, one-day shopping destination with more than 85 artists and  raftspeople.  It is a celebration of creative and independent small businesses and giftable art and craft. In addition, artists whose  studios are in the building will open their doors to offer a peek at their workspace and an opportunity to purchase their  work. The Umami Moto food truck will be on hand to keep guests fueled for shopping.

The event is held at the Lake Erie Building, also affectionately known as The Screw Factory. A testament to creative re- use, the structure was built in the early 1900s by the Templar Motors Company, but now houses a diverse group of  industrial businesses and artists’ studios. Ohio Authority’s Ivan Sheehan recently called it a “fertile epicenter of regional  creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.” Fasteners of all types are still manufactured there on the first floor.