1 The Chelsea American Made Meet-Up was a maker networking event held in the same building as my headquarters, Starrett Lehigh, located on the lower west side of Manhattan.
2 Many entrepreneurs and artisans in the building were eager to attend.
3 Here I was with Dave Gise, Managing Director of CSI in New York City, who is committed to connecting and supporting nonprofits and social entrepreneurs in their communities and in the world.
4 The UPS Store captured inspiring quotes from event attendees with custom illustrations at their #PrintsToLiveBy display. The UPS Store is a great small business resource for printing, packing, and shipping services.
5 Here was one of my illustrated quotes at the The UPS Store #PrintsToLiveBy booth.
6 COFFEED catered the event. COFFEED is a New York City-based specialty coffee company. They roast their own coffee, bake their own pastries, and through a partnership with another local business, source much of their produce from the acre-sized roof of their flagship location in the New York City borough of Queens.
7 Here I was with Frank “Turtle” Raffaele, the founder and CEO of COFFEED. Each COFFEED location donates a significant percentage of its gross revenue to worthy local charities.
8 This was Stacey Murphy from BK Farmyards, a collective of urban farmers dedicated to the expansion of social justice through urban agriculture and training. http://www.bkfarmyards.com
9 David Hunter from Chelsea Wine Vault served several specially crafted wines. Located in New York City’s Chelsea Market, Chelsea Wine Vault frequently hosts informative seminars and tastings. http://www.chelseawinevault.com
10 Marjan Beebe and Freek Lankhof of Dutch Desserts served their chocolate tart. They also had an assortment of pies with fruits and nuts fresh from the Hudson Valley. http://www.dutchdesserts.com
12 Happy Heart Kid creates fun games that inspire young children to engage in social emotional learning through play. http://www.happyheartkids.com
13 Every gathering needs a signature drink! For our Chelsea Meet-Up event, Derek Grout of Harvest Spirits served a cider fall cocktail. http://www.harvestspirits.com
14 The signature cider cocktail was served in Loliware cups. Loliware cups are the first and only edible, disposable cups that are 100-percent all natural, non-GMO, gelatin-free, gluten-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, non-toxic, and FDA approved. http://www.loliware.com
15 Two more beverages at the Chelsea Meet-Up were served in different flavored Loliware cups - the cold brew coffee in the vanilla cup, and the lemonade in the citrus cup.
18 Here I was with members of the Montauk Shellfish Company - their oysters were delicious.
19 This was Joseph Briggs of Nutty Spreads. Nutty Spreads is a nutritious, sustainable, and ethically produced creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread that is USDA Certified Organic. http://www.nuttyspread.com
20 Simple Brewing Company is a quality beer provider that is made and sold using environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices. http://www.simplebrewingcompany.org
21 Stewardship Farms is a Hudson Valley, New York sustainable farming, planning, and development company committed to growing the highest quality farm produce and flowers. http://www.stewardshipfarms.com
22 Susty Party provided the responsibly-made, disposable tableware and cutlery for the Meet-Up. This was Hailey Quinn Hayman ready to welcome visitors to her table. http://www.sustyparty.com
25 A good, inspiring Meet-Up with new makers! Thanks to our sponsor, The UPS Store. With me are Kristen Hopper, Laurie Scott, and Scott O’Neil from Assembly/Doner and Karen Kelly, Josh Riley, Nicole Jaquez, and Tracy Spahr from The UPS Store. Go to my web site to see my American Made award winners. http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade