I'm excited that the Uptown Common Market will return to Hendricks County, Indiana, next month. After its inaugural year in 2022, this unique shopping experience will once again be hosted at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park just in time for the holidays. 

But before I get to the event details, I want to provide a little history about the Brownsburg couple organizing it.

A Hendricks County Couple's Dream Handmade Leather Wallets (Photo courtesy of Uptown Common Facebook)

In 2019, Grant and Jennifer Anderson, a husband-and-wife pair, created Uptown Common, a small business featuring hand-sewn leather pieces by Grant and macramé done by Jennifer.

While their business has changed a bit over the years with a current focus on Grant's leather expertise, Uptown Common's eye for intricate detail remains. The talented duo continues to take Uptown Common on the road to 50-60 Midwestern markets a year.

Uptown Common: The Market Eclectic assortment of items from Jenna Smith Originals (Photo courtesy of Jenna Smith Originals on Facebook)

Having traveled the Midwest to cities like Louisville, Chicago and Terre Haute to attend artisan markets, Jennifer and Grant longed for a shopping experience in their own backyard here in Hendricks County.

That's how Uptown Common: The Market came to be. 

The artisan market will feature nearly 60 vendors hand selected by Jennifer and Grant.

To ensure a unique shopping experience different from a typical church craft fair, the Andersons have limited the number of vendors per category to three. They want to offer customers a fun, inspiring shopping experience with extraordinary artisans who create original work, outstanding curators of modern vintage items and high-end boutiques.

Stay tuned for details at the end of this blog post for a Visit Hendricks County-sponsored giveaway for free tickets to Uptown Common: The Market.

Must-See Hendricks County Vendors Gourmet deliciousness from The Circle Bakery (Photo courtesy of The Circle Bakery Facebook)

Jenna Smith Originals, Opulant Radiance and The Circle Bakery are three featured vendors from Hendricks County.

Jenna Smith of Jenna Smith Originals creates eclectic household artwork and goods. Jenna describes her aesthetic as retro, bold, midcentury and hippie.

Opulant Radiance features luxurious self-care through all-natural skin care and chakra balancing products.

The Circle Bakery specializes in artisan sourdough bread and made-from-scratch desserts. You are guaranteed to have a hard time narrowing down the gourmet options.

Vendor Spotlight Intricated details on the pieces created by Marret Metzger (Photo courtesy of Marret Metzger Ceramics on Facebook)

Be sure to be on the lookout for Marret Metzger Studio at the Uptown Common Market. Marret creates amazing sgraffito ceramic pieces with no detail left unturned. 

Were you a fan of the television show Forged in Fire? Ed Sol, who was featured on the series will be at the market. Ed, of Ed Sol Crafts, makes handmade wooden, metal and leathercraft products.

Pauline of Boboshikado will be showcased at the market too. She is a French mum who sews an entire line of baby and kids clothing, which includes some mommy and me sets. Pauline is multi-talented, as she is also the baker behind Chez Pauline, a French bakery. She will have her French bread and pastries for sale, as well.

The list of must-see vendors goes on to include vibrant booths for candles, jewelry, skin care, food/drink, prepackaged food, plants, babies/kids, wood, ceramics, stain glass, paper, pets, metal and so much more.  

Details, Details, DetailsLucas Oil Raceway Park (Photo courtesy of Uptown Common)

Uptown Common: The Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg. 

The Market is offering discounted presale tickets through Nov. 10 including two tickets for $8 by clicking here. Admission is $5 per person sold at the entrance on the day of the event. 

You can even make a day of it as Uptown Common: The Market will host two food trucks: El Fuego selling Mexican favorites such as quesadillas, burritos and chips and salsa and Zo-Bot's, Indy’s first “dirty” soda shop featuring handcrafted sodas and seasoned fries.