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Battle of the Pop Up reveals local winner For All Handkind

Battle of the Pop Up reveals local winner For All Handkind
Battle of the Pop Up reveals local winner For All Handkind
Battle of the Pop Up reveals local winner For All Handkind
Artist-Run Collective Supports Other Makers

The big reveal is here: The winner of MacArthur Center’s Battle of the Pop-Up is For All Handkind. Founded by three local artists—Gayle Forman, Kimberly McKinnis and Kelsie McNair—this unique, community-focused collective supports local artists and emerging makers by giving them a platform to sell their handmade goods.

“We are beyond excited to have a place where local artists can connect directly with the community,” says co-founder Kimberly McKinnis, who moved to the area in 2016. “We also can't wait to bring our hands-on crafting experience to MacArthur Center! Everyone loves our Crafternoon workshops - they are perfect for the mall and everyone is invited to join in the fun and create together!  We have something for makers of all ages.”

For All Handkind began as a marketplace for locally made, handcrafted objects and one-offs. The collective has previously sold its items online, at craft festivals and at other regional pop-ups. While each individual artist may not have an entire line ready for production, together they curated an entire store and original designs. The store will include jewelry, glassware of unique and homegoods. You can even shop to support a cause as five percent of each artist’s sales are donated to a charity of their choice.

“Battle of the Pop-Up is designed to support our community’s innovative entrepreneurs,” said Karen Husselbee, MacArthur Center’s marketing director.  “We had many entries and are thrilled to have For All Handkind open their first shop in MacArthur Center in June to help them boost the profiles of other artists and makers in our community.”

The Battle of the Pop-Up contest asks entrepreneurs to submit plans and concepts. The winner receives a rent-free space for four months, use of existing mall or store fixtures, and free utilities. The winner also receives a $500 merchandising package from the center that includes interior signage, table-printed displays and graphic design services. The new store will be located on the second floor just across from LUSH.

Some of the For All Handkind’s most popular creations include handblown glass ‘Gumdrop’ vases made by Gayle Forman, adorable Watermelon drinking glasses by Kimberly McKinnis and the ‘Break-in-Case-of-Emergency’ glitter ampule necklace by Suzanne Peterson. The collective will also carry seasonal items – especially glass pumpkins and hand-blown ornaments during the fall holiday seasons.

For All Handkind Collective
MacArthur Center
Location: Level 2 Center Court
Hours: Mall hours
Owners: Gayle Forman, Kimberly McKinnis and Kelsie McNair

Instagram: @ForAllHandkind

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