Boardman, Ohio (WYTV) — The rain didn’t stop people from showing up to the Rust Belt Made Maker’s Market at Creekside Plaza on Saturday.
The event featured over 20 vendors from around the Valley that sold items ranging from sweets to candles to vintage clothing.
Rust Belt Made was created to connect small businesses with local artisans and the community. Co-founder Melissa Smith said it’s important to support local business and boost the Valley’s economy.
“Historically there’s always been this kind of concept where cheap is better,” she said. “We’ve kinda had big box retail that kind of took the scene for the last 10-15 years. And we’re finding that there is definitely a want and a need for people that want quality items that are crafted by someone’s hand.”
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