Makers Market to Join First Street Napa in October

Napa Valley Register
Written by: Staff

A Makers Market retail store will open at First Street Napa in October, said a news release from the company.

The store will be located at 1300 First St., suite 301, in the designed building on First Street across from Archer Hotel Napa and next to Gordon Huether’s sculpture called “The Basket.”

The 1,310-square-foot space will feature “well-designed American-made goods that honor the ideals of American craftsmanship,” said a news release.

“Makers Market shares First Street Napa’s commitment to supporting local businesses and will add an authentic hand-crafted product offering for our Napa customer,” said Todd Zapolski, managing partner of Zapolski Real Estate. “The store’s quality goods highlight American artistry and will be a welcome addition to First Street Napa’s locally-sourced offerings.”

Founded by Bay Area local and CEO Suzy Ekman, Makers Market supports local artists and their endeavors by selling locally-made goods that are original, sustainable, and bring awareness to artisans, craftsmen, jewelers, and creative minds alike. This store will carry home goods, jewelry, clothing, apothecary, bags and accessories in a variety of price points. Makers Market, which launched in San Francisco’s Union Square currently has locations in Santana Row in San Jose, Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek, and Mill Valley Lumberyard, with plans to open in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2018 as well.

“First Street Napa is excited to have this retailer who was named ‘Best of the Best’ Retailer in the 2018 Best of San Francisco Magazine,” said a news release.

Ekman, who is also a national curator for the American Craft Council and on the Expert Panel for USA Today’s Annual 10 Best American Makers was recently named to the 2018 100 Most Influential Women of Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Business Journal.

“We are thrilled to be part of the launch of First Street Napa,” Ekman said.

“Once we saw the quality of the project, especially Archer Hotel with its use of natural stone and reclaimed wood, and witnessed Zapolski’s dedication to providing a local, top-notch shopping experience, it was clear this needed to be our next location,” she said.

“It’s a great fit for my brand which is authentic, nostalgic, and draws upon tradition and natural materials,” Ekman said.

“We are excited to be able to showcase the amazing Napa Valley and San Francisco Bay Area makers for the international visitors and locals alike. This area has such a strong community of artists – it will be exciting to connect them to the world.”

Makers Market will also be conducting monthly outdoor markets in the corridor between the store and Archer Hotel with 20 to 30 local artists and makers and live folk music. The first one is scheduled for July 21, prior to the store’s opening.

First Street Napa, owned and managed by Zapolski Real Estate, LLC and Trademark Property Company, welcomed its first series of shops and restaurants in Fall 2017 with continued openings phased throughout 2018.

Tenants currently open include Archer Hotel Napa, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, Overland Sheepskin Co., Compline wine bar + restaurant + merchant, Napa Valley Jewelers, Eiko’s Modern Japanese Cuisine, Brown Estate, Mecox, Tommy Bahama, Pacific Union International and State & First by Maris Collective. Coming soon are Kalifornia Jean Bar, Napastak and Makers Market.

In other First Street Napa news, Zapolski Real Estate, LLC and Trademark Property Company recently secured $42 million to refinance First Street Napa. The Archer hotel was not part of the financing.

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