OUR STORY

 

2014 is the year of Mermade’s birth! For a few years, I knew something was missing in our beautiful town of Dana Point..as well as neighboring ones. A local, go-to market that could let shoppers shop without the pressure of a sale. And it had to be by the beach.. everything was better by the beach. My husband, Drew, quickly invested into her dreams and together, they made it a reality. The name came first, second was finding the perfect spot for it. It couldn’t be in one of those hotel buildings or big ol’ warehouses. On a walk around the farmers market, with our pup and 20 month old boy on a cold February morning, we found it! It felt like fate.

Built upon my vision to bring together likeminded lovers of shopping small and thinking big. Mermade Market has become a community staple that motivates our growing team to deliver incredible products to eager fans twice / year. You’ll find the “inside” portion of the market, a “pressure free” way to shop. The makers have their shop spaces set up, but aren’t there, standing with their product. The “outside”, is the exact opposite, with the makers under Mermade tents, ready to sell to you and keep the good vibes rolling.

Mermade Market is a 3 day event that feels like a pop up shop meets craft fair meets farmers market meets family reunion. Since our very first show in April 2014… we’ve proudly presented some of the most incredible creators, crafters & makers we’ve ever seen. Amongst all the friendly faces and shopping finds on the Mermade Market Campus, you’ll typically find food trucks, balloon animals, treats and live music.

Part of the charm of Mermade Market is it’s ideal location: the charming Dana Point Club House. Built in 1964 the Dana Point Club house feels like the prior headquarters of a successful surf team turned artist residence. The charm of the club house allows Mermade Market to be a gathering place, housing both indoor and outdoor vendors. No matter how you journey through Mermade Market you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fulfilled, satisfied and happy.

Drew & Elise, with Finn (6), Theo (4), Mila (2)

Drew & Elise, with Finn (6), Theo (4), Mila (2)

As we enter into our 10th show, Spring 2019, our family has grown, as well as the Mermade community! We have a 6, 4 and 2 year old. They have been along for the ride and it’s been nothing short of intense and rewarding. Our kiddos look forward to each show and have a good time decorating with us and hearing all the behind the scenes conversations that happen at the dinner table & on our beach walks.