By ANGIE ZAM
TIFFIN – While the pandemic has forced many businesses to close their doors, Jami Fadley is opening hers and welcoming others to come in and set up shop.
Fadley is the owner and designer of JAM’s Creations – a furniture refinishing and custom painting company – and has now added JAM’s Monthly Markets to the mix.
The events feature a variety of local artists, creators, small businesses and nonprofits – mostly on a consignment basis – offering customers a one-stop shop for gifts, crafts and other creations.
“Truly my goal is to just help as many people in this situation as possible,” said Fadley.
“It gives people something to look forward to and it’s also in conjunction with Downtown Tiffin’s third Thursday events.”
Each market features a different theme and if the first one is any indication, the concept is a success.
“We had at least 650 people walk through that door and that was our first one – our first actual consignment market. I was genuinely blown away with how many people came in.”
JAM’s Monthly Markets are located at 147 Madison St., Suite B. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays beginning on the third Thursday of each month.
Upcoming themes are:
- Mardi Gras Market: Feb. 18-21
- Easter Market: March 18-21
- In addition, three large vendor markets are planned throughout the year.
- Spring Vintage Market: April 16-18
- Heritage Vintage Market: Sept. 17-19, during the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival
- Holiday Open House: Dec. 3-5 (the third Thursday consignment market will still take place in December)
And Fadley is planning for growth – she has already secured more space inside the building and has plans to put vendors outside, on the street and at the park nearby – even striking a deal with Calvert High School to use the gym across the street once restrictions are lifted.
And as the space grows, so will the offerings.
“Quite a few of my vendors are creative people and a lot of them have already approached me with ideas of filling the time and space in between (the markets),” she said.
Classes and other events will add to the fun happening downtown.
When asked why now, during a pandemic, did you want to expand your business, Fadley replied with a laugh: “Because I’m crazy.”
Follow JAM’s Monthly Markets on Facebook for updates or reach out by phone, 419-250-1377, or email jamsmonthlymarkets.com.