The Factory Bar joins neighbors for ‘Makers Faire’ in early spring

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Photo by Kathy Chouteau

By Kathy Chouteau

The Factory Bar is partnering with its neighbors for an early spring “Neighborhood Makers Faire” Sunday, March 24 from 2-7 p.m. at the convergence at San Pablo and Clinton avenues.

The Richmond bar will team up with Naza’s Boutique, Tacos El Tucan, Metztli Boutique and Waffles & Cream to host more than 30 local artists and artisans at a “giant neighborhood Makers Faire” in their collective parking lots and the bar’s patio. While The Factory Bar’s patio will be accessible to visitors 21 and over, the other spaces are open to everyone, according to bar Co-Founders Michelle Guest and Tom Lyons.

Guest and Lyons said the neighborhood Maker’s Faire will feature painters, chocolatiers, candle makers, bakers, jewelry artists and clothing brands.

Also on hand will be Richmond-related stickers, posters and screen-printing on-demand, including T-shirts for purchase or the option to bring your own to make something for free. When people are ready for some good eats, Tacos El Tucan and Waffles & Cream are right there.

Guest and Lyons told the Standard that The Factory Bar’s little corner of Richmond, San Pablo Ave. at Clinton Ave., has blossomed into a bustling, walkable place of community. He said that since they’re situated between the North and East and East Richmond Heights neighborhoods, there’s a lot of energy from families, businesses and community organizations and that they feel their Neighborhood Makers Faire will be a great opportunity to celebrate that energy and bring the neighborhood out.

“We are looking forward to highlighting some of the best local arts and crafts, in the best neighborhood around,” they said.