Mod Shop Shares Success with Makers, Businesses, and Community
By Jacqui D Sinarle
There’s something both exciting and inspiring about Mod Shop, Modesto’s annual handmade market.
Born in 2013, Mod Shop combines one-of-a-kind local makers with unique downtown venues to produce a shopping experience that’s becoming more popular every year.
“Mod Shop is a showcase of independent designers, artisans, and alternative crafters,” explained Kate Trompetter, who is co-producing this year’s event with Ruhi Sheikh and Tricia Rosenow. “Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we descend upon downtown Modesto in an attempt to bring creative, amazing people together. Our vendors sell their wares and promote their small businesses in a hip, inclusive, entertaining atmosphere, all while the coolest of the cool come to shop and support our community.”
“Mod Shop’s mission is to contribute to a vibrant, culturally-rich, connected community where people are supporting people in a variety of ways, from buying a handmade scarf, to enjoying dinner at a local establishment, tipping a local musician on the street corner, or ice skating with their kids,” Trompetter said. “We hope people will be inspired to do it again the next weekend and the one after that.”
The 4th annual Mod Shop is scheduled for Nov. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s event will feature more than 90 booths at host locations that include Mira Bridal Couture, Deva Café, Peer Recovery Art Project, Concetta, Mod Spot, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Galletto Patio, Mistlin Gallery, Preservation Coffee and Tea, and Ralston’s Goat.
“You’ll find vendors who create custom stamps, screen-printed tees, woodworking, items for babies, ceramics, fine art, carefully crafted unique jewelry, locally roasted coffee, delicious bites, homemade jams, and stationary,” Sheikh said. “There will also be succulent planters, vintage clothing, antiques, revamped suitcases that are now boomboxes, handmade candles and soaps, local honey, upcycled wallets and leather items, organic handmade makeup and skincare products, repurposed furniture, and gorgeous bakery items. You name it, you will find it, all handmade and local.”
The Mini Mod Shop in Mistlin Gallery will be stocked with items made by tweens and teens, Sheikh noted. “Their craftsmanship is high caliber and it’s very inspiring!”
Best of all, Mod Shop’s success has touched many facets of the community.
“Local businesses believe in Mod Shop and support this event, downtown gets positive exposure, and our community comes out in droves to shop, eat, and drink, which is great for the economy,” Sheikh said. “All raffle proceeds from items donated by our vendors support the Feed Modesto program, the event showcases a population of artisans that you may not find in an average store, and when we shop locally through local makers, it’s encouraging for them and keeps Modesto fresh with innovation. It’s a beautiful cycle!”