Crafter’s night was a hit after numerous vendors, shoppers, and pups roamed the small, sectioned-off area of Monet Avenue in Victoria Gardens on Friday night, March 11th. The array of diverse types of small businesses there made the event worthwhile with live music playing and food to fill the empty stomachs of many shoppers. A sure hit for any type of person looking to shop locally in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Victoria Gardens, an outdoor town center and mall located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, has hosted an event called “The Gathering” Crafter’s Night Market over the past few months that highlights the incredible work of various vendors over Southern California, some vendors coming from regions of San Diego and Los Angeles. The description of the event taken from the Victoria Gardens website states it is a way to “welcome the New Year, new products, and our new location.” The event includes vendors of different crafts, vintage goods, jewelry, diverse types of apparel, prepared and packaged foods, body care, unique boutique trucks, and entertainment.
March 11th was another Friday night when the event would be hosting another Crafter’s Night. It started before 4 p.m. but most vendors were still setting up their artwork, food, activities, and business cards underneath the white tents on their designated tables. There were approximately 15 different vendors in attendance lined up on both sides of the avenue awaiting customers. Live music is also played as well as music coming from a speaker. The smell of fresh popcorn also lingered as one vendor sold fresh popcorn in a foot and a half bag for 7 dollars. Vendors sold treats, artworks dedicated to Easter, various types of tea flavors, handcrafted jewelry, activities to decorate cookies, homegrown plants, handmade crystals, body care, and clothing for women and children.
Keto Sweets was one of the food vendors that had set up their designated table and tent in front of Monet Avenue, making an incredible first impression. The treat company, based in Los Angeles, is owned by two sisters, one of whom was the vendor in attendance this past Friday night. Jessica and her sister came up with the idea to make keto treats after committing to a ketogenic diet, a diet where you are to eat low to no carb foods. They sold brownies, granola chunks, chocolate zucchini bread, and other keto treat at their stand with samples for those that wanted a try at keto sweets.
One of the shoppers that attended the event this past Friday night talked of how they saw the event on a social media platform in the past and decided to attend this event. “I saw it on Instagram from a friend’s story and wanted my mom and me to see the event for ourselves stated Alina and her mother, Brianna. Other shoppers giggled and laughed, as well as interacted with one another at this event. A mother and her son giggled as they strolled through the event and talked with a group of other shoppers. Another shopper talked about how they had no idea about the event until they walked past that afternoon. “I thought the event was for something else, but I’m glad I walked by this day and not another day” stated Chelsea, carrying what was a shopping bag from a department store. Dogs walking with their owners stole the show with their adorableness with shoppers stopping to pet them or to smile as they walked by. The community seemed to have been brought together for such a small, yet impactful event.
The event’s purpose is appealing and gravitating toward vendors and shoppers. The event has allowed diverse types of vendors to come together, and gain attraction, customers, and notoriety for their artwork, food, and creativity to be highlighted. Most vendors are not as close to Rancho Cucamonga, some coming from San Diego, over an hour drive, just to highlight their talents, making the event not only special for shoppers, but for vendors who have incredible talent. Bringing people together is always an enjoyable time when there is a good message and purpose that comes out of it and this event is one of them.
“The Gathering” Crafter’s event will continue each Friday night from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. until Saturday, December 17th, on Monet Avenue in Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga. More information on how vendors can join the event to show their talent and artwork through the Crafter’s Night information listed on the Victoria Gardens website.