At Home in Bloomington is all about community and our guest on Episode 7 knows a thing or two about that! The vision behind Talia Halliday’s brick and mortar store, Gather Shoppe, was to establish a community for people who create. With over 300 artists represented in the store and a variety of creative and thoughtful events like Crafternoons and Wellness Wednesdays, Gather partners with local businesses to provide a way for everyone to get involved. Talia has also been helping organize the Bloomington Handmade Market, a biannual event featuring thoughtfully chosen work from over 40 local and Midwestern artists since 2012. Celebrate local art, community and our amazing city with At Home in Bloomington!
In our Facebook Follow segment we recognize the Bloomington Parks and Recreation department who won the 2018 Gold Medal Award for Best Parks and Rec Department in the country and encourage you to follow them on Facebook to stay updated on so many awesome activities. And in our REAL-List segment, Deb Gives us a pep talk and helpful advice on what to do if you get turned down for a mortgage.
Just about 10 years ago, Talia Halliday created Conduit Press out of the dining room of her home while her newborn baby slept in a ring sling attached to her hip. Since then she’s grown Conduit Press into a multi-faceted arts business that sells handmade bespoke leather journals and leather bags to shops and boutiques across the globe. In that same time frame, Talia found her strength in her handmade community and became an organizer behind the Bloomington Handmade Market – a DIY fueled, indie craft show featuring handmade and contemporary arts and crafts that celebrates TEN years this holiday season! Being the multi-tasker that she is, and never being able to sit idle for a minute, Talia also has grown Gather – a handmade brick and mortar shop representing many of the same artists from the Market (and her own work from Conduit Press) into a downtown retail institution in Bloomington; a wonderful one of a kind place to find all the gifts and special items you might need in your life. What’s next for Talia – who knows, but we can bet she has something up her sleeve.