Monday, November 30, 2015

Boutique 208 Artists at Handmade Arcade

DECEMBER 5, 2015
11 a.m. to 7 p.m (Early Birdie shopping starts at 10 a.m.)
David L Lawrence Convention Center
Downtown Pittsburgh
Free Admission
Boutique 208 is a proud sponsor of  Handmade Arcade 2015!
We'll be well represented by these fabulous Boutique 208 artists:

Stop by to see our artists, as well as all of the other fantastic makers!

Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair returns for its 12th annual event on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome
- Early Birdie Passes for exclusive shopping (10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
- 150+ independent craft vendors
- NEW! Limited-edition Handmade Arcade coloring book
- Raffles featuring handmade products...
- Hands-on Handmade activity area for all ages
- New Handmade Arcade tote bags, posters and buttons

See more at:

Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, was founded in 2004 to provide grassroots, independent craft-based artists with opportunities to show and sell their wares; to create an alternative to traditional craft and fine art fairs in the region; and to connect the local indie craft community with the national DIY movement.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Women in Hospitality Pittsburgh Networking event - join us!


Join Women in Hospitality Pittsburgh for an afternoon of shopping & networking. Start your holiday shopping with us!

Cash & carry vendors include Arbonne, Chakra Candy by Emunah Reiki, Colorful Creations, Donna Sale, Henne Jewelers, Hi-On-Hats, it works, jbailey, Mary Kay, Park Lane Jewelry, Roden & Fields, Silpada Jewelry, The Pop Cakery, Boutique 208, and Pretzel Crazy

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rivers Club
One Oxford Centre, Pittsburgh

Complimentary admission includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
Parking is available on site at $5.

Event is open to the public, but you must register in advance.

register at
or call (800) 345-5353

Heidi Howard, CMP  |  Director of Events & Engagement

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association
100 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-963-8365 direct  |  800-345-5353

Monday, November 2, 2015

Meet Your Makers: Nandy Karthik of Painted Elephant

Please introduce yourself and tell us about your handmade business.

Hi, I am Nandhini (Nandy) Karthik,  a stay at home Mom who loves to paint. I was born & raised in a south India. My mom would send me to the local artists to learn Indian art & crafts during my summer vacations. 

I paint glass bottles, trays, vases, stones and anything I get my hand on!

How did you come up with your business name?

My designs are Indian. I love Elephants and India is one of those places where the elephants are highly decorated.

Where do you live?
 In Upper Saint Clair, Pittsburgh

Who’s in your family?
My husband Karthik, and my 4 year old daughter Leela.

If you could sit down and talk to any person, living or dead who would it be, and why?
My Grandmom, she was a great doodler.

What inspires you?
India & its colors

What is your favorite item you make for Boutique 208 and why?
Oil/vinegar dispensers

What is your favorite item at Boutique 208 that’s not one of your own and why?
I like everyone's work. My favorites are Jenn's art works (those tiny canvas paintings & magnets) and Spice studs.

What advice can you offer to someone who would like to start selling their handmade creations?

Be original