We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Terry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Texas Artisan Markets was designed to achieve the following for the maker, artist and creative community through our thoughtfully curated artisan markets: develop, empower, enable and sustain. When I left the corporate world, I started a small business called The Crunchy Cactus | Elderberry + Tea which turned into a very successful business for the last 4 years. During 2020 when people were losing their jobs and taking up their hobbies to help supplement income, I was trying to come up with a solution to help these folks make a success out of their “side hustle” and make it a real small company. With my background in marketing, I started doing a little bit of Social Media work for them and decided to do an in person outdoor pop up market…yes during COVID and it was a smashing success. We had 25 vendors in an empty field and over 2,000 people came through in 5 hours and sold out most of our vendors. What started in now Texas Artisan Markets. A large scale TRUE Artisan market only for the handmade and handcrafted held at breweries, wineries and distilleries all over Houston & Austin. We have recently been named Deep Eddy Vodka’s resident Artisan Market.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our story is really a simple one. We are here to help showcase the very best of our talented local community through our thoughtfully curated markets. It’s a tough job with 80+ hours a week and takes a lot of physical and emotional energy but to have that come back ten-fold from our vendors makes it all worth it. There have been set backs, mountains and obstacles in our way but we take each day with gratitude and the knowledge that we are making a difference by having a TRULY unique market experience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ohhh Im a foodie and well as an outdoorsy person. Connecting with nature or food is my love language. I would certainly go downtown to Bravery Hall or Railway Heights for some tasty high end food court options. Then we would head north of the city to Kingwood to walk East End Park or kayak on Lake Conroe. Another fun spot downtown is the museum district and the Herman Memorial Park, especially the Japanese Gardens,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to the 450+ small businesses that we showcase in our markets in Houston & Austin.
Lauren Fritz (This is who will be taking photos for us this Saturday at my upcoming market)