Locally Grown Showcase of handmade goods pops up at Snus Hill Winery this weekend

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
Jessicca Lenehan (left) and Megan Ulrich are the co-owners of Locally Grown Showcase, which will hold a pop-up market of handmade goods Saturday and Sunday at Snus Hill Winery near Madrid. Saturday will be a ticketed VIP event, and Sunday will offer free admission.

Locally Grown Showcase opens the local pop-up market season this weekend at Snus Hill Winery near Madrid.

The showcase’s co-owners, Jessicca Lenehan and Megan Ulrich, have been holding the markets of handmade goods since 2014.

Their Spring Market kicks off Saturday evening with a ticketed VIP party and continues Sunday with free admission to the boutique-style pop-up.

The ticketed event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday offers several amenities for the $15 price for entry. Tickets are available online at locallygrownshowcase.com.

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“When we have the VIP night, we’re adding a lot of perks to it,” Lenehan said. “So on Saturday night, they do get sangria and a full grazing table by Sisters in Cheese. We also have a bunch of donated items from our vendors that we do drawings for. The people in the drawing are the people who buy tickets.

“Plus you get first dibs on shopping. Since everything is handmade there aren’t usually a lot of multiples of anything, so it’s your first chance to grab something.”

Sisters in Cheese is a Madrid-based restaurant that is well known for its grazing boxes, boards and tables.

“Their grazing table is so unique, so to have the option to try all these cheeses and meats and their homemade dips, it’s something unique you get to try,” Lenehan said.

Sisters in Cheese will provide a grazing table during Locally Grown Showcase's ticketed VIP event Saturday.

Sisters in Cheese will also have things to sell, so customers can take home items. And during Sunday’s event, the business will sell warm breakfast sandwiches.

The free market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday will also have Red Rooster Ray’s barbecue and Vintage Road Coffee Co. as food vendors.

At both events, the handmade items will be displayed in a boutique style, where items from vendors will be intermixed rather than shown at separate booths.

“It gives you a chance to just feel like you’re shopping with your friends. You talk to your friends and ask their opinion, and we’re not interrupting your shopping experience by being present while you’re shopping,” Lenehan said.

Red Rooster Ray's barbecue will be one of the food vendors at Locally Grown Showcase on Sunday.

At the end of their shopping, guests check out with each vendor separately.

Lenehan and Ulrich each own their own business, as well. Lenehan’s Landy Lou and Devie Too features clothing for women, children and babies. Ulrich owns Prairie Hill Threads, which also offers clothing for women and children, with a large selection of accessories as well.

“I love hosting this event because we’ve made so many friendships with the other vendors,” Lenehan said. “It’s kind of our time to hang out and visit with each other because we’re not stuck in our own little booths.”

Vintage Road Coffee Co. will be one of the food vendors at Locally Grown Showcase Sunday at Snus Hill Winery.

Lenehan lives in Woodward, and Ulrich lives in Ogden.

“We met at the dentist’s office – a very unlikely place to meet,” Lenehan said with a laugh. “We’re both not from the area, and we were both pregnant at the same time and found that we lived close to each other. On maternity leave, we just started hanging out and it went from there.”

Lenehan used to live in Madrid and was familiar with Snus Hill Winery.

“It’s just unlike any other winery I’ve been to. It’s very relaxed,” she said. “The owners (Chris and Melissa Hudnall) are very nice and kind and generous to us. We started having the showcases there, and it’s been great ever since.”

Snus Hill Winery is located at 2183 320th St., Madrid.

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Locally Grown Showcase's Spring Market is Saturday and Sunday.

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