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May 2016 CFMM at Ironclad Brewery

New Venue, New Location, New Vendors

So to say that I was nervous about the May 2016 Cape Fear Mix & Mingle would be an understatement. It was our first time in a new venue for the event, and the date landed on graduation weekend, derby weekend and Mother’s Day weekend all at once. This being our first event off of the Tmuffin primacies since the first couple hosted in my very own home, there were a lot of variables to consider. Ironclad Brewery graciously offered to host the event in their beautiful facility and the event space was perfect. Plenty of room for our vendors to set up and for people to mill about, their brewery is a great space for wedding receptions, vendor events, and more. With two beautiful floors of exposed brick, refinished woodwork and original ironwork and beams (not to mention the bars on each level!), Ironclad has created a unique setting in historic downtown Wilmington and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

Vendors started arriving at 5pm to set up their spaces, check out the venue and get to know some of the other small businesses that were in attendance. I am always amazed at the hard work and beautiful layouts that the vendors create for their spaces at our events, and was definitely not disappointed in their displays of their services and goods yet again. The creativity and thought that they put into promoting their small business is always such a delight to see, passionate small businesses ready to tell everyone why they love what they do. By 7pm every vendor was set up and ready to go, and most even had time to grab a heaping plate of deliciousness from our food vendor Alkeme.

Attendees trickled in and made their way throughout the primacies, chatting with vendors, learning about our non-profit for the eventing, drinking local beer and sampling food. Vendors were able to reach new potential clients and customers, network with one another and help raise money for a wonderful cause. Our raffle baskets, whose contents were furnished by the attending vendors, were a hit as always and allowed us to hand over a stack of cash to NCOAE (the National Center for Outdoor Adventure and Education) for their Education Without Walls program. So with another successful CFMM in the books, I would like to personally thank everyone who came out and supported our local small business owners and non-profit for the evening, the vendors themselves who came out to support the CFMM and what we do, and our non-profit for the evening who without them the CFMM events would not happen. Thank you all for the local love and support. Until next time…

Becki Alvaro – Founder and Owner
Cape Fear Mix & Mingle

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