By Gwen Jorgenson

The Neighborhood Artisans Network is celebrating their fifth year of showcasing local arts and crafts. Showing monthly in The ROCK Community Center parking lot (located at 13625 N. 32nd Street), the pop-up marketplace has gained popularity with Saturday morning shoppers.

The marketplace takes place monthly on the third Saturday, and remaining 2022 dates include: January 15, February 19, March 19, and April 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. New work is always available, and new vendors join with a fresh take on their specialties. You’ll find unique jewelry, woodworking items, laser engraving, homemade jams, pepper sauce, yard art, rustic décor, beautiful wood pens, knitted and crochet items, and more. When available, the Southwest Diamond Duo entertains at the event.

One of the qualities of the craft show is that it is kept small, and each local vendor has a unique product. The corner of 32nd Street and Thunderbird has come a long way. I have lived in the neighborhood since 1987, and this shopping center has gone from non-descript to an epicenter of meaningful activity. There is an energy here—a community. We appreciate the support of the neighborhood residents and Genesis Church for use of the property.

To learn more, e-mail [email protected] or send a message through Facebook at Neighborhood Artisans (@NEPhoenix).