Declaration & Co to Host Local Makers Marketplace for Uptown St. Augustine

As if you need another reason to visit Declaration and Co., the hip San Marco shop is unveiling a whole new way you can shop Uptown St. Augustine this month, in an extra special kind of way. Introducing Local Makers Marketplace at Declaration and Co – a pop-up shop of artisans like soap makers, furniture makers, and brewers selling their wares in a one-of-a-kind way.

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For the monthly shopping event, style-like makers who’ve been vying for a coveted spot on their store shelves have been invited to showcase their products for the afternoon. Owners, Lara and Steven Kocerka explained “we are often approached by local makers to carry their product in our store, but for whatever reason – be it season, space or product category – it’s not always a good fit.”  So, the duo brainstormed on a way to support fellow creative business owners and bring their regular customers something new to get excited about and the Local Makers Marketplace was born.  We call that a win-win.

Each event will feature 5-7 different companies every month. Happening the last Saturday of every month from 2pm – 6pm, the Local Makers Marketplace at Declaration & Co is a pre-game for the shopping district’s regular Uptown St. Augustine’s nighttime festivities.

The first event will kick off, Saturday May 28th featuring the following companies…

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The Jar Company
Stephen and Carolyn Fowler, along with their two adorable children form the dream team of the fruit preserve world. At the Jar Company, only the freshest local ingredients are used to bring delectable, seasonal flavors to the world. The Fowler family’s passion for flavor shines through in their beautifully presented jars of fruity deliciousness. Unique popular flavors include strawberry-mint julep and habanero citrus.

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Old City Brew – Coffee Roasting Co.
Any morning can become the start to a stellar day with Old City Brew coffee in your favorite mug. This company shares its love for rich, exotic coffees from all over the globe, roasting them bi-weekly to ensure its customers’ exquisite taste buds tingle with anticipation at the mention of Old City Brew’s name. Whether steaming hot or frostily chilled, Old City Brew coffees are the way to go.

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Atlantic Ink Crew
Take to the sea, the beach, or maybe just chill out on the couch with Atlantic Ink’s unique nautical t-shirt prints. Pulling on an Atlantic Ink shirt is like wearing the soft embrace of a cloud, thanks to water-based inks. This company’s attention to detail is astounding, even offering custom printed neck labels. Based in Jacksonville, FL, Atlantic Ink’s manually screen-printed tri-blend apparel is the perfect choice for the whole family’s next adventure.

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Short Dog Jewelry Design
Short Dog Jewelry Design came about after making owner/designer Sara LaPlante made a from the west coast to her now east coast Florida digs right here in the Oldest City in America.  It was quite the change! Here she’s able to find an amazing amount of inspiration from the history, architecture, and AWESOME people that she meets everyday and  her Corgi – where the name Short Dog Jewelry Design came from.

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Pollock Pallet Design
Looking for a trendy, rustic-looking piece of sign-work? Try Pollock Pallet Design for beautifully hand-crafted wooden signs, bookshelves, tables, etc. Tim Pollock’s love for the art of creation led him to start his woodworking business out of his garage, and the pieces he’s crafted by hand show that he made the right decision. Though Tim doesn’t claim to be an artist, his work speaks for itself, and it spins a very different story.

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Swashe – Bath Goods
Swashe Bath Goods offers affordable, all-natural bath and home goods. From lotions to soaps, shampoos, and much more on the way, Swashe offers tantalizing fragrances ranging from grapefruit thyme to coconut citrus mint. Making its debut product release in May 2016, Swashe is a company to look forward to for all bath product needs.

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Old Towne Taffy
Old Town Taffy makes your favorite classic candy – salt water taffy that is – using only the highest quality, all natural ingredients with no artificial flavors or colors.  Featuring quirky flavors like St. Augustine Datil Pepper, Boston Black Tea, Key West Key Lime, and New Orleans Cajun Spice, these sweet treats are soon to be your favorite go-to sugar fix.

The Kocerka’s are invested in their Uptown shopping district.  Just last year they purchased the building at 63 San Marco that formerly housed an antique store to renovated it.  Steven continues “it’s a way for us to say thank you to everyone who supports us – designers and customers – and do it the true Declaration & Co. way.”

Stay tuned in to what to expect for the first event by joining their Facebook event here.

This post is sponsored by Declaration & Co. and written with all of St. Augustine Social’s heart and opinion.



Heather Vreeland is the Group Publisher and Editorial Director of St. Augustine Social and Occasions Magazines. A Flagler Alumni, long-time resident of St. Augustine, Heather is a wife, mom, writer, graphic designer, marketing expert, font fanatic and sucker for pretty packaging.


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