Louie’s Tap House hosts Artisan Market


Handmade soaps and body products created by Crystal Boehm were for sale at the Artisan Market held at Louie's Tap House on Sunday, July 23, 2024. The event was held in conjunction with Louie's Sunday brunch.

The monthly Artisan Market outside Louie’s Tap House is growing steadily in size and popularity. 

Joe Giacone is the general manager at Louie’s Tap House, 5689 Elevator Road in Roscoe. The bar/restaurant has become a popular gathering place for lunch, cocktail time and, more recently for Sunday brunch, 9 a.m. to noon every Sunday.

Giacone was recently approached by Stacy Moore, owner of Stateline Events Artisan Market, a not-for-profit entity that helps small businesses promote and sell their products at area events, and also raise funds for pediatric burn survivors.

Moore proposed setting up an Artisan Market in the Tap House parking lot where vendors could promote and sell their hand-made goods, excluding food, alcohol and non-alcohol products.

Giacone agreed. Eight small businesses sold their products in the parking area during the Artisan Market on June 23, from 10 a.m – 3 p.m.

Louie’s Tap House will be hosting more Artisan Markets, the third Sunday of every month while the weather is warm. Upcoming dates are July 21, August 18, and September 8, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Moore said Stateline Events will be hosting three major bazaars and craft fairs this fall and winter: Harlem High School on November 24, Roscoe Middle School on December 7, and Belvidere High School on December 14, 2024.

Stacy Moore has a personal reason for creating the Stateline Events business. She is a pediatric burn survivor and is a fire prevention advocate. In 1986, at the age of six, she was burned over 90 percent of her body when gasoline was poured over a camp fire near her.

Moore has devoted her life to helping children who are suffering the effects of severe burns. She raises funds and volunteers each summer for the “I Am Me” pediatric burn survivor camp for children 8 to 20 years old. The camp is held each summer in Ingleside, Illinois. It is sponsored by Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.

Louie’s Tap House will hold Bingo Night, another Stateline Events fundraiser, on July 25, 2024. Proceeds will again benefit the “I Am Me” summer camp.

Anthony Castiglione, of AJC 3D Prints, was one of the small business owners at the Artisan Market held at Louie's Tap House on Sunday, July 23, 2024.Craft booths were set up in the parking area. Most displayed handmade items.
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