Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

FAQs for Prospective Shop Owners

WHAT IS CRAFTED AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES?

CRAFTED is a permanent craft marketplace showcasing work from about 100 artists and craftspeople. Housed in two vintage 1940s-era warehouses along the LA Waterfront, CRAFTED is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday year-round. Visitors can shop local for high-quality, handmade wares while enjoying a mix of craft demonstrations, live music, special events, and delicious snacks from food artisans and unique food trucks.

ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN?

Yes. We only allow items that are significantly handmade and of high quality. We are looking for artisans who make anything from candles to cookies to custom surfboards – just leave the mass produced and imported stuff at the mall.

CRAFTED AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES is a juried marketplace. The jury puts a premium on quality design and materials. The CRAFTED application asks that you provide photos of your work, so hit us with your best shot. Please see below for our jury categories and more details on joining as a food artisan.

WHAT DOES CRAFTED OFFER ARTISANS?

CRAFTED is the ideal opportunity to take your small business to the next level. We are a landlord that takes care of most of your marketing, event planning, and security. We offer a creative community of artists looking to share ideas and resources.  On top of that, your space at CRAFTED is permanent and entirely yours – paint, put up shelving, bring in furniture, whatever you dream up to brand your retail space. We offer an amazing retail option, with hundreds of customers every weekend, at an affordable price.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OPEN?

We opened July 4th weekend 2012, so we are still relatively new.

WHAT IS THE VISITOR COUNT?

We are currently averaging 1,500 people a weekend.  Obviously those numbers increase around holidays and special events.

WHAT ARE THE LEASE OPTIONS?

We have a 3 month starting lease. At the end of 3 months, the lease goes month-to-month. We ask that you give 30 days notice before moving out.

HOW BIG ARE THE BOOTHS?

Market stalls are available in 10’x10’ increments. Our standard options are 10×10, and 10×20, but if you decide to expand it is relatively simple to create bigger spaces. Wall heights are 5’9” and we ask that your items do not extend beyond that.

WHAT IS THE COST OF RENTING A SPACE?

Each 10×10 is $250 per month with an additional 10% of sales, capped at $250.  There is also a $8 county property tax. So a 10’x10’= $250 + 10% ; a 10’x20’= $500 + 10%… you can do the math from there. If you add it up and break it down, you’re paying about $20 a day for a market stall, PLUS you get all the amenities – daily demos, monthly events, and the mega-marketing provided by us. We also offer Wi-Fi for $20 per month, and electricity for $25 per month.

There are a couple of additional start-up costs. At the time you move in, we will ask for a $250 deposit per 10×10 space – leave your space in good condition and we’ll return that to you at the time you move out. We also require that all artists have general liability coverage, and from what we’ve heard, this turns out to be about $500 annually.

WILL CRAFTED TAKE A PERCENTAGE OF MY SALES?

Yes. Rent is based on both a square footage payment and a percentage of aggregate income paymnent.

HOW DOES THE 10% OF SALES GET REPORTED?

We will ask you to report your sales by the 7th of each month. You will then receive another invoice for 10% of your sales, and your total rent is due on the 15th.

DO I HAVE TO BE THERE EVERY DAY?

We ask that Artists open their stalls a majority of the time.  For the benefit of our customers, your future neighbors, and our community we ask that you try to only close your market stall 2 days per month.

DO I, THE ARTIST, HAVE TO MAN THE MARKET STALL FULL TIME? CAN I HAVE AN ASSISTANT STAND GUARD SOMETIMES? 

We welcome your helpers with open arms! The artist must be the person signing the lease, but we don’t want to regulate how you run your business. We encourage you to implement whatever system makes the most sense for you!

CAN I SHARE A MARKET STALL? 

Absolutely! We have 2 options for sharing: Shared Market Stall, and Curated Market Stall. Descriptions and parameters of each are below, but it is up to you to coordinate the internal logistics – we give some examples, but the possibilities are endless – use that creativity we know you’ve got!

The Guidelines

Shared Market Stall: 
You and a friend share a single market stall. In this scenario artists have a shared responsibility for their market stall. Artists will co-sign ONE lease, and pay rent in ONE check. Each artist will be highlighted INDIVIDUALLY in all online and print media. We will allow up to 3 vendors per market stall.  We have some names of people looking to share, but you are responsible for making the final arrangements.

Curated Market Stall: 
A single person (curator) takes responsibility for a market stall but represents up to 5 artists. There is ONE application, ONE lease, ONE check, and ONE name on all online and print media. The curator must submit at least 3 representative images for each artist they are representing.

DO I NEED A VENDOR PERMIT? 

As requirements vary based on each specific situation, we need you to take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for operating your business lawfully. All vendors must take ownership for operating legally on the local, city, county, state and federal levels. If you are new to this, www.calgold.ca.gov has great information.

 Other helpful departments:

Packaged food vendors are responsible for clearing their products and practices with the health department! See details below.

WHAT ABOUT FOOD? 

In order to sell your artisan food in the marketplace there are several things that you need to know:

  • All food must be shelf stable – no potentially hazardous food.
  • No formal plan check is required if your market stall is less than 300 square feet, but you will need to obtain a health certificate for your market stall.
  • Your permission will be granted by Diane Lee at the San Pedro office of Environmental Health. You will need to provide her the following items:
+ LA Business License
+ Sellers Permit (if needed for your business)
+ A description of business organization. If sole proprietor, then a drivers license. If incorporated in some form, then the Secretary of State stamped page of the papers, the page indicating the officers, and the drivers licenses of those officers.
+ A description of the product
+ Sample packaging
+ Public health permit for your facility
+ Common use agreement (CRAFTED provides this to you)
  • We accept items made in a Cottage Food Kitchen. Here are some links that might be helpful: Cottage Food FAQDo You Qualify Flow ChartCFO Class A Registration & Self-Certification Checklist Form

Please note that a key item that the health department is looking for is continuity between the name on the health permit for the location where the food is produced, Your business name, and the permit being requested for CRAFTED.

No shared kitchens will be allowed by the health department. There is a singular exception that LA County will accept and that is an incubator kitchen called Chef’s Center in Pasadena www.chefscenter.org. If you have questions about how to move from a shared kitchen to Chef Center please contact Larry Bressler at larrybressler@chefscenter.org.

Check out www.publichealth.lacounty.gov for more information.

HOW DO I APPLY?

The application process is all online. We ask for your basic contact info, a description of your work and process, and 5 images of your finished product.

WHAT FACTORS DO YOU CONSIDER WHEN JURYING WORK? 

We take a number of things into account when reviewing applications. Quality and the Artistic Process are two of the bigger components. In addition we ask that items be Significantly Handmade and be made Locally in Southern California. The last thing we consider is Marketplace Fit.  We do not accept imported items.

WHEN AND HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED? 

Within two weeks of submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from us letting you know one way or another. This e-mail will ask you to set a move-in date and a date to attend a vendor orientation.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GET ACCEPTED? 

First off, CONGRATS – we are so excited that you will be joining us! Like we said before, accompanying your acceptance e-mail will be all the information you need to get started. Move in dates are up to you – construction days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, so turn around can be as short as 2 days!

Have questions that haven’t been answered here? E-mail our sales and leasing manager, Linda Gamberg, at sell@craftedportla.com and she will be happy to follow up with you!

CAN I START IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH?

Yes! If you choose to move in mid-month we will prorate your first month for the days you are open for business.

WHEN CAN I COME TO SET UP?

Construction days are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 5pm. You are also welcome to use these days to hold meetings with prospective customers, collaborators, or friends!

DO I GET TO CHOOSE MY SPACE?

At your Vendor Orientation we will ask you to give us your ideal three or four spaces.  We then pick the space that we think will best represent your product.