Makers Boulevard Comes To Life!
for Katie Rogina, event planning on a grand scale is just in her DNA. As a successful marketing guru and brand ambassador, Katie has spent over a decade coordinating events for organizations such as the World Poker Tour, a televised show on Fox Sports Network, and for her current company, Spinitar, a top audiovisual integrator in the western United States. In fact, her efforts toward Spinitar’s annual Golf for Hope charity event have raised half of a million dollars for City of Hope, a nonprofit, world-renowned cancer treatment and research center.
“The idea of implementing a makers market into the downtown Brentwood farmers’ market location seemed like the perfect complement to a great weekend of family fun,”
When this busy mom, wife, and executive puts her know-how behind something, it is destined to succeed. That is exactly what’s happened with her latest endeavor with The Makers Boulevard, an artisan makers market in downtown Brentwood.
“The thing I love most in life is to spend time with my family. When I’m not making memories with them, I love making events come to life. I have attended the farmers’ market many times and am always looking for fun activities and creative events for my kiddos to enjoy. The idea of implementing a makers market into the downtown Brentwood farmers’ market location seemed like the perfect complement to a great weekend of family fun,” said Katie.
Katie brought this incredible idea of holding a monthly market in the City of Brentwood to life. It lines the street between City Park and the library where you can gather and explore the marketplace with your family and friends. Overwhelmingly, City of Brentwood officials and the community were very receptive and supportive, ultimately giving Katie their blessing to run The Makers Boulevard. It will continue to run on the third Saturday of every month throughout the rest of the year.
"A makers market for local, small businesses is the perfect setting to showcase creative, artisanal, and unique goods like her parents’ products and many more.”
“With her background, Katie immediately began to think of ways to introduce a new product into the community.”
While helping her parents launch their newly formed company called Scoopi Doo, Katie experienced firsthand the challenges that arise when it comes to launching a small business. With her background, Katie immediately began to think of ways to introduce a new product into the community. Her curiosity sparked, she was launched into planning mode and quickly derived a way to do so in her own back yard.
A makers market for local, small businesses is the perfect setting to showcase creative, artisanal, and unique goods like her parents’ products and many more. Exercising her marketing savvy, Katie sought out and invited Instagram-active talent. Word of mouth carried the call even further, and more talented creators got involved.
Katie said, “I don’t want anyone interested in participating in The Makers Boulevard to be discouraged if they haven’t already formed a massive presence on social media. All anyone needs to do is go to my website,
www.themakersboulevard.com, send me a few photos or maybe links to their Etsy account or website. I am simply basing inclusion on whether or not their creation is something that our community would gravitate toward.”
The important component here is the chance to support local businesses while giving an outlet to makers. Everyone wants to get out and socialize. Katie feels that bringing people together to the streets of downtown Brentwood, while simultaneously sharing something fun and interesting with her community, is what she was made for.
Photos By Kandace Photography