ScrantonMade celebrates artists, creative entrepreneurs and all things local.
ScrantonMade sets out to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of artists and creatives while celebrating the makers, the creators, the discoverers and the original thinkers that call our area home.
ScrantonMade’s mission is to build excitement and local pride while supporting independent businesses and a thriving arts community through events such as Arts on the Square and ScrantonMade Holiday Market. These events feature a curated marketplace, live music, interactive art in a festive outdoor setting.We harness the power of social media, marketing and branding to engage our fans, build our audience and influence the community.
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Cristin Powers, founder. marketing & event director
Born and raised in Scranton with the pride we all have, it was always my mission to make Scranton a better place. Whether it be through my love for the environment or through the arts, adding to the quality of life here is my goal.
After receiving an associates degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology and a Bachelors in Business at Marywood University I jumped right in to business. In 2007, at the age of 24 I launched my 1st business GreenBeing, selling eco-friendly handbags at a local cafe as well as craft shows and and other local events such as 1st Friday in Scranton. In 2008 that love for business grew into a brick and mortar located on Adams Ave. in the heart of my beloved city. The shop was a great foundation for learning the responsibilities of being my own boss as well as building relationships with other business owners and creative entrepreneurs. In 2012, I teamed up with Chrissy to launch my 2nd business ScrantonMade. I closed the retail doors, moving the shop all online so I could dedicate more time to ScrantonMade. ScrantonMade is greatest and most enjoyable way to promote everything I love about the area.
I’m passionate about improving the city though creativity, the arts, events and marketing. I believe what the mind can conceive can be achieved. I believe that the pursuit of happiness is possible in the city that I love to call my home.
In 8th grade English class we were asked the age old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My response was a broadway musical star or an entrepreneur. I chose the later and in 2009 I was named by County Living Magazine one of the top 10 Creative Women Entrepreneurs. In 2010 I received a phone call from The Scranton Times saying I was nominated The Northeast Woman, my initial response was pure shock that I was actually now a “woman”.
I dream to continue to make an art out of marketing, promote our city and inspire others that they can live the life of their dreams and be successful creative entrepreneurs in Scranton.
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Chrissy Manuel, partner. editor & creative director
Hi I’m Chrissy. Born in West Scranton, my first real job was dishing ice cream at my dad’s little restaurant on Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton. I convinced my dad that buying an old-school ice cream station would be a huge draw. It was my first foray into marketing.
It’s only fitting that now my mission is to help those local artists and creative businesses become successful.
Like many young people, I couldn’t wait to pack up and move on out to the BIG CITY. After one year at Marywood University, I did just that. I moved to Manhattan to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology to study Advertising & Promotion. I landed my dream internship in the Promotions department of Paper Magazine and did freelance fashion styling on the side with extra large side of waitressing.I loved the big city but knew I had to see much more of the world.
Never one to take a normal path; I left NYC and joined the US Air Force. That took me to Puerto Rico, then Tokyo, the Middle East and a few other exotic places along the way. During my years in Japan, I got my bachelors degree in English from the University of Maryland, Asian Division. After 10 years of world travel, I decided there really is no place like home and I returned to Scranton determined to make it the place where I would love to live. As it turns out, Scranton was ripe with creativity and opportunities were waiting to be dreamed up. I started my first company, Shoplift!, as a way to sell and promote my artwork. Soon through doing craft shows and art openings, I met Cristin. I started selling my work in her shop GreenBeing, just doors down from my dad’s old restaurant in downtown Scranton and our creative partnership began.