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Meet the Team

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Sara Thompto

Founder, Co-owner & Event Organizer - East Coast

Sara Thompto is the creative force behind I Heart Indie Markets, I Heart Indie Markets: Pop-ups and I Heart Indie Makers. She also manages and designs for her business, No Coast Paper Co.


In her free time she enjoys exploring her community (currently San Jose, CA), reading a good book, listening to all sorts of music, traveling often, cuddling with her dog Roxie, and  watching the sunset as much as possible!

IG Handle: @SaraThompto

For more details on how I Heart Indie Markets came to be, check out the "Story of Origin" on our blog!


Michelle Mireles

Co-owner, Event Organizer -  West Coast

Social Media Manager

Michelle joined I Heart Indie Markets as the Social Media Coordinator in June 2022, injecting a fresh wave of enthusiasm into IHIM's social media presence just as markets were resurging post-pandemic.

In late 2022, Michelle assumed responsibility for managing the markets in her hometown of San Diego, channeling her deep-rooted commitment to community and support for small businesses into her work at I Heart Indie Markets.

In November 2023, the exciting news broke about Michelle and Sara's partnership as co-owners of I Heart Indie Markets. Their shared dedication promises to propel the growth of I Heart Indie Markets for years to come.

Additionally, Michelle is the proud owner of 8.25 Designs Sticker Shop.

Contributing Artists

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T.L. Luke

Illustration Artist

T.L. Luke is the artist behind our beautiful "Event Finder" header illustrations!

Read about the work and learn a bit more about her here on our blog! 

Want to commission her for an illustration or see more of her amazing her? Find her here - 


Instagram: @tl.luke


Twitter: @tl__luke

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