Meet the Team

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Sara Thompto

Founder, Owner & Event Coordinator

Sara Thompto is currently running 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 Grand Rapids, MI), snuggling up with a book, listening to all sorts of music (though maybe a little too much from the 90's), traveling, going to concerts, hiking, cuddling with her dog Roxie, watching the sunset as much as possible, and spending time with her wife.

IG Handle: @SaraThompto

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


David Van

Owner of Madison Makers Market &

Co-Organizer of Walkers Point Makers Market

David Van took over the ownership and organization of Madison Makers Market in August of 2019 (est. Nov. 2017 by Sara Thompto). When I.H.I.M. started planning an event in the Walkers Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, it was only natural to bring Dave on as a co-organizer of the event! Who better to help establish and run a Wisconsin market, then someone who already knows the drill and loves the area?


He  also helps his partner Meagan run their business, TacoCat Creations, his freelance web design and photography company, Obscura Studios, and local car-spotter IG account, Cars of Madison. 


When he's not working every day, all day, forever, Dave loves Beer, Bike Riding, Photography and working on his old Volvo, Aina. He moved to Madison fifteen years ago for college, and never wanted to leave.

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Breon Tubbs

Social Media Assistant

Breon Tubbs joined the team as our Social Media Assistant in October of 2019. She is a posting machine leading up to I.H.I.M. Pop-Up Events, helping promote each of the makers on our Instagram and Facebook accounts! 


When she's not helping run the I.H.I.M. social media accounts she's slinging coffee in Coralville, IA, drawing hilarious characters and sharing them on her Instagram @2pure4you, making hilarious memes, loving up on her cute cats, and taking care of her two adorable daughters. 

IG Handle: @mamatooth666

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