Meet the Team
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!
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.
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 -