Meet the Team

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Sara Thompto

Founder, Owner & Event Coordinator

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), 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!

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Mindy Jovanovic

Co-Organizer of Northern California & Pacific Northwest IHIM Events & Owner of River City Marketplace

A Sacramento, CA native, Mindy Jovanovic is the owner/director of two event companies: River City Marketplace, and Ritual & Soul Productions. She also owns her own candle brand, Peace Love & Soy Wax.

 

Through her years of involvement in the creative industry she has had the opportunity to own a brick and mortar, teach workshops, commission two murals, and produce over 150 events, and truly be able to connect with the creatives around her. 

 

When she is not being a serial entrepreneur, she enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband, camping, rafting, and spending time with friends.

Sara & Mindy teamed up in the Summer of 2021 to expand both of their events companies throughout Northern California & the Pacific Northwest.

IG Handle: @RiverCity.MarketPlace

Fun side note: Sara's second market she ever attended as a vendor was with Mindy, back in 2015, and she continued to be a vendor at Mindy's fun events until she moved from Sacramento in late 2016! 

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David Van

Co-Organizer of Walkers Point Makers Market IHIM Event

& Owner of Madison 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.

IG Handle: @davidvan.gd

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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 - 

Website: www.tl-luke.com

Instagram: @tl.luke

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tl.luke.art

Twitter: @tl__luke