When we started Fox Run, we were having fun. We started our business modestly by selling our antiques and “junk” that we had collected over the years. Obviously, we got the “furniture bug” and started flipping and fixing antique furniture and before we knew it, we were doing maker shows! This gave us the opportunity to stage and design spaces in a way we had never done before. A passion and pastime we didn’t know we both loved!
While we were finding our newfound love we quickly realized we were missing something – or someone? At one of our first shows, we met Tara with 8th Avenue Market. At the time, I didn’t know where it would lead but I knew I wanted to hang out with Tara, selling her product along with ours. And then we met Alissa with ASpire Signs and Décor and we knew we were on to something special.
After that first summer, a long summer of hauling around a literal ton of product, we knew there had to be a better way! And thus, Fox Run Mobile Marketplace was born! We knew our model for partnering with amazing artisans was key to our success. So we stalked, reached out, shopped, and art fair’d our way across Minnesota to find the best of the best local artisans to stock up our truck!
When we thought it couldn't get any better - our world massively opened up as we were invited to The MINNESOTA STATE FAIR! This led the way for us to add The Market at Fox Run and our brick-and-mortar Fox Run: The Store to our family of brands! And most importantly, the ability to work with over 30 ARTISTS! Then came EVENTS, then CLASSES, and MAKER MARKETS! All in all, working with around 100 makers a year in different capacities! When it rains it pours!
Today we’re doing less of the making and more of the coordination but we're still keeping true to our roots and our passion for creating spaces and working with amazing MN-Local artisans.