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New coffee shop hosts market featuring local artists

Dec 13, 2021 15h02 ● By Anagha Rao

This new coffee shop hosted its first Maker’s Markets. (Anagha Rao/City Journals)

By Anagha Rao | [email protected] 

Coffee Mama SLC, one of Sugar House’s newest coffee shops, wants to provide coffee and tea drinkers a place to enjoy their drinks and also enjoy artwork by local artists and small businesses through their Maker’s Markets. The first one was held Oct. 16 at their shop at 2121 S. McClelland St. 

Rachel Thiesfeld, the founder of Coffee Mama, said, "I wanted this coffee shop to be a place where people from all walks of life can come to feel supported and exchange positive ideas.” 

Coffee Mama’s specialty is dark roast pour-over coffees, which is a process that helps eliminate the distinct, burnt flavor of traditionally made coffee. Caffe Ibis supplies their roasters and their tea is from Tea Zaanti, both Utah-based businesses. In addition to coffee, this shop partners with V & R Bakery to carry fresh pastries daily. 

The October Maker’s Market featured Tragic Girls, Scents of Serenity, Trissie and Jane, and wreaths by Mindful Emory. 

Tragic Girls is a women-owned business started in 2017 in Salt Lake City. This business sells T-shirts, joggers, and comics that blend retro comic book art with dark humor or sarcasm. Katie, the creator and artist behind Tragic Girls, says, “With Tragic Girls, I wanted to create a community where people can relate to each other and realize that they are not alone in this crazy world. We all have a Tragic Girl inside of us, and it’s OK to let that out.”

Scents of Serenity is another women-owned business that sells handmade beeswax candles that promote body positivity and encourage healthy self-care rituals.  

Trissie and Jame is a local business founded by 13-year-old Macey that sells handmade accessories such as high-quality scrunchies and necklaces. 

Mindful Emory is a local business that provides access to mindfulness and meditation classes that increase concentration and promote physical and mental well-being. For this market, they made wreaths and did palm readings. 

“It’s important to support local businesses because most of the money ends up going back into the economy,” Thiesfeld said. 

Thiesfeld hopes to organize another Maker’s Market in the next couple of months. To learn more about Coffee Mama and upcoming events, visit