We’re looking forward to a fun filled Halloween at Ponce City Market. From markets to masks, we have you covered for a great time. We had the opportunity to sit down with American Field founder, Mark Bollman, to learn a little bit more about the pop-up market.
How did American Field get started?
MB: As the founder of Ball and Buck, a high quality USA-Made menswear brand, I learned first hand how important personal interaction with customers was order to successfully build a brand from the ground up. Its especially important when you’re talking about Made in USA products that don’t have the high margins and therefore large marketing budgets of imported goods. American Field was designed to give Made in USA brands the perfect opportunity to come into a new market, meet thousands of new customers, build their brand awareness, and make direct sales during the event.
Tell us about American Field in 3 words.
MB: Community. Shopping. America.
What can we expect from this weekend’s pop-up market?
MB: American Field Atlanta is the first market that we have held in the South and we couldn’t be more excited. As an Atlanta native I grew up surrounded by creative makers my entire live. American Field will provide a place to bring the greatest makers of the South together in celebration of the Made in America Movement. We are thrilled to partner with the amazing Ponce City Market to bring our first Southern market to life.
Why buy American made products?
MB: There is a tremendously positive impact on the local and national economy by purchasing domestically made goods. In fact, if everyone spent just 5% on Made in USA goods we would create 1 Million Jobs in America. Here is a short video put together by my friend Alex Bogusky that goes through, in simple terms, how there is a network effect to goods made in the USA. It shows why it’s not just the direct dollars spent on the goods themselves, but the jobs that surround the manufacture of those goods that also are bolstered.
American Field is this Saturday and Sunday on the second floor of the PCM Food Hall from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information about American Field visit our Facebook event here. If you plan on driving, try the ParkMobile app and a portion of proceeds from your paid parking session will be donated to the Atlanta BeltLine!