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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

The Makers of American Field

10 28 2015 | Posted in Events

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We’re thrilled to have American Field pop-up market here this Saturday and Sunday at PCM. A celebration of trade, American Field, showcases makers from across the country. We caught up with two of the makers, Owen Shea from Brothers Artisan Oil and Ashley Hanna from Mizzen + Main to learn more about their process.

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Tell us about yourself. How did you get started?

OS: The brothers have always had some kind of facial hair, but Owen really started growing his out as part of embracing fatherhood, and Baxter, as part of his move to Boston. Owen found that beard oil did exist, but was unsatisfied with the offerings, and after some research, felt that he could develop a more beneficial blend. The brothers tested on themselves and their friends, Owen made the Instagram, and things took off. With both of them experienced bartenders they hit the drawing board.  “Mixing cocktails and mixing beard oils aren’t all that different. You need to know what people like and what people need

AH: When we started Mizzen+Main we saw much more than a “gap” in the marketplace; we saw a market at risk of becoming irrelevant to a crucially important demographic. Over the past decade, young, fitness-oriented, work-hard-play-hard professionals have grown increasingly addicted to performance fabrics. They’ve found they can run, cycle, climb, throw, row, and do dozens of other activities in athletic apparel made from enhanced fabric that moves with the body, wicks moisture, and allows plenty of give, where and when it’s needed.

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How has your brand evolved?

OS: We created the original product for ourselves and our friends, but quickly realized it was more than just a hobby. Some feel that the beard is just a trend, we realized we could actually change the face (pun intended) of men’s grooming and encourage hesitant beard growers. There is an awkward stage that every beard goes through before it becomes wonderful, and knowing that many men have made it through or made gains because of us is truly wonderful. We are now in multiple stores on the east cost and plan to expand other parts of the country, hopefully find a new home in Atlanta for our products!

AH: We started Mizzen+Main with a groundbreaking innovation: performance fabric dress shirts. That spirit of innovation and combining performance with tradition will continue as we expand into chinos (in time for the holidays), blazers, and broadening our footprint overall with a greater selection for current and new customers.

Describe your brand in 3 words:

OS: Classic, timeless, natural

AH: Innovative, Athletic, All-American

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What is your favorite part of American Field?

OS: My favorite part of American Field is the first morning, makers standing behind their goods, coffee in hand, with a sense of pride and honor across the entire room. It’s about meeting people and sharing who you are and what you make.

AH: My favorite part of American Field is meeting guys from all of the USA I might not of met before that wear Mizzen+Main. Also, I love meeting and chatting with other entrepreneurs in the American Made fashion industry, understanding what’s working and how they’re growing.

Have you been to Atlanta before?

OS: I have been to Atlanta once when I was 8 or so, I think I still have the pennies I put on the train tracks. We are very excited to be a part of the American made movement and to do this at the historical Ponce City Market.

AH: I haven’t! Coming from Dallas we are super excited for American Field to be more southern vs. DC, Boston and Brooklyn.

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American Field is Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1st from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information visit our Facebook event here.

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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.

October 31st will kickoff with a makers market from American Field. This pop-up exhibition celebrates American-made goods and the people behind them. The market will be open from 10AM-6PM on October 31st and November 1st at Ponce City Market. Admission is free.

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On the evening of October 31st, local band the Quiet Hounds will be storming the grounds of PCM for an incredible performance. Join your friends for a night of ghosts and ghouls – and don’t forget your mask. Event starts at 8PM. Tickets are now available.

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The children of the Suzuki School will parade through the Central Food Hall on October 30th in their very best Halloween costumes. You won’t want to miss this, so head over to the Food Hall at 4:30PM for a scary-cute treat.

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We can’t wait to see you at PCM. Don’t forget to take advantage of our complimentary bike valet if you’re arriving via the BeltLine. 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!

For the Red Bull Soapbox Race this year, we entrusted our very best conductors to lead the Southern Railroaders down the hill. Betsy and Kristen steered the Ponce City Express down North Ave. in style.

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Made from recycled and reclaimed materials, the Ponce City Express was built as an homage to traveling through the South by railway.

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Our team had been practicing for weeks and at the top of the hill, everyone was ready to show Atlanta what the Ponce City Express was made of.

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Want to see how the Ponce City Express handled the course? Click here to check out our run!

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We’re just days away from Party at Ponce and we’re already dreaming of the tastings from some of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs. PCM Food Hall chefs along with chefs from across the city will come together this Saturday, October 10th to provide a culinary experience like no other.

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Guests at Party at Ponce can look forward to these delicious bites:

  • Chef Craig Richards of St. Cecelia: Smoked Kabocha squash casoncelli with Dungeness Crab and burnt chives
  • Chef Jay Swift of 4th & Swift: Smoked chicken “Cotechino” with padron chili aioli
  • Chef Zeb Stephenson of Watershed on Peachtree: Sweet and spicy snack mix with country ham salt
  • Chef Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food: House smoked salmon chips with chipotle cream cheese, red onions and house chips
  • Chef Pano Karatassos of KYMA: Octopus carpaccio and Bulgur stuffed grape leaves
  • Chef Bryan Cates of Basico: Heritage pozole rojo
  • Dale Donchey of Spiller Coffee: The worst cocktail you’ve ever tried twice
  • City Winery: Music City Pinot Noir Roundabout Red Blend
  • Sweetwater Brewery: Hop Hash, Blue, & Take 2 Pills
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  • Chef Sean Brock of Minero: Charcoal grilled chicken wings doused with Valentina sauce
  • Chef Jiguo Jiang and Dahe Yang of Jia: Pork dan dan noodles
  • Meherwan Irani of Boti: Lamb Kofta with mint-cilantro chutney, caramelized dates, Persian feta and chaat slaw
  • Chef Anne Quatrano of W.H. Stiles Fish Camp (Dub’s): Roasted gulf oysters with hot sauce and crackers
  • David Berry of Bellina: Fontina cheese stuffed meatball, velvety tomato passata and crispy schiacciata bread
  • Chef Hector Santiago and Chef Pedro Matos of El Super Pan: Pan de Jamon Y Queso
  • Chef Linton Hopkins of Hop’s Chicken: Chicken wings with frim from sauce
  • Biltong Bar
  • Chef Jonathan Waxman and Chef Adam Evans of Brezza Cucina
  • Lucky Lotus: Banging Body smoothie
  • The Mercury: Creole poached shrimp remoulade with Adair Park Urban Farm’s micrograms
  • Proof: Old fashioned with Virgil Kaine Robber Baron Rye whiskey and Proof Traditional cocktail syrup
  • 18.21 Bitters: Tastes of small batch cocktail bitters, tinctures, and shrubs and syrups
  • Wes Jones of Honeysuckle Gelato
  • Strippagio
  • Farm to Ladle: Tomato basil bisque
  • Hannah Chung of Simply Seoul Kitchen: Spicy Korean pork bulgogi

Still need tickets? Exciting news! Party at Ponce has reached its fundraising goal and wants to share the success. Use the promo code: ShareintheSuccess to get 25% off your ticket order now! See you this Saturday at Ponce City Market.

The countdown to Party at Ponce is on and we can’t wait to experience an epic evening of fundraising, music, food, and more. In addition to performances by The Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins, Atlanta-raised David Ryan Harris will take the Party at Ponce stage this Saturday, October 10th.

Keep reading to find out what to expect from David Ryan Harris’ performance, his favorite song to play live, and how Atlanta has played a role in his musical style.

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1.) What is your favorite part of coming back to Atlanta to play?

I love the mix of old friends and new construction! I’m always doing double takes as I make my way through the city. It’s a bit disconcerting, but it keeps me on my toes.

2.) What is one surprising thing that people might not know about you or know about your music?

People might not know I am such a neat freak that I write in my journals and lyric books from back to front because I don’t want the first page to be messy.

3.) How has Atlanta influenced your musical style?

Atlanta has such a rich history of being a musical melting pot. It’s Southern. but it’s also a pretty transitory city so there are traces of so many other East Coast/Midwest influences. People aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and mix up all these different flavors.

4.) What is your favorite song to play live?

I love to play the song “Shelter”. It’s a modern soul/folk song. I loved writing it with my friends Derek and Susan down at their studio in Jacksonville.

5.) What is one thing people can look forward to during your performance at Party at Ponce?

A few laughs.
A whole lot of soul.

Purchase your tickets to Party at Ponce on October 10th, 2015.