This weather is something else right? On one hand, we’re desperately in need of some rain to both avoid drought conditions and in the hopes that the ground and brush aren’t terribly dry by the fire season rolls around. 

On the other hand, these days of blue skies and sunshine sure are glorious! While they last, get out and explore and gather in Mill Valley, making time to eat, drink and shop in one or more of the fantastic commercial districts in town, from downtown and Miller Ave. to Tam Junction, Alto and Strawberry.

One of the most vibrant, multi-faceted events happening this month is the return of Makers Market‘s series of Outdoor Markets on Saturday, March 14, 10am-5pm at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller Ave. The event features more than a dozen independent and local makers and artisans who will be showcasing their wares, including jewelry, ceramics, glassware, stained glass, clothing, skin care and more.

There will also be live music throughout the event featuring Dave Chapman, a singer-songwriter who performed all over Southern California in the 1990s and 2000s before relocated to the Bay Area in 2016. Since his arrival, Chapman’s tailored performances depending on the venue and crowd and a repertoire consisting of hundreds of songs from the past six decades has drawn audiences of all ages and has him performing at venues across the Bay Area

The event also features a kids craft table from Once Around and face painting.

The Outdoor Markets offer first-time MVLY visitors the chance to check out all that the multi-faceted community gathering space and retail and foodie destination has to offer. Its spaces are nearly full, and include Stacy King’s Lulu Design JewelryLouise Dockstader’s Once Around as well as the opening of Watershed Restaurant from Ged Robertson and Kyle Swain and Mad Dogs & Englishman, an innovative, creative bicycle shop from Jennifer Blevins and Martin Watson. That array of businesses joined an ever-burgeoning roster of MVLY tenants that started with Molly de Vries’ Ambatalia and Gayle Nicoletti’s Bloomingaylesand later added Serena Armstrong’s FarmHouseUrban, Suzy Ekman’s Makers Market, Amy Lowery’s The Edit, Chelsea Hutchison’s BOL Superfood Cafe, Brit Morin’s Makeshop and Paige Mycoskie’s Aviator Nation.


Maya Bauman Design – Ceramics
Tina Fossella Pottery – Pottery
Laloirelle –  Skin Care
Jewels of the Vineyard – Bracelets
Stained Glass of Marin – Stained Glass 
Occasionalish – Homemade Gift Boxes
Heliotrope SF – Skin Care
Marin Orgonite – Organite Energy Balancing Devices​
Atelier Prelude – Clothing
NOTE: Help the environment and take advantage of the easy transit, pedestrian and bike access to the Lumber Yard, with 60 bike parking spaces onsite. If you need to drive, don’t park in front of neighbors homes as there is ample median public parking in the surrounding area.

​The 411: Makers Market, continues its slate of monthly Outdoor Markets on March 14 at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller Ave., 10am-5pm. MORE INFO.