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Hotel Sunnyvale hosts creative Pride Month celebration – The Mercury News

By Vaseline May26,2024

Bay Area drag group the Rice Rockettes will perform at the Oasis Makers Fair on June 5 at the TETRA Hotel in Sunnyvale. The pop-up market features makers and small businesses from across the Bay Area, including Milpitas, San Jose and Cupertino. The June 5 event is a celebration of Pride Month, featuring LGBTQIA-owned and operated businesses. (Thanks photo)

In an effort to showcase local artistic talent and creative diversity, Sunnyvale’s TETRA Hotel last fall launched the Oasis Makers Fair, a quarterly pop-up market for Bay Area makers and small businesses to showcase and sell their goods.

In celebration of Pride Month, the June 5 Oasis will shine a light on LGBTQIA owned and operated businesses. The more than twenty vendors include bakers, jewelers, candle makers and clothing designers. Attendees will also be treated to performances by Bay Area drag group the Rice Rockettes throughout the evening.

Alex Lane, managing director of TETRA, says the entry-free maker fair, which runs from 5pm to 8pm, offers commuters a unique alternative to rush hour crowds, while giving makers the chance to connect with new customers.

“One of our goals when we opened TETRA in 2022 was to create a destination where we could support and showcase the incredible talent in our community,” Lane added. “We started with a handful of vendors at our first Oasis and have seen it grow into this incredible walkaround event through our lobby and outdoor spaces.”

Among the LGBTQIA companies participating in the June 5 Oasis is Milpitas-based J & R Scentuals. Co-owners James and Richie Wahl started making handmade soy candles in 2021.

“We started making candles for fun and turned our passion into our business,” reads their website at https://www.jandrscentuals.com. “One of the principles of J&R Scentuals is to provide products that are environmentally friendly to reduce our ecological footprint. We use fragrance oils that are free of harmful chemicals and natural soy wax.”

The couple also donates a portion of their profits to local animal shelters and LGBTQ nonprofits.

San Jose-based Bee’s Little Shop is another eco-friendly company that launched on June 5. Owner Belem Rios learned to make plant-based skin care products from her grandmother in Michoacán, Mexico. By shopping at pop-up markets, Rios says, “You can actually get something that is handmade and organic and made with love and support someone local.”

Locals looking for some bling can check out Shikha’s BeautySutra. The Cupertino-based business owner will showcase her handmade jewelry at the TETRA event. Shikha’s pieces are probably intended for special events; customers note the store’s reasonable prices.

TETRA Hotel is located at 400 W. Java Drive in Sunnyvale. For more information and to register for the June 5 event, visit Eventbrite.com.

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