Our Mission

Aims to Amplify the Voices of Women and Support their Passions.
 
Is Dedicated to Creating Opportunities for Women to Access Education.
 
Believes in Community, both in-person and online.
 
Offers Meaningful Networking and Promotional Opportunities for your Business.
 
Provides a Place to Connect with other like-minded business Women.

Our Mission

Aims to Amplify the Voices of Women and Support their Passions.

Is Dedicated to Creating Opportunities for Women to Access Education.

Believes in Community, both in-person and online.

Offers Meaningful Networking and Promotional Opportunities for your Business. 

Provides a Place to Connect with other like-minded business Women.

 

 

MEET THE FOUNDER

PURPOSE DEFINED BY PASSION

It began with one defining thought.

Then that thought grew into an idea…

What if a community was created where women entrepreneurs could come together to support one another?

Where compassion replaced competition?

Where creative women could showcase and promote their art and ideas within a nurturing, empowering, and inspiring environment?

Where everyone felt welcome?

Aesha Shapiro’s seed of an idea soon grew into the Ladies Artisan Market (LAM). What began as a humble backyard pop-up, showcasing 14 vendors, is now a thriving community of over 1,200 local Hawaii Island business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and entertainers.

In March, 2020, LAM celebrated their two-year anniversary and International Women’s Day with their first inaugural LAM Networking Women’s Conference. The conference, held at the Fairmont Orchid, was a huge success - featuring lively speakers, local vendors, and fantastic networking opportunities. The theme of “Flourish, Amplify & Shine” proved more than fitting.

LAM creates opportunities for education and networking through live and online marketplaces, custom events, networking, workshops/training, coffee dates, and more.

LAM continues to adapt to the needs of its ever-growing community. LAM University provides workshops and trainings in business growth and development led by women who are experts in their fields.

MEET THE FOUNDER

PURPOSE DEFINED BY PASSION

It began with one defining thought.

Then that thought grew into an idea…

What if a community was created where women entrepreneurs could come together to support one another?

Where compassion replaced competition?

Where creative women could showcase and promote their art and ideas within a nurturing, empowering, and inspiring environment?

Where everyone felt welcome?

Aesha Shapiro’s seed of an idea soon grew into the Ladies Artisan Market (LAM). What began as a humble backyard pop-up, showcasing 14 vendors, is now a thriving community of over 1,200 local Hawaii Island business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and entertainers.

In March, 2020, LAM celebrated their two-year anniversary and International Women’s Day with their first inaugural LAM Networking Women’s Conference. The conference, held at the Fairmont Orchid, was a huge success - featuring lively speakers, local vendors, and fantastic networking opportunities. The theme of “Flourish, Amplify & Shine” proved more than fitting.

LAM creates opportunities for education and networking through live and online marketplaces, custom events, networking, workshops/training, coffee dates, and more.

LAM continues to adapt to the needs of its ever-growing community. LAM University provides workshops and trainings in business growth and development led by women who are experts in their fields.

How LAM Started

 

"I believe in collaboration over competition."

- Aesha Shapiro

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"By amplifying the voices of women and supporting their passions through LAM, Aesha has been breaking barriers and carving out new spaces for women to discover their potential."

“Women have a tendency to get a bad rap for judging ourselves and other women harshly. You provide a safe environment for support and encouragement that breaks those stereotypes, allowing women to thrive, connect and trust other women and ourselves. This is a place where extreme self-care is accepted - different modalities of healing and support that are different from the norm, organic and original selves are welcome here. Thank you, Aesha - for this forum and support.”

- Kelly Mankin

Owner of Ake Ake Detailing

A Mother Inspired By Her Son

Aesha’s personal and professional values mirror those of all she creates. She is no stranger to risk-taking, resilience, and the pursuit of growth and learning - a few of LAM’s core values. 

As a single mother of a son diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Aesha is an ardent advocate. She has orchestrated successful events and fundraisers to support and benefit those affected by Prader-Willi Syndrome as well as for the MS Society. Aesha sees challenges as opportunities. She believes that awareness and education foster compassion. Through compassion, we can better learn how to support each other.

Aesha’s son, Arrow, inspires her daily and reminds her of what matters most. Her authenticity demands that she remain honest in the fact that motherhood is challenging and that running a business while also being a mother is even harder. Communities like LAM are boosted by Aesha’s willingness to be vulnerable and thus encourage others to share their challenges in a supportive environment.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner (H.H.P.) with over two-thousand hours of training, Aesha brings a wealth of knowledge to fostering a nurturing community centered on the philosophy that by educating how to better care for our whole selves, we can in turn better care for others.

ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENTS

“I want to blow people’s minds.”

That is the intention Aesha sets before summoning her boundless creative and event-planning skills into her full-service event business, Aesha Rose Event and Design.

A passion for travel sparked Aesha’s eye for artistic and unique designs. Her vivid experiences while immersed in other cultures continue to infuse her designs will stunning, unexpected, artistic elements. Aesha is also inspired by nature and seeks ways to bring the outside in and the inside out when envisioning her event designs. She promotes and utilizes locally sourced goods and sustainable materials as a way to further support the community as well as the beautiful and diverse environment of the Big Island.

Her impulse to go above and beyond for her clients allows her to not only dream up extraordinary designs and bring them into existence, but also coordinate and oversee every detail.

As Co-Founder of the Best of Kona Festival, Aesha has a vast knowledge and familiarity with local venues and vendors provides a sense of ease and confidence when finding the perfect setting and collaborating with local resources to provide a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Meet The Team

 

Ally Brown

Managing Director/CFO

A numbers girl with a creative soul, Ally is passionate about serving her Big Island community and inspiring women to chase down their dreams. An entrepreneur, wife, mom, and community organizer, Ally is adept at wearing ‘many hats’ with grace. She is the founder of Revitalized Life with Ally B, a unique consulting agency which offers accounting and event planning services. Ally is the Managing Director & CFO of the Ladies Artisan Market and is also the Executive Director of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Program. 

Ally has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting & has over 17 years of experience in both public accounting & both sides of private accounting. Ally has experience in a wide range of industries, systems and all aspects of accounting including working with small business, to income taxes & audits. Ally also has 5+ years of experience in planning events and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the growth of the Ladies Artisan Market & the Ladies Artisan Market Networking Group for Women!

Shanel Miller

Project Engineer

Shanel was born and raised on Oahu and moved to the Big Island in 2015. Shanel recently joined the LAM Leadership team (officially) in 2020, but has worked with Aesha on various projects since 2016. 

Shanel attended Cal State University, Long Beach, studying Consumer Economics and developed her passion for philanthropy and events while serving on the Events Committee as a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, specializing in Event Promotions and Marketing. Her experience includes Event Coordinator for the City & County of Honolulu, Advertising Agency Account Management, Radio Sales and Advertising, Public Relations, Promotions and Marketing, Project Management, Strategic Planning and Sales. 

Shanel currently works in the wine distribution industry and when not tasting wine or working on LAM projects, Shanel enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 young children going on adventures, traveling, cooking and drinking wine!

Heidi Rype

Support Staff

Heidi grew up in Norway, splitting her time between a farm and a small apartment. After graduating in 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, she worked in high-end Interior Design before moving to the Big Island of Hawaii, where she pursued her degree in Addictive Behavior Counseling.

After working several years at a drug rehabilitation facility conducting initial assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy, Heidi decided to pursue her passion as a PMA (Professional Makeup Artist) and started her own business, Heidi’s Beauty Paradise in 2017.

Heidi proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2021, and continues to work as a Professional Makeup Artist and Interior Designer. Heidi enjoys spending her time outdoors and having decided to make Hawaii her home, she loves that she can remain connected to nature while growing her businesses. Joining the LAM team in 2018, Heidi has experienced first-hand the power of community and support from the LAM family and is excited to help others while continuing to grow professionally and personally as part of the LAM Community.

Joey Marshall

Graphics Support

Joey Ann Marshall, graphic designer and obsessive puzzle-solver, has spent over 20 years in the design industry, gaining a broad spectrum of skills, but never afraid to learn something new. At the heart of it all, lies a simple love of solving problems, helping others and a firm belief that good design and practicality go hand in hand. Her focus is print and digital collateral design, with a sprinkle of logo and website design. She's enjoyed working and building long-term relationships with both local arts nonprofits and solopreneurs in a variety of arenas.

In her downtime, she enjoys quiet moments learning new things, spending time outdoors hiking or swimming, and the rare moment with her elusive teens.

Ally Brown

Managing Director/CFO

A numbers girl with a creative soul, Ally is passionate about serving her Big Island community and inspiring women to chase down their dreams. An entrepreneur, wife, mom, and community organizer, Ally is adept at wearing ‘many hats’ with grace. She is the founder of Revitalized Life with Ally B, a unique consulting agency which offers accounting and event planning services. Ally is the Assistant Director of the Ladies Artisan Market and is also the Executive Director of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Program. 

Ally has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting & has over 18 years of experience in both public accounting & both sides of private accounting. Ally has experience in a wide range of industries, systems and all aspects of accounting including working with small business, to income taxes & audits. Ally also has 5+ years of experience in planning events and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the growth of the Ladies Artisan Market & the Ladies Artisan Market Networking Group for Women!

Shanel Miller

Project Engineer

Shanel was born and raised on Oahu and moved to the Big Island in 2015. Shanel recently joined the LAM Leadership team (officially) in 2020, but has worked with Aesha on various projects since 2016. 

Shanel attended Cal State University, Long Beach, studying Consumer Economics and developed her passion for philanthropy and events while serving on the Events Committee as a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, specializing in Event Promotions and Marketing. Her experience includes Event Coordinator for the City & County of Honolulu, Advertising Agency Account Management, Radio Sales and Advertising, Public Relations, Promotions and Marketing, Project Management, Strategic Planning and Sales. 

Shanel currently works in the wine distribution industry and when not tasting wine or working on LAM projects, Shanel enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 young children going on adventures, traveling, cooking and drinking wine!

Heidi Rype

Support Staff

Heidi grew up in Norway, splitting her time between a farm and a small apartment. After graduating in 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, she worked in high-end Interior Design before moving to the Big Island of Hawaii, where she pursued her degree in Addictive Behavior Counseling.

After working several years at a drug rehabilitation facility conducting initial assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy, Heidi decided to pursue her passion as a PMA (Professional Makeup Artist) and started her own business, Heidi’s Beauty Paradise in 2017.

Heidi proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2021, and continues to work as a Professional Makeup Artist and Interior Designer. Heidi enjoys spending her time outdoors and having decided to make Hawaii her home, she loves that she can remain connected to nature while growing her businesses. Joining the LAM team in 2018, Heidi has experienced first-hand the power of community and support from the LAM family and is excited to help others while continuing to grow professionally and personally as part of the LAM Community.

Joey Marshall

Graphics Support

Joey Ann Marshall, graphic designer and obsessive puzzle-solver, has spent over 20 years in the design industry, gaining a broad spectrum of skills, but never afraid to learn something new. At the heart of it all, lies a simple love of solving problems, helping others and a firm belief that good design and practicality go hand in hand. Her focus is print and digital collateral design, with a sprinkle of logo and website design. She's enjoyed working and building long-term relationships with both local arts nonprofits and solopreneurs in a variety of arenas.

In her downtime, she enjoys quiet moments learning new things, spending time outdoors hiking or swimming, and the rare moment with her elusive teens.

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