Holiday Bazaar features art, foodWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
The third annual Holiday Bazaar on St. Clair Street will feature seasonal eats, art, gifts and more during the first weekend of December.
More than fifty vendors are participating this year at seven St. Clair Street locations: Sur St. Clair Gallery, The Art Supply Depo, Ahava Spa & Wellness Center,
Downtown Latte, Fine Things Bistro, Swank Gifts and Shared Lives
Studio. Each venue is in charge of bringing artists to their shops, said Jules Webster, owner of The Art Supply Depo.
Even though The Art Supply Depo is one of the newest stores in the area, Webster largely coordinated the Holiday Bazaar because she wanted to make sure it happened.
“I think it’s a great way to enable local artists and small businesses to bring their unique handcrafted products to the market place and it’s an opportunity to share the talent of our local artisans with the city,” she said. The Art Supply Depo has 10 artists/vendors participating.
Webster said she expects the Holiday Bazaar to be well-attended. At least 400 people typically attend weekend events at The Art Supply Depo, she said, adding that the venue Sur St. Clair Gallery has more than doubled the number of vendors it had last year.
Several exciting artists are showcasing their work, Webster said. She is looking forward to Phoebe Starr, handcrafted-metal jewelry artist, Maria Aloyce, a Tanzanian artist and Bethany Helzer, designer of photo-jewelry. Helzer makes her work by taking pictures of nature, laminating them on a metal plate and enclosing them in a lacquer bubble.
“Vino and light edibles” will be served at Webster’s store and other locations. Hungry visitors can also go to Fine Things Bistro for artisan bread or Downtown Latte for holiday drinks like Candy Cane Mocha, Egg Nog, Gingerbread and Hot Chocolate.
Webster emphasized that the Holiday Bazaar is a way to support the community. “It’s a great opportunity to encourage people to buy locally made products for the holidays,” she said.
Owner of Sur St. Clair, Michelle Albright-Peters agreed. “When Sur St. Clair created the Holiday Bazaar three years ago, our intent was for customers to buy affordable, unique and great items from local artists. Every year, we’re amazed at what creativity our vendors bring to the event that allow Toledoans to give some of the most remarkable gifts around,” she said.
The Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 2 at 6-10 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11-3 p.m on St. Clair Street in Downtown.