Don’t miss this year’s first ever indoor Holiday Market, Saturday, December 9th, 7am‐Noon, during the last day of the outdoor 2017 Market at Pepper Place. The Holiday Market will feature 20 top artists and makers from around the state inside the Cantina party space on 29th Street, next to Red Cat Coffee.Items available for sale will include hand‐woven baskets and brooms, fine woodwork, ornaments and pottery, clocks, wrapping paper, prints and note cards, jewelry, children’s items, bitters and cocktail mixers, holiday sweet treats, plus wreaths, garlands and other greenery to bring the outdoors in.There’ll be music, hot cider and more. The Market will take a holiday break after December 9th, and resume weekly with the indoor Winter Market on January 20th.
The Holiday Market will showcase some of Alabama’s finest artists and makers. From Florence, George Jones will bring beautiful hand‐made brooms in all sizes. Betty Bain of Black Belt Treasures will be there with her hand‐woven baskets and ornaments from Selma. Both these artists were presenters at last year’s Makers Village at the Market at Pepper Place. Several other Holiday Market artists will be showing at Pepper Place for the first time: Laurens Cotton of Wild at Heart Wood will bring his fine, hand‐crafted wooden boxes; Southern Living photographer Laurey Glenn will share her Southwest inspired jewelry; folk artist Jason Burnett will show his mixed‐media constructed whimsical clocks; Michelle Leach will bring her glazed pottery and ornaments; Samantha Echols of Indie & Chic will have adorable teething rings and other items for babies; and master woodcrafter Dwight Hostetter will bring his bowls, toys and other woodwork. Trevor Mann of Walden Farms & Farmacy will offer a selection of bitters and tasty syrups for cocktail mixers. And six different printmakers and print artists from Paperworkers Local will share some of the fine work they are producing in their new studio on 7th Avenue South, a few blocks away.
The Holiday Market will invite indoors favorite artists and makers from the outdoor Market at Pepper Place, with wares and treats for decorating and gift giving. There will be wreaths, garlands, potted plants and other garden gifts from Evans Farm and from Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery. Lovely Lettering will have beautiful holiday wrapping paper and calligraphy cards and prints. Great Bear Wax will bring their latest candles in a variety of fragrances. Sweet Woodworks will bring snowman salt and pepper grinders, along with wood pens and other handcrafted items. Sally’s Knits will have colorful shawls for everyone on your list. Brian Bohanan will bring his Tree of Life and other folk art pieces and Sarah Mason will share a selection of her latest dreamy paintings. Finally Hinkel’s on Main will have holiday cookies and other sweet treats for gift‐giving and enjoying while you walk around the Market. To remember the occasion, visitors can have a keepsake tin‐type photo portrait made by Three Graces Studio. There will also baby goats just outside for petting (and selfies) courtesy of Stone Hollow Farmstead.
Outside, on 29th Street and in the big parking lot on 2nd Ave. South, over 70 farmers, food producers and makers will also be sharing their best for this last market of the season. Shoppers can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, meats and poultry, eggs and cheeses, pecans, honey and preserves, breads, pastries and sweet treats, and support local farmers in the most direct way possible. Top quality artists and makers will also be there with gifts and essentials: Zkano socks, hand‐knitted hats pottery, natural dyed clothing, soap and skin care products, candles, wooden spoons and bowls, jewelry, metalwork and art. At the Info Tent, Market fans can pick up tshirts, hats, note cards, the Know Thy Farmer market book and gift memberships to Friends of the Market, a 501(c)(3).
The Market at Pepper Place, in the heart of Lakeview, was founded in 2000. It is a certified Alabama farmers market and the largest producers’ market in the state, with over 350,000 visitors annually. The Market is year‐round and hosts over 100 tents year‐round, every Saturday, rain or shine, with Alabama farmers, food vendors, crafters and artisans, live music, cooking demonstrations and activities for the whole family. A Zyp bike station is nearby, MAX bus service is available and on street parking is free. An updated list of market vendors and more information is available at pepperplacemarket.com.