Today I am thrilled to announce a special project that I’ve been working on since my trip out west this summer: ! After an inspiring month spent in Portland, Oregon, I found myself wondering why Portland didn’t have its own version of . Portland is positively teeming with talented woodworkers, metalsmiths, designers, bakers and chefs, so it seemed like the perfect city to host a recurring curated event that celebrates artisans of all types. I brought up the idea over dinner at with my friends Matt () and Greg (), and the three of us decided to team up and start one ourselves! Cut to a few weeks later, and we’d come up with a name, our mission, a list of dream vendors, a location and a date: !
To kick off the very first , we’re holding a curated holiday fair on December 10th and 11th at in Portland, Oregon. Our goal is to celebrate the high-quality handmade work being produced in Portland’s incredible creative community. In addition to offering a curated selection of vendors in a wide range of categories — clothing, accessories, home goods, books (Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis will be at the booth to sign copies of !), music, vintage wares, fine art, food and spirits — the will also offer live music performances from local bands, unique demonstrations and classes, including whiskey & gin tastings and DIY workshops on how to make holiday wreaths from Portland flora taught by our own Amy Merrick (stay tuned for class times/signups)!
To complement the excitement happening inside the , the street in front of Sandbox Studio will be closed to traffic and lined with some of Portland’s finest food trucks. We aim to provide each and every guest with not only great holiday gift options and DIY ideas but also tasty snacks and drinks.
will feature 50+ carefully chosen sellers who wonderfully represent the city’s creative community, but we are going to add a handful of vendors to the final lineup this week, so if you’re interested in joining us (food carts included), drop us a line. Want to join us for some of the best holiday shopping around? The details are below. See you next month! xo, grace
December 10th + 11th, 2011
9am–6pm both days
Located inside (420 NE 9th Avenue, Portland, OR)
More info (full vendor list, maps, etc.) at the
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Events: There will be live music performances, craft classes, demonstrations and food/drink tastings each day. Stay tuned for the full schedule and sign-ups.
Food + Drink: The street in front of the Bazaar will be shut down for food trucks and coffee carts serving delicious local treats.