Holiday Bazaar. Those two words make my heart sing! Throw in gumbo, boudin balls, Merrytinis and Motown music and you've literally just described my heaven. This event also manages to help me support two causes I believe in: shopping local and avoiding large crowds. Some people love the hunt and the fight...not me. I'll take a charming Holiday Bazaar in the Garden District with
local booths, a cocktail in hand and The Temptations filling my ear holes ANY day over a mall! Did I mention this event is FREE!?
So obviously, you're going. We're all going. But in case you needed a little more persuading, I asked the two lovely ladies who are putting this event on a few questions. Take a look at what Tiffany Napper and Dominique Ellis are saying about it...and as far as I'm concerned, whatever they touch--I'm in.
1) What made you want to create a Holiday Bazaar for local makers? Tiffany - As a fellow maker, I have loved getting to know all of the other talented makers in this city. So when the holiday season approached last year, I had a strong urge to gather everyone together and host a curated shopping experience. To be honest, I had two goals: 1) I wanted to see everyone in the midst of the holiday chaos, and 2) I wanted to give back to my maker friends in some small way, and by hosting this event, I hoped I would be doing just that. It started in my home with only seven makers, but it was so much fun and such a success that this year we are able to host 20 makers in the beautiful Creole Gardens warehouse!
2) How were the vendors selected? What qualifications/characteristics were you looking for? Dominique - We wanted to ensure each of our vendors had exclusivity in their category. I don’t like pop-up events where there are 4+ people selling tees or candles. We decided to showcase the wide array of artists and makers here in town and I think we’ve accomplished that with this event. We’ve chosen our favorite vendors in each category and we’re excited to share them with a new group of people.Trust me, there is literally something for everyone on your list here.
3) Do you think it's tough to be a maker in New Orleans or do you think the community supports them? Dominique - I’m constantly impressed by the collaborative nature of the New Orleans entrepreneurial and artist communities. This city really adores anyone with their own point of view who is actively engaging with the community around them. Makers and artists do that in a unique way and I think they find refuge here to grow both their business and talents simultaneously.
4) What is the biggest hurdle in being a local maker? Tiffany - There are many hurdles, but I would say one of the biggest challenges is maintaining a positive sense of self on the roller coaster ride of running your own business. Makers are often creative, sensitive souls, so it can be difficult at times to put personal feelings aside when you hear a “No.” And the truth is there are going to be “Nos” along the way. Remembering why you are doing what you do and maintaining a healthy dose of confidence is a crucial part of staying on track and continuing to enjoy the ride.
5) What is the most exciting thing about being a local maker? Tiffany – I cherish the relationships that are developed with customers, boutique owners, and other makers. It’s an incredibly personal journey to make something and put it out into the world, and the connections that are made along the way give you a real sense of purpose. A close second is the creative freedom and sense of pride in creating a product that you love and that will hopefully brighten someone’s day.
6) What will the vibe be like or what are you hoping it to be? Dominique - This is not your typical holiday bazaar. It’s going to be a party! The Creole Gardens is a wonderful space and we’ll have a DJ spinning a mix of holiday and Motown tunes, “Merrytinis,” wine, beer and even gumbo and boudin balls! We’re also installing a Santa Selfie Station for all those social media mavens out there. It will be a a one-stop shopping experience filled with holiday cheer.
7) What are you most looking forward to at the Bazaar? Dominique - We’re planning to make this an annual event, so I’m excited to see it grow. We’ve had such a welcome response from the vendors and we’re excited to introduce them to a new range of customers. Also, I can’t wait to taste the Merrytinis Louisiana Sisters is making! What’s Christmas without some cocktails to make the season bright? Tiffany – This is going to sound silly, but I am looking forward to greeting all of my friends as they arrive to set up on Sunday. Even though we will be busy working, I cannot think of a better way to spend the day than in a beautiful space filled with great music and friends and people I admire.
The Holiday Bazaar will be held this Sunday, December 14th 1-6pm at The Creole Gardens Bed and Breaskfast Hotel (1415 Prytania St. New Orleans, LA 70130.) The event is FREE to the public! Come with an empty stomach, your shopping/dancing shoes and your friends!
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