Craft Markets (and Beer) Take Some Stress Out of December Shopping

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holidayheapcatch of the day fish (2)They feature locally made goods, and they mean you don’t have to go to the mall. Craft markets are a category of holiday shopping that don’t carry the commercial connotation associated with December weekends. Over the next two weeks, three stops can help you make it through the final month of the year.

Two of the markets are in one place, but held by different organizers for a little variety. This weekend, Charm City Craft Mafia hosting Holiday Heap at St. John’s Church (2640 St. Paul St.) in Charles Village. The event has more than 50 vendors lined up, with prints, jewelry, metals, cases, bags and, yes, bots. The event runs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m on Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets were available for an early bird hour, but they’re already sold out. Charm City Flea is hosting its own market the following Saturday, with 35 vendors selling clothing, candles, soaps and more.

Proving that they know how to entice last-minute shoppers, the Mafia will also add beer to the craft market experience next week. On Dec. 17, they’re running the Last Minute Hops n’ Shops at Peabody Heights brewery. This is the brewery where Raven, Monument City, Full Tilt and Old Oriole Park beer are made, so it doubles as a chance to check out a hoppin’ scene for craft beer.


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