Holiday markets are everywhere in Niagara-on-the-Lake at this time of year and the Pumphouse is providing a unique experience for Christmas shoppers this season.
Lining up perfectly with the Rotary Club’s Holiday House Tour last weekend, the Pumphouse’s Holiday Market opened Friday to give tourists and NOTLers alike an opportunity to shop for a variety of handmade goods.
Susan Holly, visual merchandising lead and a Pumphouse member for 15 years, put together the arts centre’s first-ever Holiday Market with a special shopping experience in mind.
“It’s a market that shows the product you can buy, without the artist actually having to be here,” said Holly.
Each of the 25 artisans was carefully curated to ensure the best selection possible, she said.
“They have been invited rather than entering.”
The care and attention given to the products on display were reflected in the customers’ reactions.
Kathy Stevens and Maryanne Nasca travelled from across the border to take part in some “Canadian craft shows” and were pleased with every item for sale.
“It’s so cute,” said Stevens gesturing to a glass ornament. “And the location is beautiful,” added Nasca.
NOTLer Helen Young was enjoying her first-ever visit to the Pumphouse after moving to town in March.
“I’m thrilled and I think all the items are absolutely wonderful.”
Young purchased a wooden sign boasting the phrase “Old Town Christmas,” as a loving homage to her new neighbourhood.
“I think I will continue to come (to the Pumphouse),” Young said.
The Pumphouse Holiday Market continues until Sunday, Dec. 11, during regular Pumphouse hours.
Susan Holly insists that after the overwhelming success of this year, the Holiday market will be making a return.
“It was our first-ever market and I have a feeling it won’t be the last.”