A holiday pop-up market put local work in the spotlight in Vernon Sunday, Dec. 16. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Vernon holiday pop-up highlights local work

Seven local artisans were on hand for a holiday pop up market Sunday

Shopping local is all about shifting the focus to customer and creator relationships.

That’s the message left behind from a one day only holiday pop-up market that took over Ritual Barbershop in downtown Vernon Sunday, Dec. 16.

The market, which ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., played host to seven artisans from Coldstream to Armstrong and featured everything from beard oil to jewelry.

“I think it’s really important to support local because we have a lot of really creative individuals in our community and it can be challenging to compete with the economy when we’re really used to buying things for a lower price and don’t always consider the quality of things or the relationships behind products,” said Jackie Harris, owner of Furhouse hand poke tattoo and market co-organizer.

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“All of the vendors who are here are really passionate about their relationships with their clients and the products they make and knowing where their materials come from. There’s passion behind everything that’s made here. We’re really excited to be here and connect with the community.”

Delegates were on hand from Armstrong’s Okanagan Honey Company; Grain Handmade, an Armstrong company that specializes in handmade linens and bags; art and textiles by Furhouse; handcrafted gemstone jewelry from WanderLove Jewelry; leather goods by Black Spruce Leather and fine woodwork and soaps by KittyBoda.

“People are coming to hang out and make conversation,” Harris said. “The environment here is a lot more personal than a larger market and that’s what we were going for.”


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