I absolutely love the Sustainable Holiday Celebration. Seriously, it’s a party, with delicious food and drinks, and I can get some holiday shopping done. Shocking revelation: In spite of the name of this blog, I kind of hate shopping. I do it because I like the stuff I end up taking home. I am willing to suffer a little for the greater good. But this kind of shopping? It’s a pleasure, because I know I’m shopping responsibly, the other people there are really fun, and…did I mention food and drinks? This is more than a market, it’s a celebration of all things local, of sustainable living, and of gifts in every price range.
Please enjoy the following, a guest post from Stephen Stokes, executive director of Sustainable Midlands, and come to the celebration!
Sustainable Holiday Celebration at 701 Whaley
December 1, 2014, at 701 Whaley Street
Some of my favorite gifts are ones that you can’t get anywhere else. Those are the ones that I still have on display, that still start a conversation at a dinner party. They are handmade and they have a story begging to be told.
These gifts can’t be found at a big box store or an online shopping mall. Here in Columbia, they can be found at the Sustainable Holiday Celebration. This annual local shopping experience features local artisans who use upcycled and sustainable materials to create beautiful gifts. You can purchase unique, handmade treasures while chatting with the artist over a glass of wine.
Free local food samples from restaurants such as Oak Table, Whole Foods, Rosewood Market, Spotted Salamander Catering, and Tazza Kitchen make this the do-not-miss shopping event of the holiday season.
This Christmas give your gifts character and let them tell their story all while supporting the local economy. See you at the Sustainable Holiday Celebration Monday, December 1 from 4:30-8:30 at Historic 701 Whaley. Buy, Eat, and Experience Local this Holiday Season!
-by Stephen Stokes, Executive Director, Sustainable Midlands
Will you be there? Of course you will! Fig will be there, with my fab coworkers, editor Janet Scouten and Caroline Black, handing out free copies of the holiday issue. I’ll be there, too, shopping my heart out.
You can get a ticket at the door for $5, which will go directly to Sustainable Midlands. But if you feel like saving that $5 for shopping, leave a comment below and win a free ticket. (We’ll leave your name at the door if you win.) I have three pairs (one for you, one for a friend) to give away! Ready, set, go!