Shop With Your Heart, and Enjoy a Great Night Out

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.

Sustainable Holiday Celebration

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.

Sustainable Holiday Celebration

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.

Sustainable Holiday Celebration

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.

Sustainable Holiday Celebration

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!

Sustainable Holiday Celebration

-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.

Sustainable Holiday Celebration!

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!

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14 comments on “Shop With Your Heart, and Enjoy a Great Night Out
  1. Salley Rickenbacker says:

    Love the Sustainable Holiday Celebration! I’ve been the last 2 years and can’t wait to go again this year.

  2. julie says:

    It will be my first time tonight! Looking forward to visiting the many talents of SC.

  3. Ellen Roberts says:

    I love that we have this kind of event in Columbia bringing community together and shopping local

  4. Colleen Bozard says:

    Sounds wonderful

  5. Sher Baechtold says:

    Planning to go – missed it last year! Can always use more shopping (or drinking) $$

  6. Dorothea Butts says:

    cant wait to shop local and support local entrepreneurship

  7. Kerry McIver says:

    Can’t wait to shop local and support the artists who share their craft

  8. Lisa says:

    Columbia is a great place to be! We Love all the support for local businesses. We are thrilled about seeing all the wonderful creations the artists in our city have to offer.

  9. Small Business Saturday > Black Friday. I can’t wait to check out this event tonight!

  10. Whitney Evans says:

    we’ve never been before but are excited to go this year! $10 less on tickets is $10 more for local artists 🙂

  11. Michelle Richards says:

    I’ve never been before and would love to go! Sounds like a great night!

  12. Cecile Kelly says:

    What could be better than buying lovely items, made by lovely people and making new friends while you shop?Be there!

  13. Kade coggins says:

    I have never had the pleasure of attending this event but would love to go! What a great way to kick off the holiday season!

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Local arbiter of all that is fresh, fashionable and flavorful in Columbia, the Shop Tart has been blogging about shopping, eating and having a great time since 2008.

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