By Kate Devine
An eclectic new roster of talented vendors will be popping up in Convention Hall again for the third weekend of the Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar!
This weekend you'll find original art, hand knit goods (that keep on giving,) eco-friendly beauty products, gorgeous handmade jewelry, and more. There's something unique and thoughtful for every loved one on your shopping list. Skip the mall and visit the Holiday Bazaar in Convention Hall, support our creative community, enjoy live music, an incredible tree, and shop from amazing makers and artists for gifts that will keep your loved ones talking all year long!
Be sure to read our recent #MeetTheMakerAP posts to get to know vendors, and find more gifting inspiration.
Each of these vendors will be in Convention Hall this Saturday or Sunday. See our complete schedule of vendors here.
Sea Black Prints
Offering hand carved block prints and mixed medium images, artist Chris Blackway designs, cuts, and print each piece, creating striking and evocative images. Sea Black Prints are inspired by the sea, traditional tattoos, and nature. Have a friend who's decorating a new place? Or an art lover, tattoo enthusiast, on your gift list? Sea Black Prints are a perfect fit.
Wood Box Soap
Shop owners Kris Whittles and Camille Miele specialize in handcrafted bath and body products- including goat milk soap, body butter, lotion, lip balm, bath bombs, body scrub, and coffee scrub. Their products are inspired by laid-back shore life, and many of their products are named after local beach towns. Wood Box Soap's products make for lovely, small batch, and eco-friendly stocking stuffers and gifts.
Crochet It Forward
Nicole Dallara's shop is inspired by karma, and for every item purchased, one is made for someone in need- either a child at St. Jude’s Children Hospital or for a person at a shelter. Crochet it Forward allows costumers to buy handmade pieces, support a small business, all while helping others and raising awareness about different issues. Crochet ear warmers and scarves from Crochet it Forward make a beautiful gift in more ways than one.
The Lucky HoneyBee
The Lucky HoneyBee features a line of eco-friendly and handcrafted soy beeswax blend candles, bath & body goods, and incense. Candles are hand poured in small batches in Jersey City. Vessels range from recycled glass apothecary jars, a stylish collection of tin containers that are easily recycled, and specialty vintage glassware. TLH uses domestically grown wax sourced locally from New York State. These candles are sure to cozy-up any home or office.
Sometimes the most heartfelt gift is found in a written message, lettered by hand inside a card. You write the words, and Wanderlove Press will provide the beautiful greeting card to carry them. Artist Kelli Arruzzo Jost will also have art prints and hand-lettered wood signs at the bazaar. Her designs infuse a love of whimsical art, watercolor, and modern calligraphy.
The C Glass Studio
Artist Cheryl Syminink creates glass items from hand including platters, bowls, mosaics, beads, and jewelry, all made in her studio in Manahawkin. An avid outdoorswoman and surfer, most of Cheryl's art is nature and sea inspired. The variety of pieces offered by The C Glass Studio makes it a must-visit shop on your search for the perfect gift. These winter themed ornaments make for adorable gifts for a holiday party hostess.
Stone Cooper aims to create distinctive, quality pieces that tell a story and provide meaning to their wearers. Founder, designer and silversmith Kat Sliclen makes every piece of jewelry by hand, with techniques such as casting, beading, crochetting, stone-setting, wire-working and silversmithing, all with semi-precious stones and reclaimed vintage components. Kat will offer antique charm and chain lariat necklaces, stone-pendant layering necklaces, and stamped brass mantra cuffs. For those on your gift list who are interested in the metaphysical properties of the crystals and stones, look for beaded stone bracelets and stacks. Kat pairs various healing crystals together that help people overcome difficulty or bring them a little extra luck.
New Jersey based photographer Anthony Demario captures local sunsets, sunrises and landscapes. Those of us lucky to call coastal New Jersey home know the breathtaking beauty nature treats us to daily, and the variety that comes with every season. The gift of an original photograph will bring a smile of recognition to any local's face, and brighten up any space.