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Local Artisans Vie for a Slice of Holiday Spending

Heather Stewart

November 27, 2012

Holiday shoppers have a plethora of new options this year, from the City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City to the new Outlets at Traverse Mountain. But amidst these big-name retailers, local artisans are also peddling their wares, hoping to catch the attention of shoppers with quality, hand-crafted gifts.

The Downtown Holiday Market at Gallivan Center, for example, is host to dozens of local vendors each weekend. The Holiday Market runs every Friday and Saturday through December 22, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and features toys, photography, jewelry, candy, art, handmade soap, pottery and more.

The Holiday Market “is a good way to give both shoppers and artists a way to connect during the winter,” said Kim Angeli, special events director for the Downtown Alliance, which organizes the market. “The vendors offer handmade, unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. There’s really something for everyone.”

The Downtown Alliance is hoping the Holiday Market will draw foot traffic from City Creek and from those visiting Temple Square to see the holiday lights. With its late evening hours, the market should also attract people who are downtown for dinner or a show. “After dark is when you really see a lot of foot traffic in the city,” said Angeli.

The market is a good starting point for TRAX riders who can hit Gallivan Center, City Creek, Temple Square and The Gateway all in one trip. The Downtown Alliance also launched its “Jingle Bus” this year—a free shuttle service between the two malls, Gallivan Center and Temple Square. The Jingle Bus runs seven days a week, from 5 to 10 p.m., through Dec. 28.

For more information about the Holiday Market at Gallivan Center, visit

Further south in the valley, the Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market is extending its popular market at Wheeler Farm with an indoor market on the first Sunday of every month through April. In December, the event is spread over two days: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. The Wheeler Farm Holiday Market Weekend will bring together more than 50 vendors for a tremendous opportunity for shoppers to find unique gifts and support local micro-businesses.

The Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market, which operates summertime markets at Wheeler Farm, Gardner Village, South Towne Mall and The Gateway, is also launching a new Farmer’s Market Store on Dec. 8 in Murray, at 5823 S. State Street. The store will offer year-round access to locally produced wares.

For more information about the Wheeler Farm Holiday Market Weekend, visit

Another craft market will be held in Murray every Saturday in December, as well as Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Vine St. Holiday Market will be located in a historic church at 184 E. Vine Street and will include more than 25 local vendors. In addition to hand-crafted textiles, glass art, pottery and jewelry, the market will feature live music and food vendors.

For more information about the Vine St. Holiday Market, visit

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