Shop local, shop safe with these virtual holiday markets

2020 is arguably the most important year to step up for local businesses. 

For many Memphians, hitting up the various holiday markets in November and December is a beloved tradition and an easy way to support local entrepreneurs and the local economy. Sales success in the holiday season can make or break a local business, makers, and other creative entrepreneurs who are banking on holiday shopping.

But how can Memphians shop safely this year? Check out these virtual and outdoor holiday markets featuring local small businesses and makers. 

Know of a virtual or outdoor event we've missed? Email [email protected] and we'll update the list! 

BOXLOT Holiday Market
Friday, December 4; 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (virtual)
Saturday, December 5; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (in-person)

BOXLOT's seven small businesses will welcome shoppers virtually on Friday and in-person patrons on Saturday. The vendors are: Kickspins Memphis, Mo's Bows, Rock Ya Sox, Simone & Co. Candles, Get Wrapped, Elle's Elixirs, and Pop-A-Roos. The virtual event will include a photo op with a virtual holiday backdrop. Head here to shop now virtually. Head to 607 Monroe Avenue for in-person shopping. BOXLOT is also hosting a holiday drive-in movie series. More info here

Pink Palace Virtual Crafts Fair 
Now through December 12 at 11:00 p.m.

Pink Palace has taken its annual winter crafts fair online this year. Shoppers can browse nearly 60 makers and artisans across these categories: wood works, photography, paintings, mixed media, metals, leather, jewelry, graphics and printmaking, glass, fiber, and ceramics. There's also an "other" category that includes bath and body products. Head here to shop now

Homegrown Holiday Market 
Saturday, December 12; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Memphis Farmers Market's annual outdoor holiday market can be found at 566 S Front Street behind Amtrak's Central Station. Shoppers will find the typical foods of the standard market, but the holiday market also features more local makers and artists than a typical week. 

Virtual Black Christmas Expo 
Friday, December 11; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13; 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. 

The Black Christmas Expo will feature over 100 Black-owned businesses, around half of which are local to the Memphis area. For $10, shoppers can get early VIP access on December 11. General admission on December 12 and 13 are free. Register here for VIP or general admission

Arrow Creative Holiday Bazaar
Now through December 25 
Virtual & in-person 

Arrow Creative is keeping a longstanding tradition alive—the Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar. Shoppers can buy in person at 2535 Broad Avenue on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Private shopping is available for added safety. Items can also be found virtually at their online shop through December 25. 

Comedy Junt's Kid & Teen Entrepreneur Holiday Pop Up
Saturday, December 6; 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In-person; 4330 American Way 

This one's not virtual but we have a soft spot for kids so it makes the list. Masks and social distancing will be require. Twelve vendors ages nine to 18 will offer custom jewelry and clothes, handmade face masks, beauty products, wood works, sweet treats, candles, and coffee. Admission is $10. Find more information here
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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017.