I know that people go crazy about Black Friday. This year rather than head out to Target or Old Navy at 3am, though, I thought I would give you some ideas on how to Buy Local and Green on Black Friday (and throughout the Holiday Season)
Baltimore neighborhoods are filled with amazing local shops selling everything you need for the holidays. Spend and afternoon or evening with friends strolling the streets of Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, Mount Vernon, Hampden, Lauraville/Hamilton, Mt Washington and more. Take in the decorations, stop for a snack at a local cafe or restaurant and just enjoy the diversity of shopping options that Baltimore’s neighborhoods provides.
Farmer’s Market Gifts: One of my favorite holiday gifts –especially for friends and family out of town-are gift baskets that I make from all of the amazing things you can find at Saturday’s 32rd Street Market or the Sunday Market under the JFX. Baskets and bags filled with Zeke’s coffee, Nick’s Back Fire spices, honey and syrup and jewelry and hand knit hats and gloves and more! A great way to finish off any of these Baltimore gift bags is with a bottle of Black Ankle Wine. Shop early-because last year they sold out! Another great way to use the market for your holiday shopping is to buy fresh veggies, milk, herbs and more and make your local friends and family a special homemade meal or dessert that they can enjoy at home!
BAZAART: Check out the the American Visionary Art Museum’s BAZAART this Saturday November 27th from 10am-5pm. This holiday marketplace of local artists and craftspeople will NOT disappoint. Entry in free on Saturday. You can also check out the early bird preview tonight for $20.
Holiday Heap: On Saturday, December 4th from 10am-5pm head over to 2640 St Paul Street for Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap. Local Crafters will be on hand selling their cool, quirky wares. This is a great spot for holiday shopping, coffee drinking and chit chatting with friends.
Women’s Industrial Exchange: Since 1880 (yes…1880) the Women’s Industrial Exchange located at 333 North Charles Street has been a haven for local craft artists, many who are women, to consign their crafts and handmade goods. Filled with amazing treats, my favorite are the sock monkeys! I know a little one year old that will be getting one this year!
Baltimore’s Buy Local Directory: Need a set of wine glasses, or a pair of handmade earrings or Baltimore made holiday cards-check out the Buy Local Directory to find businesses that will have what you need!
There are loads and loads of other ways to shop local and green this year. Leave a comment to help our reader find the best local, green deals! Happy Shopping!