Boston: Shop Local- Shop Handmade

Nov 2011

The day after Thanksgiving-or Black Friday as I hate to hear it called-is a big tradition for my sisters and I.  The start of Holiday shopping, visiting our favorite small retailers and supporting the cause of local businesses.  I feel like this support gives a boost to the local Boston economy and keeps traditional techniques, creativity and unique community character alive. Jump into the movement; you will be rewarded with the immense pleasure and satisfaction of knowing that your dollars are working to insure neighborhoods stay healthy and diverse.

In addition, Boston comes alive with Handmade shows on the weekend of December 10th and 11th.  Here are a few of the one’s I’m looking forward to:

Eat Boutique’s Local Market {photos by Heidi Murphy}


Eat Boutique Local Market {photo by Heidi Murphy}
  • Eat Boutique Local Market-Held in Made In Fort Point Gallery at 12 Farnsworth St.  Organizer Maggie Batista has put together an amazing array of vendors producing pure, local, comforting handmade foods plus an impressive list of cookbook authors. She promises you’ll find  “food that hugs you back”.


  •  The Sowa Holiday Market held at the Cathedral School in Boston’s South End. From the fashionably chic to the cutting edge, these 80 creatives will display exceptional indie goodies.
  • Craft Boston Holiday Show-held this year in Boston’s Cyclorama building, Craft Boston brings together a group of talented , gallery quality artists and craftspeople from around New England.

Do you have a favorite shopping ritual for the day after Thanksgiving?  And what about favorite shows in your area? I’d love to hear your list.