Mistletoe Market features trinkets, treasures: Holiday shopping event set for Dec. 7
As part of ongoing efforts to get shoppers to visit downtown, Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. will host a “Mistletoe Market” on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Stormy’s Music Venue, 208 Front St.
Tekla Wlodarczyk Nunez is in charge of the DBDI Merchandising Committee, working to raise funds for downtown projects and revitalization efforts. A donation of $5 is being requested for admission and shoppers may choose gifts handcrafted by local artists, participate in drawings and raffles, enjoy complimentary snacks and more. Kyle and Lindsay Storm will be concocting a special punch for the event (with or without alcohol), along with other drink specials. Music will be played to help capture the holiday spirit.
Local vendors are currently being sought.
“We’re mostly seeking vendors who are making things by hand that are holiday or gift-giving related,” Nunez said. “We’re sort of looking for people who have never shown before — trying to discover talents never before seen by the local public. If we’ve got closet crafters and closet artisans who have never come out before, we’d encourage that.”
An artist who created beautiful wreaths is one such example.
“She was selling her wreaths on Facebook and had never displayed her things in public before,” Nunez said. “When I saw them, I was completely impressed and said, ‘Yeah, come on down.’”
The cost to participate is $30 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space or $40 for a table and chairs. Electricity is available. Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, call 608-772-8102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nunez is especially excited about commemorative mural festival ornaments which will be available that night. They sell for $20 each (plus $2 each for delivery in the city). Shipping may be arranged at $5 each or $7 for two — to the same location. They are stamped gold-tone frames with an enameled recreation of the glider pilots mural in the center. They will be dated on the back, enhancing their collectability and historic value.
New Walldogs Mural Festival merchandise will also be featured, including travertine coasters with Dodge County Fair designs, a “Glider Pilots of D-Day” commemorative ornament (the first in a series), and the ever-popular mugs, paintbrush pens, tool caddies, “Fred the Beavercorn” children’s books and cloth shopping bags.
Rainbow viewing glasses, to take full advantage of this year’s “Light Up the Holidays” theme, will feature the DBDI logo and a pair of dancing beavers. They will be available for $3 each or two for $5.
Numbers are limited and once an edition (250 or 500, depending on demand) has sold out no more will be issued.
“They will come in by Nov. 25,” Nunez said. “We’re taking pre-orders on the DBDI website (bddowntown.com), we’ll be putting order forms all around downtown, and then they will be for sale in person at the holiday parade after party, at the Mistletoe Market and at downtown retail outlets including American National Bank, McKinstry’s Home Furnishings, Beaver Dam Antique Mall and other places yet to be determined.”
Vendors are not the only offerings on hand.
“We’re seeking people to do things like chair massages, nail painting and other pampering opportunities,” Nunez said.
Although it may not be arranged in time for this year, Nunez is hopeful that other downtown businesses will extend their hours for the night of the market.
“It’s very successful in other communities and it would be a great opportunity to buy locally and support our downtown businesses,” she said. “It’s all part of DBDI’s mission to recapture the vitality of downtown’s past, and to assure the success of the people who invest so much into the heart of our city.”
She added, “This year is putting our toes in the water. We hope to be bigger and better next year. I want to make it a popular annual event. There will be some raffles, some prizes and perhaps some food items for sale as well.”
The goal is to create a festive, enjoyable event in the downtown area, and to raise funds for the DBDI mission.
“We encourage people to come, to relax, get pampered and have fun,” Nunez said. “It will be a great opportunity to view the holiday windows, to share in the downtown holiday spirit and to find some terrific gifts. We guarantee to have something for almost every person on your gift list — no matter how hard they are to buy for.”