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If you’re on the lookout for Made-In-China, mass-produced holiday gifts, there are a seemingly limitless number of big box stores dotting retail developments in virtually every city in the country. But, if you want to get a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that supports independent artists, Cleveland has you covered.
Check out these holiday shopping events that allow you to shop from hundreds of locally owned small business, artists, chefs and craftsmen—all in one location.
Little Italy Holiday Art Walk | Dec. 2-4: Cleveland’s historic Little Italy neighborhood located on the near East Side opens it’s doors for it’s annual Holiday Art Walk Dec. 2-4. Peruse the boutiques, small businesses and art galleries that line Murray Hill and Mayfield Avenue. And, afterwards, make sure to dine at one of the many family-owned Italian restaurants for which the neighborhood is famous.
Cleveland Bazaar | Dec. 3, 10-11, 17: As the region’s longest-running indie craft show, the Cleveland Bazaar knows a thing or two about providing Clevelanders the opportunity to scope hand-crafted items, homemade artisanal products and unique gifts. Its holiday event has grown from a one-day affair, to four separate events over two months. On top of that, the Cleveland Bazaar has a daily holiday retail lab where select artists get the opportunity to showcase in ever-changing pop-up locations.
Cleveland Flea | Dec. 9-11: Not only does the Cleveland Flea have a long history of introducing shoppers to thousands of indie crafters and makers, it showcases these artists within vacant, underutilized or lesser-known locations across Cleveland. The result? The Cleveland Flea breathes new life into undiscovered spaces, while incubating small, creative businesses. Check out the holiday version on Dec. 9-11 at Cleveland Masonic Auditorium.
Tremont Holiday BrewHaHa | Dec. 9-11: This weekend event showcases the best of the artsy neighborhood of Tremont with a full three days of holiday fun. It all kicks off on Friday, Dec. 9 with a special edition of the neighborhood’s monthly Walkabout Tremont, which takes participants on an artwalk through Tremont’s many art galleries, boutiques, independently owned restaurants and other small businesses. In addition, the event features an evening pop-up shopping event and party at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Third Friday at the 78th Street Studios | Dec. 16: More than 60 indie businesses ranging from galleries and artist studios to performances spaces and recording studios call this former automobile factory building home. And, on the third Friday of each month, it opens its doors to everyday customers looking to explore, try and buy the unique wares from the artists inside. Finish-up your holiday shopping during the December event on the 16th.
The Last-Minute Market at the Galleria | Dec. 17: Hand-knit hats and scarves. Handmade succulent platters. Designer polymer toys. Organic soaps. Leather handbags. No matter your tastes, the Last-Minute Market serves up a whole slew of interesting products made by crafters, inventors and artists alike. It all happens the week before Christmas and Hanukkah at the Galleria at Erieview.