The benefits of buying locally are very evident once you make the purchase and those benefits are amplified during the holiday season. Buying from a local business means that the money goes directly to them and it helps continue their craft, their passion and their way of living. After the past year and a half of dealing with COVID-19, local entrepreneurs, artists and creatives deserve a financial lift. One of the best ways to help these folks out is by attending Buttonwoods Brewery’s Third Holiday Bazaar which is coming back after a year off due to the pandemic on November 27 at 1p.m. Happening on 530 Wellington Ave. in Cranston, the event encourages attendees to sip on some craft beers and indulge in pizza courtesy of the Broadway Dough Company while shopping for unique gifts to obtain for loved ones, family members or themselves.
The bazaar aims to ease the stress that comes with shopping during the holidays along with celebrating the talents of the brewery’s artistic friends who are regulars. There will also be a raffle taking place with the proceeds from it going to support one of the most important organizations in The Ocean State’s craft beer community.
“Each year for the Holiday Bazaar, I invite some of our talented regular patrons and friends of the brewery to set up shop in our tasting room,” says Buttonwoods Brewery’s events coordinator Jennie Paquin. “My goal is to use our venue and space to support other small businesses, especially the ones who support us throughout the year, which is why we chose to host it on Small Business Saturday.”
“Holiday shopping can be stressful, but beer helps,” she adds. “We have put together a unique collection of vendors to shop from while you can relax and enjoy a beer or two. We will also be hosting a raffle table with items donated by the vendors and special items from the breweries to benefit the Rhode Island Craft Beer Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Scholarship through Johnson and Wales University. It aims to assist women and minorities getting a start in the craft beer industry.”
Providence screen printing shop Teeth Like Swords Printing will be selling custom designed t-shirts and merchandise along with giving people the opportunity to link up with them and put their own graphic ideas into something tangible.
“Ninety-nine percent of our business is making merch for other businesses, so it is rare that we get to set up at events like this with our own merch,” co-owner Paul Dechichio mentions about the event. “We’re really looking forward to sipping on some beer and hanging out with other artists in this environment. We’re also doing a special design just for this event.”
Another vendor that’ll be present at the bazaar is Warwick’s Wantsome Horror. There will be horror and comic themed art, collectables and home decorations for anyone who likes things a little bloody and spooky.
“Wantsome Horror are the new kids on the pop-up shop block,” says owner Mike Moura. “It’s been very exciting to bring our love for nostalgia to life, my wife Vanessa and I can’t wait for people to see what we bring to the community. If you’re a forever nerd like ourselves you’ll find something that speaks to you. From horror and 80’s and 90’s cartoon fan art, collectables and comics to handmade jewellery and home decor I think you’ll walk away with something fun, and our first stop on this journey is the holiday bizarre at Buttonwoods Brewery. I don’t know a better place to have a local small business showcase, Morgan Snyder and his crew are amazing people who love to help the little guy any chance they get.”
“There’s gonna be so much to choose from,” he adds. There’s gonna be a lot of great local shops setting up. If that’s not enough, Broadway Dough Co. will be slinging great pizza. If you’re in the area and want to support all these great local businesses I urge you to swing by.”
Other vendors include Roo Dog selling handmade dog leashes, collars and accessories, Matty Lin Stained Glass selling stained glass window hangings and ornaments, Escarghost Studio selling textile felt art and prints, Seashells and Sentiments selling seashell Christmas ornaments, greeting cards and candles, Susan Synder selling watercolor art and She Sees Sea Glass selling jewelry crafted from sea glass and pottery found along Warwick’s Buttonwoods Beach. For more info on the Holiday Bazaar and the beers they’ll have available, log on to Buttonwoods Brewery’s website at buttonwoodsbrewery.com.
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