Tis the season to shop, which I have never considered a great pleasure. MOA is my idea of torture, and I’m a conscientious objector to Walmart.
I do like giving gifts, and not everyone needs another loaf of cranberry bread. Luckily, local options abound. Black Dog Cafe hosts a local craft sale for artists and near-artists today (November 29). Ginkgo Coffeehouse has a similar event on December 13. Ten Thousand Villages offers fair-traded gifts from around the world, with Mennonite values supporting local artisans and benefit nights supporting Minnesota non-profits.
Koko lives at Turck’s Trees.
Turck’s Trees, my brother and sister-in-law’s tree farm offers a gift shop in addition to trees, wreaths, hayrides and reindeer. Steve and Joan have been raising trees on the family farm for decades, and the shop features lots of locally-made consignment crafts.
These are three of my personal favorites, but there are many more, including the No-Coast Craft-O-Rama at Midtown Global Market next weekend, December 5-6. Do you have a favorite locally-owned craft sale, store, festival or holiday event? Send us a calendar listing, a letter with a story about your holiday favorite (firstname.lastname@example.org), or just add a comment below with the location and date of an event or shop that you recommend.