Recap: Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar 2019

Three for three! The 7th edition of Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar was our first as a mini-series, and we had a blast the first three Sundays in December at 501 Union. The lineup was spectacular, and so was the turnout. Seeing our local community come by to discover new makers and support local businesses is what is all about!

This was a special edition for many reasons — one of them quite bittersweet. After seven years, this was our last Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar at 501 Union. It’s a classic Brooklyn story: soaring rents make it hard for small businesses to continue having a physical presence in the city. The Bazaar has always been a community event, focused on small independent makers and creating a great family experience. We hope to continue bringing communities together in the future, and take the end of this chapter as an opportunity to start a new one in the Hudson Valley, where I recently moved.

But before we talk about new adventures, let’s look back on December 1st, 8th & 15th 2019! We had a great time posing with at the photo booth with Brookly Dance Lessons, crafting away with Bead on Bond and Gymboree — not to mention sampling all those awesome drinks and eating way too many tacos! While the weather didn’t exactly cooperate the first Sunday (wind, sleet, snow, you name it, we had it all!), the rest of the dates were perfect December Sundays. Check out some snapshots from our series at 501 Union — big thanks to Scott Salembier for the lovely photos!

Shopping local has a big, direct impact and helps shape the community we love and live in. It’s so rewarding to see so many Brooklynites come out and support our makers every year, and have a good time while they find meaningful gifts. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar has always been a true work of love, with months of effort and planning behind to make it all happen every year. It’s also a project with many awesome people involved, and we want to thank them here:

  • Biggest thank you to our makers, the stars of the show, for their inspiring work and their support. Some of them were participating for the fourth or fifth time, some we were excited to showcase for the first time. Same goes for our awesome food & drinks vendors, for bringing their delicious flavors to the event!
  • Thank you to Brooklyn Dance Lessons for getting us dancing and posing all three Sundays at the photo booth!
  • Thank you to our partner Bead on Bond for crafting away with the kids! We were so thrilled to have this neighborhood gem join the show. Thank you also to Gymboree Park Slope for joining the fun again at the craft zone.
  • Thank you to our partner Green Mountain Energy for literally helping us breathe easier — all the people who signed up for renewable energy at the event equal a carbon offset equivalent to planting a whopping 9800 trees.
  • Thank you to my day-of rockstar coordinator Sue for her fantastic work keeping things running smoothly, and to my team at Condensed for bringing together the awesome design & marketing behind the event every year. I kind of want to frame all our posters.
  • Thank you to News12 for coming to see us, we made the news again!
  • Big thanks to the team at 501 Union — great partners over the years. If you know anybody planning a wedding, send them their way.
  • And finally, thank you to everyone who came and did some major shopping!
Exhausted but happy one last time at 501 Union, Dec 15th 2019

Thank you Brooklyn, it’s been a pleasure!

Cheers to new adventures,


A platform & event series showcasing talented local makers. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar series coming December 2019 -