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December 15, 2011: Holiday Shopping, Hintonburg Style. Volunteers’ Efforts Rewarded With More Shoppers.

Holiday Shopping, Hintonburg Style.
Volunteers’ Efforts Rewarded With More Shoppers.

By Sarah Reagh, HCA Communications Committee.

Finding unique and appreciated gifts for everyone on your Christmas shopping list can be a daunting challenge, especially when Ottawa’s shopping malls become hectic as December 25 looms near. On November 26, less than a month before Christmas, the Hintonburg Community Association’s (HCA) Artisan Craft Fair hosted a shopping experience that was pleasantly different from malls across the city, compliments of many of our local artisans.

This year, the craft fair attracted more visitors and artisan vendors than ever before. More than 500 shoppers came to the event, held at the Hintonburg Community Centre. They came to browse and marvel over the diverse selection of items showcased by over 60 local talents – including clothing designers, painters, glassworkers, jewellers, soap makers, specialty food and drink suppliers, and more. The rising popularity of the one-day event was promoted through the buzz created by many artisan vendors announcing their excitement and participation in the event through social media. Local blog favourite, Apt 613, further encouraged and rallied support as part of their November campaigns, “Support Local Month” and the “Ottawa Craft Crawl.”

The HCA prides itself on the local community and hosting the annual craft fair provided an occasion to highlight many of our artisans and independently-run stores, while creating the opportunity to come together as a community to raise funds for the association’s arts programming. The association had a great time raising funds through the popularity of the delicious chilli supplied by Hintonburg’s own Credible Edibles, and the demand for the raffle prize, a copy of original drawings of the renovations for the Parkdale Field House, generously donated by Calezza Bruni Architects. Sales of popcorn and delectable baked goods prepared by volunteers from the community were also hugely popular among the browsing shoppers.

A huge and heartfelt thank you to all members of the community who helped make the annual Artisan Craft Fair a great success, and of course, to the holiday shoppers who chose to come out and support local artisans while selecting gifts for loved ones or themselves this holiday season.

Woman behind a table of cute sewn and stuffed toys.

Some of the items 'showcased'.

Photo Caption: More than 500 shoppers came to Hintonburg’s Artisan Craft Fair held at the Hintonburg Community Centre. They came to browse and marvel over the diverse selection of items showcased by over 60 local talents. Photo by Sarah Reagh.

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