If you’re looking for unique, creative, and innovative gifts for the holiday season, look no further than the Made In Whistler Market, which runs every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at The Westin Resort and Spa, with extra holiday days on Dec. 24, 26 and 31.
Chockfull of handmade delights, the weekly pop-up market is managed by Arts Whistler and offers both locals and visitors the chance to shop local and meet 15 artisans in person.
“Visitors especially get a chance to be introduced to all the amazing local vendors that we have,” said Arts Whistler’s programs and events manager Andrea Mueller.
Shoppers will find everything from jewellery to clothing to food to art to home décor.
A returning favourite is Sugar Momma Pastries, where visitors can sink their sweet tooth into treats like unicorn or snowmen pops, salted caramel brownies, triple chocolate truffle cookies, mocha and peppermint meringues and festive French macarons in gingerbread, eggnog, pomegranate, vanilla bean salted caramel and coffee with Bailey’s. There are also finely decorated cookies like polar bears and holiday words to celebrate the season.
Celebrated Squamish artist Andy Anissimoff will also be selling giclée prints and cards of his striking and bold compositions of wildlife and mountains. Expect to see anything from mountain goats to bears to owls to stunning mountain peaks.
“He is the only artist (in the market) at the moment that is specifically doing prints,” said Mueller.
Two vendors are new to the market this year. The first is Mountain Monsters, run by Whistlerites Dee Raffo and Alana Sampson.
Inspired by drawings from Raffo’s father, the pair have created a series of handmade monster stuffies reflective of the mountains. Kids and adults can choose from a yeti, a mountain, a bear and an inukshuk — each of which are uniquely different, monster-like and charming.
Wood and Stuff Co. Wood and Stuff Co. is a local company by graphic designer Nikkey Ward and her chainsaw wielding partner that offers home décor from reclaimed wood. “They’re from Squamish and they’re selling ornaments, side tables, and candleholders,” said Mueller.
Think rustic tea light candleholders made from branches of a yew tree and Christmas tree ornaments made from wood slices that feature burned images of deer, mountains, trees and the big dipper floating above snowy peaks.
The pop-up market is worth visiting frequently throughout the season since not all artists and artisans will be there each week. Twenty-one artists have signed up for the market, though not all will appear each Saturday.
“Not all of them (have applied) for the full season,” said Mueller, adding that there is still opportunity for vendors to join. “Artists can still apply throughout the season. They have to apply by the 15th of the month to be in the following month.”
The market started on Dec. 16 and will run every week until Easter weekend on Saturday, March 31. Visiting the market is free.
For more information or to apply for a booth visit artswhistler.com.