Shop Local at Holiday Build Bazaars this Season

By: Amber Ogden | November 5, 2015

Whether you start your holiday shopping early or wait until the last minute, let us all share one common thread this season: shop local.

Build Institute, a program of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, is making it easy to shop local this holiday season with its Holiday Build Bazaars. The shop local initiative highlights small businesses and entrepreneurs through a series of five different pop-up holiday markets throughout the months of November and December.

“Our Build Bazaars give entrepreneurs an opportunity to test their product, generate revenue and market their business to different communities and customers in a fun and inclusive environment,” Jessica Meyer, Director of Programming for Build Institute, said. “Our holiday season Build Bazaars really give both vendors and customers the opportunity to explore different parts of the city in creatively activated spaces.”

Each Build Bazaar will feature a diverse range of local vendors (including graduates of the Build program) offering items like jewelry, bath and body products, candles, soaps, art, clothing, food, reclaimed wood products, ceramics and more.

“Luckily, each Build Bazaar is very unique in that we have some vendors that love to participate in every one of the season and some vendors that can only make one or two, so you get a different experience every time,” Meyer said.

Interested shoppers can visit the Facebook event pages for each Build Bazaar, where they will find a list of vendors, vendor products and special deals.

The first Holiday Build Bazaar of the season was held at Eastern Market’s Shed 3 on Sunday, Nov. 1, and the next will take place at on Sunday, Nov. 15 as part of November’s Citywide Detroit SOUP.

Additional upcoming holiday Build Bazaars include:

Of shopping locally, Meyer said that it is a win-win situation for both business owners and shoppers:

“Not only are you putting your money back into your own community, you’re getting to know the person behind the one-of-a-kind gift you are giving to someone else,” she said.