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By : Sam Potrykus

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December is a good month to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, line up some changes you want to make in your life in the new year and.. purchase cute stuff for your besties and loved ones! So we put together this little Market Forecast for you, with days and spots to find unique, curated gifts and where you can buy directly from artists in our community. Please find the details for the following events in our Happenings on pg 4+5 under COMMUNITY and we will concentrate these characters here on who they are and why we picked ‘em! Happy holiday season, readers.

First and foremost we gotta shout out Humphrey Street Studios and their Winter Holiday Market. Our Dorchester neighbors recently acquired their building thanks to support from the City of Boston (!!!), and they have an impressive roster with all kinds of artists from metal work to furniture and apparel so give them a visit and make a day of it. Next up at the top of the list is our friends at Black Market Nubian who recently announced that this years Shop The Block Holiday Market will be their very last marketplace season so definitely make it down to the heart of Roxbury and support local BIPOC small business owners selling a wide variety of goods including art, fashion and stunning jewelry. Continue to follow Black Market as well because you know whatever they do next will be huge. Now, you know we gotta show some love for our people in Jamaica Plain so peep the scene at JP Open Market: Holiday Pop Up Shop featuring local makers of art, crafts, clothing, gifts, goods and more over at the Eliot School. Continuing North please find the well-regarded Brighton Bazaar + their Night Market. Now THIS one is dope because not only will there be over 50 small local businesses selling art, vinyl, vintage, & more, there will also be food + drink in the courtyard and it’s a NIGHT market so perfect for my fellow night owls and late risers. Lastly, we can't leave out our awesome people in Somerville so we got 2 for you. The Somerville Flea Presents Holiday Markets features two floors with 30+ vintage and artisan vendors at the Arts at the Armory. If you're in Somerville early this month and interested in meeting artists where they work get down to Vernon Street Open Studios.

—Sam P

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #153 December 2022


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