Holiday Market returns to Pajama Factory

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Pajama Factory will host a market to allow people to get started — or complete — their shopping list.

“Our goal is to keep local dollars local by encouraging folks to ‘shop small’ during the holiday season,” said Danielle Velkoff, events manager and business development. “It is also an opportunity for us to showcase our tenants and the history of the Pajama Factory complex.”

The market will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

“This is the eighth year we will be doing the Holiday Market at the Pajama Factory,” Velkoff said. “It gives us the opportunity to bring outside vendors in from the cold, and highlight our tenants and the historic Pajama Factory complex.”

New this year is a fully juried, two-day event. Local vendors that the Holiday Market Committee approved will be available both shopping days.

The layout of the market also has changed this year. Vendors will be throughout the entire building and the second floor Clearstory venue. The Community Room will be dedicated to local programming and performance, as well as food vendors. The freight elevator will run shifts to the fourth floor and back.

“Our hope is to improve the flow of foot traffic, while highlight the historic Pajama Factory complex,” Velkoff said. “This year marks the 100th anniversary of buildings six, seven, nine and 10 and the 10th anniversary of the Pajama Factory itself, so it is a great opportunity for us to give back to our local community.”

One way the holiday market is giving back to the local community is partnering with the Salvation Army this year.

“They will be ringing the bell at each of our main entrances, and will not only provide for a good cause, but will also serve as a lovely, welcoming sound to direct guests into the factory,” Velkoff said.

The Events Committee will introduce a studio pass into the Holiday Market, similar to Octofest’s #Octopas, but with a holiday twist.

“We will be paying homage to Duboistown’s Candy Cane Lane,” Velkoff said.

Guests will enter the Community Room where they will collect their pass and head to the fourth floor.

They will make their way along “Candy Cane Lane” which will feature open studios and variety of local vendors.

Guests will have to collect a certain number of stamps from each of the different, featured studios and can be entered for a chance to win factory-made donations and prizes valued at over $100.

“Keep the gifts for yourself or give them away as gifts to others,” Velkoff said.

There also will be more vendors this year than in previous years.

“With over 60 artisans, craftsmen and small business vendors participating, guests will be able to find something truly unique — from handblown glass to hammered copper bracelets,” Velkoff said. “We’re sure you’ll be able to check everyone off your Christmas list.”

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