Daybreak Winter Market to deck the halls
Dec 10, 2019 02:48PM
● By Libby Allnatt
Children get a chance to visit with Santa. (File photo courtesy MS) Daybreak05: Many members of the community stopped by to browse at the Winter Market last year. (File photo courtesy MS)
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Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that farmers markets are taking a vacation. One Daybreak event takes the shopping fun indoors.
The second annual Winter Market is being held this year on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the gymnasium of the Daybreak Community Center.
Like the markets that take place weekly on SoDa Row during the summer, the Daybreak Winter Market gives residents access to a festive market right in their own neck of the woods. Planning for the event began in July, Stephanie Devine said.
“We co-host the event with Daybreak’s Santa’s Arrival, so Santa and Mrs. Claus come, and kids sit with them and get a picture and get a little gift,” she said. “It brings a lot of families.”
Devine has played a pivotal role in bringing farmers markets to Daybreak after moving to the community a little over two years ago.
“It’s such a perfect community for a farmers market,” Devine said. “We said, ‘Hey, we’d like to do this.’”
In addition to a visit from St. Nick, another appeal of the market is to support local businesses and be active in the community.
“We have quite a few vendors that are Daybreak residents, so that makes a difference,” Devine said. “They love supporting their neighbors.”
Devine said about 60 vendors are expected at this year’s market, in addition to four musical groups who will be performing live.
One returning vendor will be Misbehavin Clothing Co., a local brand focused on women’s clothing with an online shop and a store in Pleasant Grove.
Misbehavin Clothing Co. owner Starla Olson said her positive experience at the market last year made her want to return this year.
“Everybody that came last year, you could just tell that it was such a good community,” Olson said. “They really do appreciate what everyone’s bringing. They really do support small business. To me, that’s so important. It’s about gathering and supporting each other versus feeling like a competition. It had such a positive vibe.”
Olson said because many local markets focus on handmade-only items, they can be hard to break into. Before opening the brick-and-mortar store in April, Misbehavin Clothing Co. was online only, so attending the Daybreak Winter Market as a vendor was a great opportunity to get out into the community, Olson said.
“I knew that doing online was hard and that I wanted to connect with different communities,” she said. “When you do markets, you understand what communities want. It’s a great way to connect with people.”
Olson said at this year’s market, Misbehavin Clothing Co. will have winter apparel such as sweaters, jeans and coats, as well as a gift section.
“Any kind of last-minute Christmas gifts you’ll need, we’ll have a place for that as well,” she said.
Last year’s market, on Dec. 9, was the community’s biggest event of the year.
“We try to make it as festive as we can,” Devine said, with many vendors decorating their booths. Devine said she and her son also get into the holiday spirit and dress up as elves.
She said she hopes the attendees of this year’s winter market will be able to “feel what an amazing community we have.”
“It’s just such a great feeling to be surrounded by people who support small business and like to be part of a community,” Devine said. “Being a part of a community or group that’s bigger than yourself is so important, and that’s what this is becoming.”
The Daybreak Winter Market is free and will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Daybreak Community Center on Harvest Moon Drive.