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Polymer jewelry by Alcove Craft
  • Polymer jewelry by Alcove Craft

As the popularity of big box stores and Black Friday madness has waned in the Hudson Valley, people are turning to local shops and artisans for their holiday shopping. Put on by Hudson River Exchange, Hand Made Here is a holiday pop up event offering a wide selection of distinctive handcrafted items. This year, Hand Made Here will take over two shops on Warren Street in Hudson, welcoming shoppers every day from 11am-5pm for 5 weeks from Black Friday through Christmas Eve.

This event showcases the work of over 40 local artisans, seeking to cultivate a thriving creative economy and community. HRE is headquartered in Hudson’s historic downtown and is proud to play an integral role in Hudson’s vibrant creative ecosystem, and helps indie businesses find ways to flourish outside of an urban center.

Locations for this year’s Hand Made Here event include Drop Forge & Tool and Hudson River Exchange’s storefront. Choose from locally made children’s toys, jewelry, clothing, greeting cards, specialty foods, tote bags, herbal teas, artisan treats, essential oil candles, all-natural beauty products, and a wide array of home goods. Prices range from $5 to $500, with most items priced below $50.

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Vendors include Alcove Craft, local polymer clay jewelry by Jeanmarie Vargas. “It’s very inspiring to see everyone’s work, and the thought and care they put into their craft” Vargas says of Hand Made Here. You’ll find her designs, both simple and complex geometric earrings that use colors reflected the natural world, for sale at the pop-up.

Atina Foods will also be onsite selling their jams, pickled foods, and preserves made using traditional methods and local produce, when available. Another vendor to look for is The Modern Dream, a collaboration between a fiber artist Erin von Holdt-Gilbert and woodworker Jonathan Gilbert. Erin creates colorful felted wool baskets, coasters, trivets, table runners, needle-felted pet portraits while Jonathan creates kinetic wood sculptures, home goods, and jewelry.

Check the website before visiting as there will be special events featured on specific dates. These include workshops to make your own origami ornaments (December 5), tastings from Olde York Distillery (December 15), and more ways to get creative this Christmas.

Hand Made Here is truly a community event in the spirit of the holidays. Head to Hudson this season to support the local creative economy.

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