Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Remix- Popup Store and Event!

This year, the annual Holiday craft show at the Broadway Armory is going to be longer than ever. It's not that they are extending their time at the Armory or adding an extra day- what they've done is started a pop-up store on Bryn Mawr to help market and sell the local artists wares.

The 2nd annual Holiday Remix show will take place at the Broadway Armory on Saturday Dec 10 from 11 am to 4 pm.  In addition to wares by over 50 artists, there will be food, drink, and an opportunity to donate to local wunderkind charity Care For Real.

If you miss the event, or you liked what you saw but want to find more, the Pop-Up store is at 1056 Bryn Mawr (in the old Johnny Sprocket's bicycle shop, next to Bridgeview Bank)  The store is staffed entirely by volunteers and is open on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and Saturday-Sunday (except December 10, of course) from noon to 6 p.m. through the end of the year.  Also, this year, as a proof of concept, the artists keep 100% of the sales.  The pop-up store costs are being funded by the Edgewater Development Corporation.  If the store idea is successful, another arrangement would have to be worked out.

Sample of some of the old books made into journals.
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My son and I walked by and in the store last week, and it's full of interesting work and really fun gifts, including handmade journals, photographs, jewelry, artwork, and even some furniture.  My son bought a handmade wooden yoyo.  I ogled a lot of beautiful handmade journals (including a set of them that takes old library books and uses the cover and then binds some of the pages into the book itself, to give a very arty feeling to the book.)

Many of the artists are local, although the definition of local is loose. For example, the book artist that I liked so much is a former Chicago artist now living in Portland, Oregon.

For more information about Holiday Remix, and the popup store, visit

For more information about the Edgewater Development Corporation, visit

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