OMAHA, Nebraska – The spirit of the holidays has begun to spread throughout society now that Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The local businesses are keeping their fingers crossed that some of that excitement will spread to their establishments.
Over 35 local artisans and crafters came together in the Empire Room of Midtown Crossing on Sunday to offer their handcrafted wares. Hundreds of people entered the store in order to look for items for themselves and the people they care about. Midtown Crossing and hello ruby, a mobile store, were the ones responsible for organizing the Midtown Merry Market.
More than one in three customers will look for ways to help small to medium-sized enterprises, as indicated by the results of a poll conducted by Constant Contact that included over 1,000 individuals. On addition, 29% are eager to spend more money in local businesses.
“Local businesses are wonderful because they are able to offer you a product that is one of a kind. “They support the people in Omaha, rather than a big corporate place,” said Katrina Appleton, the proprietor of Clay in the Life, a jewelry company that was established in the midst of the pandemic.
At the free event, Brianne Mettler was one of the people that showed up. She went out and purchased a Christmas dress in a wine hue with flower appliques. Mettler expressed a high level of contentment over her acquisition.
“I think absolutely for the statement pieces, the creativity we see shop to shop, I think it’s worth it getting to have those pieces rather than something you might see all the time,” said Mettler. “I think getting to have those pieces rather than something you might see all the time is worth it.”
A good number of the vendors are counting on sales from pop-up events like this one.
On November 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be another holiday market held at the Omaha Palazzo. Local vendors will be there.