This post is written by Casey Brown, sales and development assistant at Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @CbusCasey.
I have an early New Year’s resolution: get Martha Stewart-crafty. The first time I had to channel my inner crafter was for my sorority’s Big/Little revelation week. I know all you sorority girls out there know exactly what I’m talking about. The week is full of crafty presents upon crafty presents all culminating in a big reveal with trunks full of - you guessed it, more presents! While I would like to be the best crafter I can be (and I’m going to succeed!), I doubt I can get my act together in time for the holiday presents. Thankfully, Columbus is a city full of local crafters and artisans who make finding those special gifts easy.
One place to discover such gifts is the Moonlight Market downtown on Gay Street happening Dec. 14. The market plays host to over 40 sidewalk vendors in addition to the brick-and-mortar businesses. The market runs from 6-11 p.m., and after you’re done shopping stop and eat at one of the wonderful restaurants along Gay Street.
Another great shop is Wildcat Gift & Party on High Street in Clintonville. Their store features handmade goods from over 200 crafters and artists. So whether you’re looking for jewelry, clothing, paper goods, or more Wild Cat is your one stop shop.
Then, of course, I cannot fail to mention Etsy, a crafters dream world. All you need to do is type in Columbus into the search feature and you’ll find many local products right at your fingertips.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Experience Columbus visitor centers located on Nationwide Blvd. right across from the Clippers ballpark and at Easton Town Center. Each location showcases unique items from local businesses and crafters that will make the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift.