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Holiday Market Opens at Gallivan Center for "Plaid Friday"

A market for locally made arts and hand-made goods opened Friday at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.   The Downtown Holiday Market consists of about a dozen festive red huts decorated with lights, and a large tent which houses numerous artists and crafts people.   Emily Cooper is a vendor selling framed drawings of owls.  Cooper told KUER that at the Market, it’s not Black Friday, it’s Plaid Friday.

“Plaid Friday is support your local business.  That’s why I’m wearing plaid today, supporting myself and other vendors,” said Cooper,  “This is my first time.  I’ve been a patron, but never a vendor, so we’re excited to see how it goes.”

Across from Cooper and her owls, are some handmade ginger soaps, and next to that is porcelain pottery.  Shopper Liz McClain said she likes to meet the person who makes what she’s buying. 

“It’s kind of nicer for me than going to the mall, which is great too for different things, but I like this, it’s small, intimate, meeting the artist,” said McClain.

The Holiday Market is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 8pm through December 22nd.

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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