Thank you to all our volunteers, business owners, and community for making the Holiday Market on Birch Street a success!
We had a great time last Thursday at the inaugural Roslindale Holiday Market on Birch Street, made possible by our dedicated volunteers, and by the local businesses and neighbors who braved bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds to eat, drink, shop and celebrate!
The Holiday Market was a collaboration between Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) and local business owners to bring the community together around food, live music, and the chance to shop for the holidays in our neighborhood. While we originally envisioned an outdoor European-style market, the last-minute change to move some activities indoors kept everyone safe and vendors and visitors still enjoyed a festive shopping experience inside both Emerald Society and the vacant storefront at 22 Birch St. The surrounding shops and restaurants were busy, and the courtyard made for a cozy outdoor gathering space, with Exodus Bagels, Apex Orchards, and the much-anticipated raclette from Boston Cheese Cellar.
Thanks to the local businesses who helped conceive and plan this event starting back in the summer and fall: Adam Shutes from Boston Cheese Cellar, Karen Kirchoff of Karen Kirchoff Acupuncture & Herbs, Elizabeth Swanson from Birch St. House & Garden, Deb Debenedictis from Tony’s Market, and Joanne Rossman, Purveyor of the unnecessary and the irresistible.
Thanks to the RVMS Board of Directors and Committee volunteers who helped with everything from booking vendors to cleaning up garland at the end of the night: Erin Doherty, Tom Donahue, Sue Forti, Anthony Giordano, Liz Graham-Meredith, Karen Kirchoff, Andrea Miller, Rob Orthman, Nina Pralour, Silvana Ragusa, and Hilary Sullivan.
Also thanks to our community members who volunteered, Marlo Pedroso, and student volunteers from Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program.
Live music from Balkan Mind Meld rounded out a great night, and Glenn Williams, our emcee, took care of all the sound and music for the event. Additionally, the Pop Up Opera paid the Holiday Market a visit thanks to Tony’s Market.
Thank you to PS Gourmet for donating delicious hot chocolate!
Thank you to A Plus Realty for donating an amazing face-painter!
Thank you to Meetinghouse Bank for donating an incredible balloonist!
Thank you to Nift, for handing out holiday Nift cards to the public!
Thank you to the Emerald Society for a great space and bartender.
Thank you to Doris Charry-Frantzis for letting us use 22 Birch Street as a warm space for additional vendors, when we had to move the event inside.
Thanks to all the local businesses and vendors for participating in the Holiday Market and for bringing beautiful jewelry, imported scarves and toys, chocolate, pottery, art, books, thrift store finds, and even gift certificates! Thank you to
Thank you to everyone who supported our community and local businesses by helping with or attending the Holiday Market! We would love to hear your feedback! Please take a minute to take this brief survey and share your thoughts
And don’t forget, if you’d like to see more events in your community, from everything to the farmers market, annual egg hunt, to pop-up shops and holiday events, please consider donating to RVMS to ensure more opportunities to enjoy your neighborhood in 2017.