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Shop local at the Narrowsburg Indie Holiday Mart

Painting by James Gann

By Isabel Braverman

Now in its second year, Narrowsburg’s Indie Holiday Mart will be held on the weekends of December 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The mart is run by Pamela Mayer and Allison Ward. Ward’s husband, Paul, had the idea to create an independent artisan mart last holiday season that sells goods from different talents around the area. The trio organized it last year, and Mayer said, “We thought we would do it again, because it was such a fun success.”

Last year the holiday mart was held in a space behind the buildings on Main Street, but it didn’t have heat or reliable electricity. This year it will be held in the alley between Little Harem and By Delaine on Main Street. You have to go though the alley and down the steps. “It still has an underground, independent, secret vibe, but it’s much nicer,” said Ward.

Products for sale are made by artisans from the local area, the Hudson Valley and New York City. “We wanted things to be manufactured around a three-hour radius,” said Mayer. Mayer and Ward said they chose people who are very good with their craft. Mayer’s son Gabriel will again do his popular bake sale, with part of the proceeds going to charity.

Shopping locally is important to Mayer and Ward. “As a local business owner and a person who makes things here, I do my very best to buy things locally and keep the money in our [community’s] economy and marketplace. Also, there are so many talented people here who make things, or grow things, or produce things,” said Mayer. Ward talked about the over-commercialization of the holidays and added that, “When you buy local, you buy directly from the person who makes it, so you’re going to make a difference to them and that money will stay in the [local] economy and be spent in different places.”