Skip to main content

Stumped for Christmas gift ideas? If you're looking for something a little different, a little artisan, and very much local there's a new Holiday Market launching in downtown Minneapolis.

MPLS Parking is hosting its inaugural one-day Holiday Market in the skyway level of the Jerry Haaf Memorial Ramp, at 424 South 4th Street, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 12.

Ramp map. 2

While the big box retailers dominate the national shopping headlines, the gifting season is undoubtedly more vital for the small businesses trying to grow their brand and make a name for themselves in the retail world.

Some of the businesses with booths at the market include The Beer Dabbler, best known for its February beer festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Kingfield-based fabric retailer Digs, and women's fashion company Isyoma Design.

Also involved You Betcha! Box, which started offering its artisan food gift boxes comprising various products from Minnesota foodmakers at pop-up events last year, and now offers online ordering.

"Holiday markets have been instrumental for us to get the work out about our mission to make local gifting easy, fun and a great value during the holidays and year round," said founder Katie Sterns.

"You Betcha! Box offers a local option to generic national brand gifts through our impressive and unique artisan food gift boxes curated from the very best, award-winning small makers around Minnesota."

Map ramp

Another retailer setting up shop at the market is nest PURE, which was launched by Samantha Cobos in 2014 and offers a selection of beautiful handbags and clutches made with sustainable, organic material, as well as handmade, cotton gauze scarves, and handwoven Turkish cotton scarves.

Cobos, designs and manufactures her creations from her home studio in St. Paul, said: "Supporting local small businesses is so important. It allows us to stay open, continue to do what we are passionate about, and create jobs. Also we support other local businesses because we are a local community of love and support."

While the market is the first of its kind hosted by MPLS Parking, it is planning to hold two a year going forward: the Holiday Market in December and a Spring Market in May.

You can find out more details about the Holiday Market here.

MPLS Parking will also be posting information about the Holiday Market and spotlighting each market vendor on their social media: Facebook @CityofMPLSParking, Instagram and Twitter @MPLSParking

Would you like to be part of their next market? Send them a private message on Facebook @CityofMPLSParking 

Next Up

Wild

Wild flip the script, dominate Blackhawks

Ryan Hartman scored twice to earn the first game of a back-to-back.

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

argue-wertman booking photos

Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

rep nolan west mn house

MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 12.56.52 PM

What were the 'bizarre things' seen in Minnesota's sky?

The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.

icicles, freezing weather, cold weather

Booming noises in the night could be frost quakes

The loud sounds are most likely to happen during the middle of the night.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

Free COVID testing site to open in St. Paul for 3 weeks

The federal testing site comes as demand for testing remains high.

Reyel Simmons photo 1 - complaint - crop

MN TikToker accused of faking federal agent life pleads guilty

He told his 10,000 followers he was a Homeland Security agent — authorities say it was a lie.

Wilf

Report: Vikings request second interview with 2 GM candidates

Ryan Poles of the Chiefs and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah of the Browns.

Amaya Battle

Hopkins takes on No. 1 team in the country on ESPNU Friday

The game will feature a pair of top recruits in the Class of 2022.

st. paul federation of educators - teachers

Educators in Minneapolis, St. Paul could strike amid contract negotiations

Teachers and support staff are demanding smaller class sizes, mental health support and better pay.

Related

farmers market

5 farmers markets in Minneapolis will be open this winter

They'll offer fresh local foods, holiday gifts and Christmas trees, among other items.

christmas market

Shopping local this year? Check out our list of holiday markets in MN

From local vendors to visits with Santa, these markets will get you into the holiday spirit.

Screen Shot 2019-12-11 at 9.05.17 AM

Family jeweler celebrates 34 years in downtown with storewide holiday sale

A tiny skyway shop with big sparkle, Gittelson Jewelers has a holiday tag sale you won’t want to miss.

Target gift card

Holiday shopping? Target gift cards are discounted this weekend

You have to be a Target Circle member, but that's free to join.

Members of Target's new loyalty program shop more often, spend more

Target is reaping the benefits since launching Target Circle.

MPLS Parking

MPLS Parking just made downtown parking so much easier

Here's some good advice to improve your parking process.

Pet Evolution

Locally-owned Pet Evolution expands its charitable mission

As the Twin Cities company expands, so does its philanthropic endeavors.

usps mail

Changes at USPS could impact holiday shipping, greeting cards

Send your mail early, and expect to temporarily pay more for shipping.