Mermade Market provides showcase for local business

December 7, 2017 by  

Those looking for gifts a bit more unique than those flying off the shelves at big box realtors should be interested in the Mermade Market being held in Dana Point over the next few days.

The bazaar, which takes place in the spring and winter of each year, is an opportunity for local artisans to showcase and sell handmade crafts and other unique items. Elise Capener founded the event in 2014, noticing a lack of local markets in her home region of Orange County.

This winter’s event will feature over 100 local merchants. Examples of vendors include local cobblers Solitude Shoes, paper crafts seller Liv Lee, and Lenus, a producer of handcrafted skincare products. The market will also include events for those looking to develop their own skills, such as a flower-arranging workshop by Petal and Joy.

Mermade Market is Dana Point’s local hub of an emergent “maker” culture, fueled by online sites like Etsy and Pinterest. The easy availability of printing services has encouraged many to turn their hobbies into small businesses, and no doubt many business cards and flyers will be passed around in addition to the holiday cheer.

No holiday event would be complete without food, and Mermade Market promises an assortment of trucks and free taffy, which is a favorite of attendees. Live music is also scheduled for Saturday.

The event will begin today and continue until Saturday (December 9), and be open from morning to evening each day.