Saturday, November 8, 2003

100 holiday retailers all in one spot

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Alison B. Head of Three French Hens in Fort Thomas is a Holiday Market merchant. The star-shaped lights are $30.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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The second annual Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market launches Friday and runs through Nov. 16 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

"There's nothing like it anywhere in the Tristate," says Doug Hart of Hart Productions, producers of the Holiday Market. "We feature some 100 retailers and artisans from all over the region. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind merchants without traveling to larger cities or driving all over town."

The Holiday Market emphasizes the "joy of shopping" by featuring gifts - art, home decor, fashion, jewelry and gourmet food - in a wide price range.

A sampling:

Art: Portrait Brokers of America, which represents more than 100 artists, will offer a variety of media: oil, pastel, watercolor, charcoal and sculpture. Lazy Dog Pottery is known for original hand-painted ceramics, pots, dishes and gifts. Kalos Colors provides creative gift ideas with hand-crafted crystals, vases, bowls, candlesticks and ornaments.

Decor: Home decor and holiday decor ideas will be plentiful. For example, Hudson River Inlay will have detailed wood marquetry - the ancient art where detailed pictures are created from naturally colored wood veneers.

Also look for handcrafted decorative Santa Clauses by Twelfth Night Studio Santas and a variety of holiday wreaths by Lanes End Farm and Landscape Supply.

Gifts: For that person who has everything, how about a copper window ornament from Woodstock Copperworks, hand-painted holiday plates from Cuyahoga Valley Products or decorative textiles by Lilypads?

If you go

What: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, presented by The Cincinnati Enquirer and produced by Hart Productions.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and next Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16.

Where: Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington.

Tickets: Adults $7, children 13 and under $3.

Information:; 281-0022.

Events: A preview 5-8 p.m. Thursday will benefit the Cincinnati Ballet. Cost: $12. The market will partner with the Northern Kentucky Children's Alliance. Shoppers who bring an unwrapped children's gift Friday will receive 50 percent off adult admission.

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