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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Holiday Market Picks December 12 & 13, 2015 + U.R. Bath Co.

UR Bath and and Body supports homeless mothers

UR Bath & Body employs homeless mothers

UR Bath & Body Handmade Soaps and Scrubs

UR Bath & Body Handmade Soaps and Scrubs

Gifts with stories are the best. I was browsing through the new Garment District Holiday Market, and I was drawn into a particular handmade soap shop first because it smelled so good. And then there was the glitter on top of the lovely bars of soap. But the thing that I found most compelling was the story behind U.R. Bath & Body.

Founder Tracy Gunn was a single mother raising two sons when she found herself down to her last $100 in the entire world. She gathered her wits and her entrepreneurial spirit and spent a third of her remaining funds on supplies to make soap. Within a year, her soaps were in 1,000 stores across the country. And Tracy didn’t stop there.

Lemon Poppyseed Soap by UR Bath & Body

Lemon Poppyseed Soap by UR Bath & Body

Tracy’s company supports homeless shelters across the country and employs homeless women, mostly mothers, and formerly incarcerated people in the production of her soaps and body scrubs. The photo above is features Tracy holding the hand of one such woman who lives in a shelter and works in the U.R. Bath & Body holiday shop. She is a victim of abuse and battery. I can’t say anything else about her, except that she is absolutely lovely and deserves a safe and fulfilling life just like everyone else.

Give the gift of hope this season with the wonderful soaps from U.R. Bath & Body in the Garment District Holiday Market on Broadway between 39th and 41st Streets, open daily till December 24, 2015.

Weekend Market Picks

 ♥ School funraisers

Saturday, December 12, 2015

  1. Fort Greene Holiday Market, Arts & Letters School, 225 Adelphi St, Brooklyn

  2. Om Grown Holiday Market, at Bread and Yoga, 5000 Broadway at 212th Street, Manhattan

  3. Punk Rock Heavy Metal Flea Market Holiday Edition, Sage Bar, 299-301 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn

  4. Jamaica Winter Craft Market, 159-15 Jamaica Avenue, Queens

  5. Annual PS 3 Holiday Bazaar, 490 Hudson Street between Christopher and Grove Streets, Manhattan

  6. Silent Oh! Open House and Holiday Market, 603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn

  7. PS 130 Lower School Winter Bazaar, 70 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn

  8. Vegan Holiday Shop Up, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn

Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2015

  1. The Market NYC, 290 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

  2. Old American (OA) Can Factory Holiday Market, 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn

  3. Roberta’s Holiday Market, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn

  4. Yorkville Holiday Exhibit & Sale, Church of the Holy Trinity – Draesel Hall, 316 East 88th Street, Manhattan

  5. Bronx Museum Holiday Market, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx

  6. Penn South Ceramic Studio’s Holiday Show, NE corner of 26th St & 9th Ave

  7. Pop Up Flea Holiday Marketplace, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Sunday December 13, 2015

  1. Astoria Holiday Market at Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens

  2. Hecho en Harlem Holiday Market, Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan

  3. Morbid Anatomy Holiday Flea, at The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

  4. Shop & Bop Brooklyn Made Holiday Fair, PS 133, 610 Baltic Street, Brooklyn ♥

  5. Vegan Holiday Shop Up, MooShoes, 78 Orchard Street, Manhattan

  6. VSPOT Vegan Organic NYC Holiday Pop Up, 12 St. Mark’s Place, Manhattan

Season Long Holiday Markets

  1. Thru December 31. South Street Local Artists, Open all week, 93 South Street, Manhattan

  2. November 21 – January 2.  REAL NYC Designer Holiday Market, Open all week, 166 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

  3. November 27 – December 23. LES Holiday Pop-Up, 365 Grand Street between Essex and Clinton, Manhattan

  4. December 1 –21.   ID Pop Shop Holiday, Open 7 daysMeatpacking District, 446 West 14th Street, Manhattan

  5. December 3 – 20.  Food 52 Holiday Market, 41 Union Square West at 17th Street, Manhattan

  6. December 3 – 24.  Miracle at Essex Market, Farm2Me, Essex Market, 120 Essex Street, Manhattan

  7. December 3 – 2o.  Rock n’ Shop, Open Saturdays and Sundays, at the Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn

  8. December 4 – 23.  Tictail Market: NYC Holiday Pop Up, 90 Orchard Street, Manhattan

  9. December 4 – January 3, 2016.  Young & Able 2nd Annual Holiday Pop Up Shop, 2 Rivington Street, Manhattan

  10. December 6 – 7, 13 – 14, 20 – 21.  French Morning’s Brooklyn Artisans Holiday Market, Open Saturdays and Sundays, St. Paul’s Church, 234 Congress Street, Brooklyn

  11. December 8-20.  Jingle A Holiday Pop-Up Store at Chelsea Market, Open all week, 75 9th Avenue, Manhattan

  12. Thru December 24. Garment District Holiday Market, Open all week, Broadway between 39th & 41st Street, Manhattan

Grand Traditional Holiday Markets

  1. Bryant Park Winter Village, Open daily through January 3, 2016 Columbus Circle Holiday Market,  Open daily December 1st – December 24th, 7 days a week Grand Central Holiday Fair: Open daily November 16th – December 24th Union Square Holiday Market, Open daily November 19th – December 24th

 ~Karen Seiger, Markets Of New

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