Vendors selling items in Market Square

Vendors selling items in Market Square

SQUARE WHICH IS NOW OPEN. SHELDON: DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, THE HOLIDAY MARKET IS EXPECTED TO BE VERY BUSY. HIMALA HOME AND 837 NORTH ARE SOME OF THE BUSINESSES EXCITED ABOUT COMING HERE EVERY YEAR. HIMALA HOME HAS A BOOTH FEATURING HANDMADE SWEATERS, GLOVES, HATS, AND SLEEPING ITEMS FOR PETS, ALL MADE FROM WOOL FELT. THEY’RE ALL MADE BY PEOPLE IN SMALL VILLAGES IN THE COUNTRY OF NEPAL IN SOUTH ASIA. THESIS HAND-CRAFTED POTTERY ITEMS ARE MADE IN SMALL COMMUNITIES IN NICARAGUA. EVEN THESE ALUMINUM PIECES MADE FROM RECYCLED AUTO PARTS. THEY’RE SOLD BY WOMEN OF THE CLOUD FOREST. THESE VENDORS SELL THESE ITEMS AS AMBASSADORS FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES. >> IT HAS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES BECAUSE IT PROVIDES STABLE JOBS FOR ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES. EVERY TIME WE COME HERE, THE IDEA IS SO THEY CAN SELL ALL THEIR PRODUCTS. >> THEY MAKE MONEY FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD, THEIR FAMILY, SO THIS IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. SHELDON: SOME OF THE VENDORS HERE ARE BASED IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA. 837 NORTH IS ONE OF THEM. ALLISON BEATTY AND HER SISTER MAKE HAND-MADE CANDLES AND PERFUMES AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY MARKET EACH YEAR. >> HONESTLY, WARMTH, I WOULD SAY, IS THE BIGGEST THING BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE EITHER SHOPPING TO TREAT THEMSELVES OR THEY ARE SHOPPING FOR SOMEONE ELSE, AND IT USUALLY IS JUST ALL ABOUT GIVING AND SHARING AND KIND OF HAVING AN EXPERIENCE WITH PEOPLE. SHELDON: IT IS A SHARED EXPERIENCE AMONG ALL VENDORS. QUICKLY COME TO SHARE OUR EXPERIENCE. EVERY PRODUCT HAS A STORY BEHIND IT. IT’S MORE LIKE TO SHARE OUR CULTURE WITH THE COMMUNITIES HERE AND INTERACT WITH THE PEOPLE HERE, SO IT’S A NICE EXPERIENCE FOR ME. >> EVERY T

Market Square Holiday Market brings warmth and excitement for vendors

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market runs through Dec. 24 at Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh.

It’s always a new, fresh and exciting feeling for vendors who set up their booths to participate in the annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market in downtown Pittsburgh. Watch the video above.Some are local, others come from other countries, but they all express the same gratifying feeling about selling their hand-crafted goods in Market Square.”Honestly, I would say warmth is the biggest thing, because people are either shopping for themselves or they’re shopping for someone else, and it’s usually always all about giving and sharing and having experiences with people,” says Allison Beatty, co-owner of 837 North, a candle and perfume vendor named after Route 837.Jairo Tenoriok sells hand-crafted pottery for Women of the Cloud Forest, made in small communities in his home in Nicaragua.”It’s been very important to all of our communities because it provides stable jobs for all of the communities,” Tenoriok says. “Every time we come here, the idea is so they can sell all their products.”Enjoying the holiday friendliness of residents in southwestern Pennsylvania is another draw that has Amrita Akhikari coming back year after year. She sells handmade sweaters, hats, gloves and sleeping items for pets for Himala Home, items made in small villages in her home country of Nepal in south Asia.”People are very nice in Pittsburgh. That’s why we have our booth here every year. We love to come back every year,” she says. The market opened Friday and will run through Dec. 24. Click here for daily hours and a full list of vendors.

It’s always a new, fresh and exciting feeling for vendors who set up their booths to participate in the annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market in downtown Pittsburgh.

What can you find at this year’s Holiday Market? Watch the video above.

Some are local, others come from other countries, but they all express the same gratifying feeling about selling their hand-crafted goods in Market Square.

“Honestly, I would say warmth is the biggest thing, because people are either shopping for themselves or they’re shopping for someone else, and it’s usually always all about giving and sharing and having experiences with people,” says Allison Beatty, co- owner of 837 North, a candle and perfume vendor named after Route 837.

Jairo Tenoriok sells hand-crafted pottery for Women of the Cloud Forest, made in small communities in his home in Nicaragua.

“It’s been very important to all of our communities because it provides stable jobs for all of the communities,” Tenoriok says. “Every time we come here, the idea is so they can sell all their products.”

Enjoying the holiday friendliness of residents in southwestern Pennsylvania is another draw that has Amrita Akhikari coming back year after year. She sells handmade sweaters, hats, gloves and sleeping items for pets for Himala Home, items made in small villages in her home country of Nepal in south Asia.

“People are very nice in Pittsburgh. That’s why we have our booth here every year. We love to come back every year,” she says.

The market opened Friday and will run through Dec. 24. Click here for daily hours and a full list of vendors.

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