Hester Holiday Market

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One of the most fun places to get all of your holiday shopping done in NYC is at the pop-up holiday markets. There are a handful of great ones, like Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, that I’ve vended at, but one worth checking out is the Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza. 

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There are about 30 amazing vendors there at the convenient and famous 34th Street right near Macy’s, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. There are booths selling handmade jewelry, accessories, art and artisanal foods and beverages.  I’ll be there selling my Squish Marshmallows (follow on Twitter and Instagram to see what dates I’ll be there) there, by the bag, holiday gift boxes, and even by the piece with the option to have your marshmallow roasted. 

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I’ll also be sharing my booth with two other amazing vendors. There’s Jam Jar Bakery, selling all natural, made from scratch, pies in little mason jars. They’re ready to eat and super delicious. I even wrote a a previous post here

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Also at at the booth is JLR, fun, whimsical pop-art paintings and designs. These are beyond fun and adorable and make incredible gifts for others, or, great artwork for you to hang up in your own space. 

You can find a full list of all the other great vendors here.

The Shorts:
Name: Hester Holiday Market
Location: One Penn Plaza (between 33rd and 34th Street and 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC
Dates: December 1st-21st

Gansevoort Market

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Collaborative food markets are having a moment in this past year. From Gotham West Market, to Hudson Eats, food hall or food court style spaces are housing some great talent all under one roof. The most recent to join this trend is Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District.

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Once occupied by a club, this open space now has an array of food offering with a seating section underneath an incredible skylight and wrapped up in branches and bits of nature. Below are a list of all the vendors, in no particular order. 

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Dojo Sushi is serving authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi.

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Tacombi serves Mexican street food and tacos.

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Champion Coffee serves coffee.

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Heermance Farm Purveyors has organic produce from the Hudson Valley.

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Luzzo’s has coal oven pizza.

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The Bruffin Cafe serves a muffin-brioche-like pastry filled with quality ingredients.

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Pig Guy NYC serves BBQ.

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Yiaourti has a Greek yogurt bar with sheep’s milk yogurt.

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Crêpe Sucre is a French crêpe bar.

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Ed’s Lobster Bar serves New England seafood.

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Gansevoort Bakery is a Greek bakery.

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Cappone’s is an authentic Italian specialties and sandwich shop.

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Our True Roots makes beverages and snacks from tiger nuts.

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Dana’s Bakery makes French macarons.

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Lov Organic has organic teas.

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Feel Food has organic juice and highly nutritious food.

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Donostia serves Spanish tapas.

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Flower Girl has whimsical flower arrangements.

The Shorts:
Name: Gansevoort Market 
Location: 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are lots of great vendors here, really something for everyone, in an accessible and open space.
Would I recommend it? For sure. It makes a great pit-stop for a coffee or snack, or, grab a bite and dine in their forest-like dining space. Plus, you’re right by the High Line, so, you can really make a day of it.