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Local businesses bring holiday spirit, opportunity to Fisher

Local businesses sold handmade products during the annual Healthy U Holiday Bazaar event.

Students, faculty and staff attend the Healthy U Holiday Bazaar event. (Diana Russo, Staff Photographer)

By Diana Russo, Lifestyles Editor

The Fisher community shopped for unique everyday products at local business’ booths in the Campus Center Mainstage during the annual Healthy U Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 1.

This event was hosted by the St. John Fisher Wellness Program to provide options and opportunity for consumers and businesses during the holiday season. Several of these businesses included, Little Bits Mixed Media Creations, Young Living Essential Oils, Darn Knit All and Bones The Dog Bakery, etc.

Jewelry, clothing, soaps, home decor, stationery, art and food products were sold at this event. Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs Linda Steinkirchner utilized her break to attend the event. “I think it’s a nice opportunity to bring in members from outside of the Fisher community to make it a little easier for all of us to do our Christmas shopping. It’s a nice way to tie back into the community”, she said.

Most of the available products for purchase were handmade. Owner of Darn Knit All, Sara Shipley creates knitted scarfs and hats. Shipley also sold handmade decorative tiles and coat hangers. Although every product was similar, they were carefully crafted in a way to create a unique product.

Shipley, as a vendor, said that she attended this event for the second time to advertise her business for future events she will be attending. When reflecting on the image of her company, Shipley said, “I think this just represents who I am. So when coming here and sharing this stuff, it’s not just like hey I want to sell things. It’s like, this is what I love, this is what I care about. So it’s kind of showing a little bit of who I am and the stuff that I make. Everything that I make I would personally wear. Some people just have things that they think people would buy, I actually have things that I really love.”

As an annual shopper, Steinkirchner said she looks forward to seeing the new vendors every year and expects the product price range to be around $5-$25.

Sister of the owner of Little Bits Mixed Media Creations, Ellen Kocian said that this was the first time the handmade stationery products were sold in a public setting. Kocian discussed her sister’s inspiration, “She just loves to make pretty things. She just wants to share her creativity and this is an outlet for her.” After accumulating a lot of product, Kocian and her sister hope to share the created art with others.

Each business promoted its own perspective of living a well balanced lifestyle and shared with the Fisher community different options during the holiday season

For more information about Darn Kit All and Little Bits Mixed Media Creations, email darnKNITall@gmail.com and p.am.ela@me.com.

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