Happy shoppers filled the shelves of the food bank while hunting for unique treasures at the first ever Elves in the Village Christmas Market.
The massive wood beams and exposed brick inside the Simmons Building took on a festive glow December 17 as its big back room filled with artisans, their piled-high wares, and friends and neighbours searching for something special to put under the tree. The Cantos House Band serenaded with funky soul standards and upbeat Christmas tunes; outside, along RiverWalk, families revelled in the sunshine and sampled festive offerings from the YYC Food Trucks.
Shoppers browsed tables piled high with objects of desire all day: the hedonists amongst us luxuriated in fragrant spa lotions and sighed wistfully over mittens made from the softest alpaca wool, while epicureans (and the epicurious) stocked up on cheese-making kits. Everyone was drawn to the elegant display of Cruff’s famous cream puffs. “These are just the minis!” the smiling elf behind the table reassured those who hesitated over succumbing to the decadence. So it was okay to have two.
At the ProtoSpace display, a fully automated eggbot drew throngs of techno-curious. As the mini-robot etched Christmas messages on eggs with a Sharpie, the market morphed into a Jetsons' Christmas special. Across the room, Retro House Party offered a fantasy cocktail party from the golden age of Hollywood, with all the glamour of mid-century cocktail glasses and a funky gold lamé seltzer bottle.
“I bought so many things for me,” one pleased shopper chided herself. “Shame on me!” But with treasures varying from Bee Kingdom's gleaming hand-blown glass to Thrifty Cowgirl's cheeky sock monkeys, from vintage apparel to hand-drawn cards, who could blame her? With the food bank benefitting from EV's first ever Elves in the Village Christmas Market, it was retail therapy that everyone could feel good about.