Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace to return to Historic Entler Hotel this weekend
SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Historic Entler Hotel is once again hosting the Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace, which will be featuring juried artisan crafts and baked goods for its final weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
The marketplace, which has been held in the hotel for over 25 years, was founded by fiber artist Judy Williamson. A few years later, baker Susie Wimer joined Williamson as a co-coordinator of the event.
“Shepherdstown’s always a popular place during the holiday season — it’s less stressful than malls in shopping season. And there are so many unique gifts shoppers can find here!” Wimer said, in between greeting customers.
While Wimer is a baker, specializing in fruit pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, jams and jellies, for the Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace, she sells peppermint bark, chocolate orange bark, handmade Christmas wreaths and decorations made out of locally-sourced holly and evergreen branches.
“I’m a farmer’s market vendor, so I usually don’t get to make greenery,” Wimer said, mentioning that it adds to the variety of items available at the marketplace. “Judy has the clothes and things back in the second room of the hotel, and I have the food and wreaths up here. We have some new and returning vendors this year.
“We have one more weekend, but since it’s right before Christmas, I’ll have less greenery available and will have some Christmas pies here. People can also come in and order pies for me to make, which I can deliver to them on Christmas Eve,” Wimer said, mentioning she delivers pies throughout Jefferson County every year on Christmas Eve.
Outside of Wimer and Williamson, each weekend has featured a new group of artisans selling baked goods, jewelry, candles, upcycled birdhouses and art. For many of the artisans, the marketplace is one of their favorite places to sell.
“This is my second year with Susie and Judy–their friendliness, quality of artistic taste and the elegance of the show are what made me want to sell here again,” said Harper Studio Contemporary Wreaths owner Terri Mand, of Charles Town. “I feel very honored to be here. Shepherdstown attracts people from Virginia and D.C., who are looking for unique pieces of artwork that are better quality and one-of-a-kind.”
The event’s turnout on Saturday was more than Wimer said she had anticipated. One of the new visitors to the marketplace included Susan Funke, who moved to Shepherdstown in July. Funke works in Hagerstown, Md., but after visiting Shepherdstown with her daughter, who is a senior at Shepherd University, realized she wanted to move to town.
“We love the area, so we moved here,” Funke said, mentioning she was shopping for Christmas gifts at the marketplace. “I like to shop local and support artisans. I’m looking for special gifts that are a little different, and am almost done shopping!”