Shop Local at the SHS Holiday Mart

Holiday Mart (1) (Custom)With the holiday season just around the corner, Swope Health Services is offering a way to help you get ahead of the shopping rush.

This year, the annual SHS Holiday Mart moves to November!

The Holiday Mart runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the activity rooms in Building C at SHS Central. The event is free and open to the public.

The activity rooms are transformed into a retail extravaganza, packed with tables featuring local shops, crafts and artists.

You’ll find clothing, jewelry, books, accessories, artwork, furnishings – and more. Last year’s Holiday Mart also included beauty products, handbags, food items and home decorations.

The event raises money by charging a $30 fee for local area retailers to set up shop in the Mart.

Holiday Mart (2) (Custom)“This entire event serves a purpose beyond shopping and getting ready for the holidays,” said Sonya Bolden-Oakley, Supervisor, Adult Day Program in the Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program.

“All proceeds from the event go directly to the Day Program. This event makes it possible for us to provide a Holiday party and small gifts for our clients.”

The Day Program offers a range of group activities for adults, ranging from learning gardening skills to cooking programs and art activities.

The program serves 78 adults, Monday through Friday, teaching them coping and communications skills, while also helping them build teamwork through everyday activities.

Participants often share personal experiences and provide support to each other through the program.

Shop LunchThis year, participants in the art activities will offer items for sale, including unique painted furniture and other decorative arts.

Our 2018 Holiday Mart retailers include Micah’s Boutique, Final Touch Jewelry & Accessories, Shining Stars/Paparazzi Accessories, Heels On Wheels, Jewels Boutique and Hand Decorated Christmas Ornaments.  There are more to come, said Sonya.

If you’d like to participate as a vendor in the Holiday Mart, contact Sonya Bolden-Oakley, 816-599-5263 or sbolden-oakley@swopehealth.org.

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