The Made in Philadelphia Market and Christmas Village have returned to Center City with over 120 local vendors for holiday shoppers to support. Bella U is a family-owned boutique from Ocean City and has been involved in the Made in Philadelphia Market since it began nine years ago. Their homemade sports apparel items have become their best sellers over the last few years, including Eagles sweatshirts, Flyers hoodies, and Sixers long-sleeves. Woops! Macarons are not only a familiar face, but a market favorite. The shop based out of Cherry Hill has established itself as a holiday staple, with its popular flavors like red velvet, birthday cake, and Nutella.
Just across the street from the Made in Philadelphia market lies the Christmas Village, another holiday market jam-packed with food, shopping, and fun. LA 21 is a nonprofit organization sponsoring seven Black woman-owned businesses. Fiona McCoy brought her crystal healing business to the Christmas Village for the very first time and is already hoping to return next year. McCoy said “when I first got here, it was like something that I manifested. I was across the street like ‘maybe next year.’ So maybe next year it’s the goal to have my own space.” Stefani Threet leads Ceramic Concept. She has shared spaces with others before, but will have her own area this year since LA 21 redesigned its space.
Giavana Suraci, the Center City District Senior Manager of Retail Marketing and Events, believes the holiday festivities bring out the best in Philadelphia. According to Suraci, “If you really want to get the Philadelphia experience, especially during the holidays, Center City is the only place you need to visit.”