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For the first time, The Pfister Hotel will house a Holiday Marketplace in the former Roger Stevens Menswear space on the ground floor of the hotel. "Right next to the lions," says curator Renee Bebeau, referencing the large lion statues in The Pfister lobby.
The Marketplace will offer handmade gifts made by 40 visual artists, including jewelry, ceramics, clothing, scarves, pillows, soaps, sculptures, paintings and a diverse selection of books by local authors.
"It will be chock-full of great Milwaukee work," says Bebeau.
Prices range from a few dollars to $100, with most items priced between $20-50.
The Marketplace will also house a music section, where local musicians’ CDs, vinyl albums and clothing will be for sale. A listening station will allow customers to hear the music before purchasing and everyone who does buy something will be automatically entered into a raffle to win an iPod loaded with Milwaukee music. Local musician WC Tank is helping Bebeau organize the music portion of the Marketplace.
The Marketplace will also have a section with dog-related gifts such as leather dog collars, beds, treats, photos, cards and more. "The Pfister is a dog-friendly hotel," says Bebeau.
Live music and readings will occur sporadically throughout the month of operation. Bebeau and guests will teach various classes in the space as well, including a mirror-etching class and a letter writing class on vintage typewriters. There will also be free classes, such as snowflake cutting.
Here are the class times, dates and prices.
Bebeau is happy to bring another boutique supporting local artists into the holiday shopping arena.
"When you buy something made by an artist, you are directly supporting that artist’s life," says Bebeau. "Most of the gifts are one-of-a-kind and they are more interesting, unique and fun than what you will find in a mall."
The Pfister Holiday Marketplace will be open starting on Friday, Nov. 27, from 3 to 10 p.m. The band Nineteen Thirteen will play in the Marketplace at 8 p.m. to mark the grand opening.
The Marketplace will be open through Thursday, Dec. 24. Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas week, it will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, 10 to 3 p.m.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.