Peggy Smith, mayor of Charles Town, said she got the idea to host a citywide marketplace after visiting the Christmas on the Hill craft show in Myersville, Maryland, on Black Friday.
"For three days, they fill a large house with craft vendors with everything from candles, jewelry, bath and body products and wreaths.
The checkout line was three rooms deep," Smith
"I thought, 'We could do this in Charles Town
, but we need a place.'"
suggested hosting a Christmas market in Charles Town
to a networking group she
was meeting with at the American Public University technology center.
Members of the group worked to secure two empty storefronts on Washington Street as craft vendor spaces and organized the lineup of participating crafters and businesses.
"There will be five vendor locations, total, and most of the merchants downtown have joined this event.
There will be vendors from the Charles Town
Farmers Market too, so it will truly be a marketplace and most of downtown Charles Town will be involved," Smith
Sandwich boards will be placed outside the five vendor locations, and red and green balloons will be outside every small business that is participating in the event.
"I'm very excited about this because it's a great way to support local crafters with unique gifts," Smith