What better way to kick off the holiday party season than with the ALIVE Magazine Handmade Holiday party? This year, ALIVE switched it up from their usual swanky affair and invited several vendors that sell locally sourced handmade goods. ALIVE turned the Monarch in Maplewood into a sprawling boutique with something for everyone. The space had all the trappings of a cozy flea market with friendly vendors, sparkling booths, samples to try, and even a gentlemen’s lounge. The gentlemen’s lounge/emporium was a great space for men to chill out, have a drink, and shop men’s goods. That meant no following around wives/girlfriends while they shopped or searching for stalls relevant to men.
It was also the first real snow of the season here in St. Louis, which added to the memorable holiday atmosphere. It was a chance to discover new emerging designers with incredible talents for creating jewelry, soaps, leather goods, chocolates, stationery, and more.
Some of my favorite vendors included:
BelleStyle Bijoux: Find gorgeous handmade jewelry featuring druzy, mixed semi-precious stones, and healing crystals.
Pink Picker Party: For handmade party products like embellished mason jars, as well as finishing touches like chevron straws, embellished wooden spoons, and colorful drink flags. They also made the playful photo props for the party (pictured up top).
Buddha Bath & Body: So many refreshing soaps, artfully arranged gift boxes, candles, and bath products. Perfect for a holiday gift.
Lily Dawson Designs: Stunning statement necklaces and earrings. I bought a pair of sparkling crystal and pyrite earrings I could not resist!
Fable & Lore: Handmade wooden and crystal necklaces that have a simple, yet elegant feel.
Native Pops: Gourmet ice pops that blend crazy flavors like pineapple, jalapeño and grape.
Blissoma: Holistic skincare and apothecary products that are certified vegan and cruelty-free.
The Patterned Owl: For quirky and original greeting cards you can’t get anywhere else.
Zettie’s Confections: Yummy homemade toffee from their grandmother’s recipe. I ate an entire box in one day and I am itching to buy more.
Afterwards, we headed across the street to Boogaloo for Cuban/Caribbean cuisine – try the Jerk Chicken Wings and the Plaintain Tostones. So good! The best moment of the night was watching my friend power walk in the snow wearing her sparkling stiletto heels. Needless to say, people on the street were impressed with her skills!