Where to find a unique gift while boosting local artists and downtown Shelton

The Downtown Handmade Market, with artisan vendors, held an opening celebration on Black Friday, attracting a large crowd for shopping, live music and refreshments. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Danielle Duncan sells prints of her work, including the one she is holding of a young woman who appears to resemble her, at the Downtown Handmade Market in Shelton. Duncan also is a maker of hula hoops.

Danielle Duncan sells prints of her work, including the one she is holding of a young woman who appears to resemble her, at the Downtown Handmade Market in Shelton. Duncan also is a maker of hula hoops.

The event took place in the Conti Building at 415 Howe Ave. in downtown Shelton.

The market continues weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Christmas, including this weekend on Dec. 6. It is free and open to the public.

People check out the vendors at the Downtown Handmade Market opening celebration.

People check out the vendors at the Downtown Handmade Market opening celebration.

It is part of Celebrate Shelton, a citywide initiative begun by two small business owners who operate out of the Conti Building — Michael Skrtic, owner of the Glass Source Studio, and Nicole Heriot-Mikula, owner of bringtheHoopla.

Nicole Heriot-Mikula of bringtheHoopla and Michael Skrtic of the Glass Source Studio, pose at the market’s opening celebration.

Nicole Heriot-Mikula of bringtheHoopla and Michael Skrtic of the Glass Source Studio, pose at the market’s opening celebration.

Karen Eissler, left, and her mom Liz Staron, look at glass products — including a stained glass lamp — during the Friday night opening of the Downtown Handmade Market in Shelton, designed to highlight local artists, crafters and other creative small businesses.

Karen Eissler, left, and her mom Liz Staron, look at glass products — including a stained glass lamp — during the Friday night opening of the Downtown Handmade Market in Shelton, designed to highlight local artists, crafters and other creative small businesses.

Hannah Fair provides live entertainment on the market’s opening night.

Hannah Fair provides live entertainment on the market’s opening night.

Nicole Heriot-Mikula with Sarah Murphy in the bringtheHoopla shop.

Nicole Heriot-Mikula with Sarah Murphy in the bringtheHoopla shop.

Items for sale inside the Glass Source Studio.

Items for sale inside the Glass Source Studio.

 

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