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)

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.

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.