Holiday shopping event features smal small businesses, crafters

In the midst of the 2015- holiday shopping season, Art + Flea announces a partnership with The Office of Economic Development (OED) and Mayor Kirk Caldwell to present “HOLIDAZE Chinatown Market.”

“The City is focusing on Chinatown per the Transit-Oriented Development Chinatown Action Plan. One of the main takeway points during community meetings regarding the Plan was that more activities were desired, especially on the weekends and during the day. This is one way the City is responding to that community desire,” explains Nicole Velasco, executive director of the OED.

OED chose to team with Art+Flea because “Art+Flea is Honolulu – and Hawaii’s – expert on popup shops. It is locally-owned, and has been hosting extremely popular popup markets for the past five years. We wanted to team up with the experts, and their vision of bringing something complementary to Chinatown’s brick and mortars through their vendors fit well with OED’s goal,” adds Velasco.

The event will be held on Saturday, December 19 in the intersection of Nuuanu Avenue and Pauahi Street from 12 p.m. – 5  p.m. The shopping event will be free, open to all ages, and will feature local vendors offering fashion, art, entertainment with special offerings, food and more from participating merchants in Chinatown.

“We want to help drive a thriving shopping experience in Chinatown that involves the existing Chinatown merchants,” Art + Flea Founder Aly Ishikuni-Sasaki said. “Help our economy stay vibrant by shopping locally with Hawaii’s local small businesses in a historic and important part of our city’s landscape.”

Pete Ulatan, Art+Flea brand manager, assures, “Art+Flea vendors will complement existing small businesses in the area. We carefully selected vendors whose items do not compete directly with the goods sold by brick and mortars, but rather, complement them. We are also encouraging event attendees to go to the local restaurants in the area that day.”

Additionally, Mark’s Garage will be hosting a scavenger hunt in Chinatown. Shoppers can pick up cards at Arts at Mark’s Garage to Win a $50 Bar 35 Gift Card or Dirty South Tickets (Jan 2 at The Republik – presented by Bamp Project. The festivities will also feature entertainment from KTUH, Pow Wow School of Music, The Willards, and Scott Ohtoro. Secret Record Store, will be setting up shop at Arts and Marks Garage to spin tunes and host a mobile pop-up vinyl record store that sells a range from Jass to Punk to Soul & Reggae.

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