Markets kindle shoppers’ spirits Saturday

Joe Gamm/News Tribune photo: 
Preston Priest, right, applies details to an origami palm tree while his sister Noelle Dehn steadies it Saturday morning, Nov. 25, 2023, at the annual Kristkindlmarkt at Central Church. The church hosts the market, along with a cookies sale and its Breakfast Bonanza, each year.
Joe Gamm/News Tribune photo: Preston Priest, right, applies details to an origami palm tree while his sister Noelle Dehn steadies it Saturday morning, Nov. 25, 2023, at the annual Kristkindlmarkt at Central Church. The church hosts the market, along with a cookies sale and its Breakfast Bonanza, each year.


Kristkindle Market, at Central Church of Jefferson City, was home to 1,000 cookies Saturday.

And crafts.

And breakfast.

Meanwhile, the similarly named Kristkindle Vendor Market, at Heisinger Bluffs, was home to crafts, businesses and door prizes.

Each had a variety of hand-made products to start the holiday shopping season, and many participants said they intended to shop at both.

Karole Jones, clinical liaison at Heisinger Bluffs, said the senior living community's event was the second it has done during the holiday season. It began doing Kristkindle during the spring more than three years ago.

"It's for the vendors so they can get their names out there and build their businesses," Jones said.

Another reason for the second event is a lot of people doing rehabilitation at the community may be stuck there, she said, and wouldn't be able to go out and go shopping.

"It usually goes very good," she said. "We are very busy and we just opened."

She said a new vendor this year just opened her business, as Meketa Clark, with Sacred Pearl Studio, offers homeopathic women's health products. Her most popular products are herbal feminine steam products, she said.

"It's just holistic health care," Clark said. "It's natural products. It can help some women alleviate a lot of issues."

Other vendors offered wood products, decorations, jewelry, cosmetics, jams, jellies and other products.

Robin Hudson hosted a table for Robin's Tumblers and More. She offered towels, coasters and some sensory products.

"This is my second fall," she said. "I did OK last year. Sometimes people take my card and I do special orders. Sometimes I'll do better with that."

A shopper at Kristkindle, Leslie Franklin said she and her mother always attend craft shows. It was early Saturday when they finished shopping at Kristkindle (their second stop), but they had plans to visit two more.

"We found some ornaments and smelly stuff," she said.

Franklin's first stop Saturday was Kriskindlemarkt, where she and her mother shared in the Breakfast Bonanza. It was part of Central Church's three-part sale -- the Breakfast Bonanza, Kristkindlmarkt and a cookie sale -- home to the aforementioned 1,000 cookies.

Breakfast Bonanza is normally only held on the second Saturday of the month, according to Rene Miserez, a coordinator of Kristkindlmarkt.

"It's a great display. You have to walk around," Miserez said. "Some of these artists are just so talented."

Preston Priest, with his sister Noelle Dehn, sat in the midst of the Kristkindlmarkt portion of the event and folded elaborate origami creations -- a talent he developed during the pandemic, said an interpreter for the hearing-impaired artist.

"I watched a lot of YouTube," Priest said through the interpreter. "I saw an explanation on how to do it. Some of the things, I made up myself."

He said his favorite is probably one of the peacocks he was selling.

At the back of the Kristkindlmarkt, Pamela Kormann bought a large painted tile and a stand for it from Paula Fairchild.

"These things are so cute!" Kormann said.

Fairchild had a variety of painted products. Behind her, in her booth, stood sections of cedar fence, each displaying a large painting.

She said she paints all year to prepare for the season.

"For the last four months," she said, "I have done a lot of painting. It's been good. They've been busy. They've had a lot of people come through."

  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune photo: Paula Fairchild, left, places a painted tile in a bag for Pamela Kormann on Saturday morning at the annual Kristkindlmarkt at Central Church. Fairchild painted the tile and also painted the segments of fence behind her.
 
 
  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune photo: Countless people stop by at the annual Kristkindlmarkt on Saturday morning at Central Church. The market is one of three activities that were offered Saturday in the church gym.
 
 
  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune photo: Preston Priest, right, applies details to an origami palm tree while his sister, Noelle Dehn, steadies it Saturday morning at the annual Kristkindlmarkt at Central Church.
 
 
  photo  Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: One of the vendors Saturday in Kristkindle Vendor Market at Heisinger Bluffs entertains shoppers.
 
 
  photo  Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: Numerous vendors sell their wares Saturday in Kristkindle Vendor Market at Heisinger Bluffs.
 
 
  photo  Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: Crystal Hanks, owner of New Girl Designs, sells her handmade stocking stuffers Saturday in Kristkindle Vendor Market at Heisinger Bluffs.
 
 
  photo  Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: Numerous vendors sell their wares Saturday in Kristkindle Vendor Market at Heisinger Bluffs.