Find holiday gifts at Prestige Creative Markets' Winter Wonderland
Prestige Creative Markets + Nursery will hold its first Winter Wonderland from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17.
The event will include live music from School of Rock from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days; raffles for holiday decor, gift baskets and gift certificates; and handmade treats and tastings. Admission is free.
Prestige Creative Markets + Nursery is in Bartlett, but has a West Chicago address, 28W761 Army Trail Road, West Chicago. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/PrestigeCreativeMarkets/.
Prestige Creative Markets + Nursery features 90 vendors selling a variety of items, including handcrafted, vintage, modern home décor, furniture and lifestyle goods, according to manager Steve Seyller.
Vendors display their merchandise inside an 8,000-square-foot space, which centers around a 100-year-old renovated barn.
The venue features handblown glass, original artwork, books by local authors, boutique-style and handmade jewelry and clothing, a curated selection of antiques and a variety of natural soaps, soy candles, local honey, teas, candy, coffees and other sundries and gifts.
"Our Winter Wonderland event will showcase a collective effort to provide shoppers from around the region with an extraordinary variety of gifts, décor and more, as well as live music, tastings and photo ops," Seyller said.
"Our participation in Small Business Saturday (on Nov. 30) shines the spotlight on the 90 small business owners who have chosen Prestige as a venue to preview their talents."
Carol Stream husband and wife Jenay Safranski and Steve Seyller -- owners of Elgin-based Elite Barnwood -- saw an opportunity for the historic barn that had been the centerpiece of the former Prestige Nursery Center founded in 1969 by Al and Ginny Wawak.
Seyller and Safranski, joined by Steve's mother, Gail Seyller, parceled out the former "stalls" on the barn's ground floor, as well as the adjoining silo room, atrium, courtyard, hen house and second-floor hayloft, with the hope of creating a multi-vendor shopping experience.
The relaunch of the Prestige brand in June marked the 50th anniversary in business for the Wawak family.
An estimated 97 percent of shops at Prestige Creative Markets + Nursery are small, female-owned businesses. Marie Morgan, proprietor of Primitives by Old Lady Morgan, has run her own successful business for more than 25 years.
For those who cannot attend the Winter Wonderland event, Prestige's regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.