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Central Coast Living: Holiday Makeshift Makers Market brings small business to downtown SLO

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 12, 2019

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have came and went, but this weekend, you'll have a chance to buy those last minute gifts locally.

The upcoming Makeshift Makers Market on Saturday and Sunday will be held inside the new Hotel San Luis Obispo in downtown.

"We have about 30 plus makers a day coming in to shop local and let the public give back to their local economy," Rebecca Winsell said, co-founder of Makeshift Makers.

The event will also help put you in the holiday spirit.

"Hotel SLO is putting on a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. There is going to be wreath making workshop. Live music, great food. Just fun for the whole family and its free to attend."

Makeshift Makers Market provides the opportunity for small business owners without a shop to sell directly face to face with customers.

"There are so many small business owners in SLO and its not feasible to rent an actual brick and mortar store so we're giving people the opportunity to create their shop for the day," Angela Boyd said, the other co-founder of the group. "And the whole thing behind the Makers is they are so passionate about what they do so it's the owner of the brand and business being able to share their story, why they think this product is so important."

The events that happen throughout the Golden State, Winsell and Boyd say, help a business grow without the brick and mortar storefront.

"What we've seen with our makers is the more markets they attend, the more people are recognizing their brand and them. And their sales are going up. And its exciting to see them grow as a company," Winsell said. "So it's awesome. I think the market is a really symbiotic thing not only for the venue and for us, but for the makers as well. It's a great experience all around."

The fun kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday at Hotel San Luis Obispo.

You can learn more here.