5 Reasons to Shop NYC’s Grand Central Holiday Fair

If you’re one of the million (literally) people who pass through New York City’s Grand Central Station each day, holiday shopping is a whole lot easier with a  swing by the Holiday Fair just off the station’s iconic main hall.

In a carefully curated and inventive collection of vendors and artisans, this is a pop-up market with a soul. A clear emphasis on locally sourced and socially conscious businesses rests easy with the range of unique, whimsical and high-quality goods on offer – no tacky “covered clothes pin” ornaments here. No jellies, no cutesy pet gifts either. Just great stuff.

Here are (at least) 5 reasons why you should check it out and a map to guide you. 

1. Danielle Gori-Montanelli

Really – it’s felt. Felt-fashioned jewelry – inspired by licorice and candied “fruit slices”,  succulents and Escher geometric designs. Not to mention pencils, couches, well, you get the idea. Necklaces too, in rainbow colors. IMG_0088.jpg



2. Skendzic PhotographyIMG_0061.jpg

These prints capture New York, even the most unlikely public spaces,  in a golden tones, literally. Landscapes, too, are the included in the series, in two sizes, framed or unframed. IMG_0065.jpg


3. Cate and Levi

The cutest hand puppets, children’s hats and slippers. Bet you can’t buy just one thing….img_0069



4. In 2 design  Of the several lovely booths featuring women’s accessories this one is a stand-out; jewelry worn simply or combined as a “statement”.  Perfect for playing secret Santa or, you know, a bit of self-gifting most of us are guilty of (ahem).




5. Raw Design

Nothing but pepper mills (a bit of salt thrown in, too) but what fun!  IMG_0073.jpg



Also of note….

Woodstock Mobiles  Unleash your inner Calder; these are very cool – I wish I had the space.

Nancy Zylstra, Swanky Belts  Handmade buckles, just beautiful art for the waist. Perfect gift for the HIM on your list, or see women’s line in link. I covet them. IMG_0056.JPG

– The Glass Haus  A collaborative of three glass blowers.  Your rescue for that hostess gift you forgot to buy, or a quick souvenir from the city. Seasonal, fun and tasteful. IMG_0053.jpg

Holiday pick-me-up – with wonderfully fresh Nordic-inspired bites, coffee or the all-important cocktail.  Just across from the market.  Happily, this is permanent.


Smoked salmon snack….yum!


Happy shopping!!



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