Where can you go in Wilton to find a collection of several different artisans and vendors, offering a multitude of items as gift options for the upcoming Holiday season? At a new Holiday Market being held every weekend between now and Christmas at Home Decor and More (300 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7, at the intersection with Ridgefield Rd./Rte. 33).
Wilton residents Tom and Denise Kedzierski are the proprietors of Home Decor and More, with the majority of what they sell meant for the outdoors. Because outdoor furniture is so seasonal, they have typically closed down from November through February. But this winter they decided to put the store to an extra use.
“This year we decided, we have that space and we have our merchandise there. Why don’t we do a holiday market, invite some vendors over, give some local artisans and vendors a chance to participate,” explains Denise.
They saw it as a great way to give some local, small home-grown businesses an opportunity, she adds.
“My husband and I are really big into trying to promote small businesses, I’m from Norwalk originally and I’ve always loved Wilton. Nowadays it’s hard because a lot of the businesses are closing. There’s not much out there. So we came up with this idea and everyone that comes into the store is like, ‘This is so great that you’re doing this.'”
While the list of participating vendors can change slightly week to week, there are always a wide variety from which to shop. Among the vendors that shoppers will find are Michele Rothwell Four Colors; ArMida’s Jewels; Janice Tupperware; K. Ray Scully-LaRose Rocks & Metal Rings & Jewelry Co.; Rose’s Cookies; Studio Potter; Alison C Designs; Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski; JJ Pets; JoDee’s Designs; Arbonne International; Cody’s Pets; and of course their own Home Decor & More offerings.
In addition there are always food trucks parked outside to make sure that shoppers keep their energy up and can grab a bite or a refreshment. These have included Bubble & Brew, Ripka’s on the Road Food Truck, and Crazy Taco Mex Food Truck. Denise notes that there’s indoor seating for shoppers who want to sit and enjoy.
“It’s making everybody happy. The vendors we have are so nice. We have, jewelry, handmade pottery, shortbread cookies. One sells these beautiful pillows and cashmere throws, beautiful artwork, pet accessories. We have Tupperware too–she’s so busy! We sell some wreaths too. And we also have someone coming that makes ornaments–she hand needlepoints and monograms them,” Denise says.
She adds that customers have found the market experience to be very personal. “The vendors cannot be nicer, we really have a lovely group of people.”
The Market is open every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with the likelihood that they’ll add Black Friday too.
Growing up in Norwalk, Denise loved Wilton and now that she’s a resident she thought this would add some local charm to town. “I thought this would be something to bring back to Wilton and I can’t tell you how many people come and say, ‘This is so great. We need this in our town. It’s great too, with local vendors and stuff that you can’t find any place else.”