So last week we fast-walked up to Canal Street to check out the new Canal Street Market. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we were really pleasantly surprised. What we found is a raw warehouse-y venue sectioned off into smaller booths with a curated group of Artisan-led vendors.
Once you walk in the door, you are first met by a large display of Mast Brothers chocolates, which always puts us in a good mood. Besides the chocolates being delicious, the pretty vintage inspired wrapping paper makes a really attractive presentation. For this reason, the chocolate bars make great gifts!
The rest of the market is populated with really cool Artisan-made goods. It’s like the holiday market from Bryant Park or Union Square, but for and by the cool kids. Lots of home goods including ceramics, candles and wall decor; some beautifully done gold jewelry; lots of items perfect for gifting. How it works is that the brands rent their space from the Canal Street Market for one month, three months or indefinitely. The rotating roster of brands are listed on the website found here: Canal Street Market website.
For hungry shoppers, Fresh & Co, Alidoro will soon be joined by other food vendors. Thirsty? There’s coffee and bubble tea from the Boba Guys.
Of the 20 or so booths at the Canal Street Market, one of our favorites was KEAP, a company which makes these cool candles that smell amazing- there are four different scents – waves, hot springs, wood cabin and green market. And I could just stop there, but there’s more! The partners in KEAP met on KEAP Street in Brooklyn, and started making candles out of their kitchen. And not only are these candles made of natural ingredients (coconut based wax), not only do they smell amazing (four natural smelling scents), not only can you upcycle the glasses they come in (no waste!), but these dudes have partnered with SolarAid to bring solar lamps to communities who need light. So for every candle you buy, someone in Africa gets a sorely needed solar lamp. At $35 per candle, we can’t see a downside at all. Buy them at Canal Street Market or here on their website.
Our verdict on Canal Street Market? If you value design and innovation in your gift giving and/ or in your life, it’s definitely worth a visit. The majority of the products are really special and only for sale in a few locations so you are not in danger or getting someone something that they already have. And it’s on the stretch of Canal Street before the hustle bustle of Chinatown truly starts so you can roll it into a Tribeca or Soho shopping crawl.
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