An Announcement from the Women’s Gifts’ Founders:
Over 20 years ago, Carrie Marcotte, Bernadette Hoppe, and Gwennor Jones had a vision to create a marketplace for local women to sell handcrafted creations. This vision evolved into Women's Gifts. It has outgrown three different venues, enjoyed changes in leadership, and emerged as the pre-eminent local art and craft show. When Gwenn Jones moved to Paris, Monica Brown and Kathy Shiroki joined our team. It is now time for Women's Gifts to find equally creative minds so we may step down. As the founders of Women’s Gifts, we are excited to partner with the West Side Stitchery collective as they begin to take over our beloved event to make it their own.
We look forward to seeing the energy and creativity that Jillian, Carlene, and Heather (the West Side Stitchery collective) will bring to Women's Gifts. This event has been a source of tremendous pride and we are thrilled that we found the perfect successors to carry on the tradition of supporting local women's creativity.
From the founders, forever in sisterhood,
Bernadette Hoppe, Carrie Marcotte, and Kathy Shiroki
An Invitation to You:
Collectively known as West Side Stitchery, we are both honored and excited to take on the legacy that has become Women’s Gifts! We hope to continue to provide a unique space for female artisans, entrepreneurs, and performers, to share their talents with our vibrant Buffalo communities. As a female-owned small business, we value the skill and resolve that you have all brought to Women’s Gifts over the years.
To carry on this tradition, we invite you to participate in the 21st annual Women’s Gifts, a celebration of women’s creativity. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 25th from 10-4, at Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. As a part of Small Business Saturday, Women’s Gifts’ vendors will be promoted in an effort to highlight the value of local artisans and shopping local.
Please note we are specifically seeking women to sell their handmade goods and services. As always, there will be musicians performing throughout the day, and food and drink will be available for purchase. There is no admission fee for shoppers attending this event. We strongly encourage each vendor to have an item available for $25 or under.
The registration fee for a table is $120. However, once again, we are inviting women ages 25 years old or younger to register at a discounted fee of $95. We want to encourage passion and creativity in young women and we hope that by continuing this offer we can offer the inspiration needed to fuel that. (Please send proof of age with your application, such as a copy of a driver’s license or valid ID.)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at BuffaloWomensGifts@gmail.com. We look forward to your participation in this one-of-a-kind event!
In sisterhood and solidarity,
Jillian Nowak, Carlene Derkovitz, and Heather Nowak