As part of its ongoing efforts to get shoppers to visit downtown, Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. will host the second annual Mistletoe Market today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Stormy’s Music Venue, 208 Front St.
Tekla Wlodarczyk Nunez is in charge of the DBDI “Funraising” Committee, working to raise funds for the Fall Festival, Earth Day, Holiday Parade, mural maintenance and other projects. A donation of $5 is being requested for admission and shoppers may choose gifts handcrafted by local artists, participate in raffles and hourly drawings, enjoy complimentary snacks and more. Kyle and Lindsay Storm will be concocting a special drink for the event (with or without alcohol), along with other drink specials. Music will be played to help capture the holiday spirit.
“We have more than a dozen vendors who make things by hand, with many that are holiday and gift-giving related,” Nunez said. “One will be selling pickled vegetables and beef jerky. One will hold a pop-up book sale. More than one will be selling handcrafted jewelry, and we have two vendors who will be offering pet gifts for four-footed family members.”
Nunez is especially excited about this year’s American Bank commemorative mural ornament which will be available that night. They sell for $20 each. They are stamped gold-tone frames with an enameled American Bank mural in the center. Last year’s Glider Pilots of D Day ornament is also available and may be purchased with the bank ornament for $35.
Other Mural Festival merchandise will also be featured, including travertine coasters with Dodge County Fair designs and the ever-popular mugs, paintbrush pens, tool caddies and cloth shopping bags.
Rainbow viewing glasses, to take full advantage of this year’s “Swan City Holiday Light Display,” feature the DBDI logo and a pair of dancing beavers. They will be available for $3 each or two for $5.
In addition to the marketplace, Center Plaza next door at 200 Front St. will hold an open house with free snacks and beverages. Building renovations and the services housed there will be highlighted.
The ultimate goal is to get area residents to walk around downtown and see the many shopping and services offered there.
“It’s a great opportunity to buy locally and support our downtown businesses,” Nunez said. “It’s all part of DBDI’s mission to recapture the vitality of downtown’s past, and to assure the success of the people who invest so much into the heart of our city.”
She added, “We encourage people to come, to relax and have fun,” Nunez said. “It will be a great opportunity to view the holiday windows, to share in the downtown holiday spirit and to find some terrific gifts. We guarantee to have something for almost every person on your gift list — no matter how hard they are to buy for.”