PRESS PHOTOs BY Chloe GoldsteinAnita Mitchell, local candle and aroma vendor, says “We have hand-crafted gemstones and everything is aroma friendly. We also have some special oil blends. I think that people attach memory to smells, and we’ve been making gift variety sets. It’s becoming harder to find essential oils, which is what people are really looking for.”
Herb and Beverly Cruikshank, local merchants, say, “We’re from Mountaintop. We like to come down here to shop because it has different and unique stores and it’s so festive. It is the Christmas City, with one of a kind items that are local.”
Carolyn Kovacs, a local mustard vendor, explains, “They’re gourmet flavors of mustards, great for cooking and dipping foods. These are great gift giving for the holidays when you don’t know what to get. Wasabi and garlic are the most popular flavors.”
Khrista Gover, the merchant at Bath Bomb stand says, “I bought the toy surprise for my nieces and nephews. I like this village because it is quaint and I grew up near Bethlehem and this is where you go.”
Elizabeth Powlasinski is a holiday ceramics vendor, and says, “My mom, Terri Powlasinski, and I sell handmade ceramics. I take it from start to finish and glaze and fire. Each tree takes up to 20 or more hours. My mom does a lot of the glazing and I do a lot of the painting.”
Cliff Chuba, is the merchant at lip balm stand “I went to the lip balm, mustard and hot chocolate stands. The lip balm was the best, I bought the French vanilla. It was a spontaneous stop on our journey.”
Behind the scenes At Christmas City Village
The Christmas City Village Weihnachtsmarkt, located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem, is a hidden gem amid the rest of the excitement from the Main Street shops. When you walk past the Tavern at the Sun Inn you enter a little village of local vendors selling a variety of products that are festive for the holiday season. The village has a serene atmosphere, with plenty of space to walk around, engage with other shoppers and vendors, and shop at a slower pace. From assorted mustards, to honey, soaps, candles, lip balms, Christmas tree trinkets, and more there are intricate gift ideas for loved ones, coworkers and friends.