Shoppers seeking unique holiday gifts will again have a wide variety of choices at the second annual MESO Makers Winter Market, opening Sunday, Dec. 4, at Alberta Commons, 376 N.E. Sumner St. in Portland. Hosted by the nonprofit Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), the free market will run until Dec. 23. The hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
All the local small businesses represented at the three-week market are primarily BIPOC- and women-owned clients of MESO. Shoppers will be able to purchase products that include beauty, body and hair care items, jewelry, art and apparel. This family-friendly event is open to all ages. Weekends will include chair massages, beard grooming and henna tattoos. MESO staff will work at the market, allowing the entrepreneurs to continue working their day jobs or managing their own store locations.