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#ThisisTucson hosts second artisan market

Local maker Alex Berger, a returning vendor at the market. Courtesy of #This is Tucson.
Local maker Alex Berger, a returning vendor at the market. Courtesy of #This is Tucson.

#ThisisTucson is hosting “Tucson Together,” its second artisan market, on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at 55 N. Fifth Ave. 

Gloria Knott, editor of local newspaper #ThisisTucson, said how the papers mission is to “foster a community that knows and loves Tucson.” Knott and staff for the newspaper write articles about events happening in Tucson, new places to eat, things to do and so much more. 

“We just want to support the local artists in our community and encourage people to shop local,” Knott said. 

The artisan event this year will highlight 100 local businesses ranging from jewelry, macrame, candles, soaps, baked goods and more. There will also be three food trucks in attendance including Purple Tree Organic Acai Blends, Espressoul Cafe and OaxaRico. 

One new addition to this year’s event will be Tucson Museum of Art who will be providing an art-making station.

According to Knott, #ThisisTucson will also have its own tent where it will be hosting a scavenger hunt. Once attendees finish the scavenger hunt, they can be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes.

Youth On Their Own, a non-profit organization founded by Ann Young in 1986, will be hosting a donation drive at the #ThisisTucson artisan market in order to help the organizations mission of “supporting the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness,” according to Young.

Bethany Neumann, the director of development and communications at Youth On Their Own, said non-perishable food items, full-size hygiene products and school supplies are products that it will be accepting. 

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to donate and support Youth On Their Own, visit the website for more information.

Tucson Tome Gnome, a non-profit organization that focuses on sharing books with the community, will be hiding a total of 10 free books written by Arizona authors at the event. 

Emily Walsh, co-founder and board president of Tucson Tome Gnome, said, “This is the very first time we are actually going to have Tucson Tome Gnome merch […] all the proceeds from that will go straight into the non-profit to hide books.”

As well as hiding books, Tucson Tome Gnome will have a table set up where it will be selling tote bags, buttons and a special edition sticker. 

“It’s really just a beautiful space to support local artisans, our community, our non-profits so for us it’s just a nice opportunity to connect with people in person in a way that we don’t often get too,” Walsh said.

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