Fused glass coasters by Drew Kail.

501 Braddock Avenue
December 12
2 – 7 p.m.

If you’ve been keeping up with the (local and national) buzz about Braddock but have yet to explore its ever-evolving post-industrial terrain, there’s no better time than this Saturday’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Not to mention it’s a perfect way to cross those last items off your gift list and feel good about supporting local makers and locally sourced products.

The Tiny Torch jewelry by Jenny Soracco.
The Tiny Torch jewelry by Jenny Soracco.

A one-day only sale, the festive Handmade in Braddock Holiday Pop-Up Shop features the latest work of talented makers, bakers and artists who all live and work in the greater Braddock area.

Setting up shop from 2 to 7 p.m. at 501 Braddock Avenue, the homegrown pop-up market will showcase wares by 14 diverse vendors.

Leather earrings by Alyssa Kail.
Leather earrings by Alyssa Kail.

Featured products for sale include fused glass coasters, cups and bowls, pottery, small paintings, soaps, baked goods, a variety of jewelry designs and more. Prices range from $20 to $100.

The marketplace will be conveniently situated across the street from Braddock’s own Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, where shoppers can satisfy their hunger and thirst with local fare. On the same day from 5 to 10 p.m., the brewery will host its monthly Food Truck Roundup, complete with eight local grub purveyors, DJs and plenty of tasty microbrews.

With a twist on Trenton, New Jersey’s iconic Lower Free Bridge, which boats the timeless message reading “Trenton Makes The World Takes”—and a reference to the Mon Valley town’s rich legacy in steel production—the market’s flyer reads “What Braddock Makes the World Takes.” And in the 21st-century, Braddock is busy welcoming all kinds of new makers on a regular basis.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.