Ladies In Leadership host 3d annual holiday market

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press

The Prosper Ladies in Leadership and Prosper Chamber of Commerce hosted a vendor fair on November 13th.  All vendors were local, from either Prosper or nearby areas, with the focus on Christmas gift shopping.  The hosts gave each attendee a gift bag and all adults got a mimosa to sip as they shopped.   

Chamber member Patsy Noriega helped organize the event. 

Vendors at the Nov. 13 event were local, representing Prosper or the nearby community, with the focus on shopping local for the Christmas season.

“I am part of the Ladies in Leadership group through the Prosper Chamber of Commerce.” Noriega said.  “We have done this market three years, and this is our biggest event so far.  This year we have fifty vendors.  Our plan is for Prosper to have their own Holiday Market in Town.” 

“Every vendor here is from either Prosper, McKinney, or Frisco,” Noriega said.  “We made sure that there are no vendors selling the same type of items so there is a great variety.  We want people to go out, have a good time, and be able to get started on their Christmas shopping.  It is so important to shop local when we can, so that was one of the main reasons for this market.” 

Vendors at the Nov. 13 event were local, representing Prosper or the nearby community, with the focus on shopping local for the Christmas season.

“We start planning this event in June, and the vendors get really excited about this market,” Noriega said.  “Everyone made their booths look great and so Christmas-y.  From all the feedback I have gotten from those selling things, they enjoy this event.”

“The customers seem to be having a great time,” Noriega said.  “It is festive and a great way to spend a Saturday.  I see a lot of people leaving booths with bags, so that tells me they are finding what they are needing for gifts.  There really is a great atmosphere here.”   

Shopper Cleotha Buckhaulter was shopping at the event. 

“My daughter found this event, this is our first time,” Buckhaulter said.  “This is just great.  It feels like Christmas in here.  I love to shop anyhow, but Christmas shopping really is the best.  I am finding unique things here too, so I know when people open the present they are going to feel special because it is something different than what they see in the big stores.”   

Vendors at the Nov. 13 event were local, representing Prosper or the nearby community, with the focus on shopping local for the Christmas season.

Kristie Davern and her ten year old daughter Brianna were shopping together at the event. 

“We decided to come out as a group with friends, just to spend time together,” Kristie Davern said.  “Local shopping is important to me because I would rather support the local economy rather than big businesses and places overseas. We need to keep our dollars close to home.”

“I found hot chocolate reindeer and a very pretty bracelet,” Brianna said. “I like looking at all the things, and there are things that are good for kids and grownups.” 

Vendors at the Nov. 13 event were local, representing Prosper or the nearby community, with the focus on shopping local for the Christmas season.

Liz Arnold is a vendor for a local art studio. 

“This is a way that we can show the community all that we offer the residents of Prosper, and to sell some art supplies,” Arnold said.  “Come, bring what you have to offer, and share how your business helps the community.  I want to support smaller businesses, especially because things have been tough the last few years.  I know I am not alone in that feeling.  So, for vendors, this is a great way for people to get to know who you are, but also we can walk around a little bit and shop ourselves.”