What’s better than an evening catching up with friends and neighbors while getting a jumpstart to your holiday shopping? Find out at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club Holiday Boutique Extravaganza happening again this year on Friday, December 6, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., featuring two floors of 40+ vendors, live music, gift raffles, door prizes and a cash bar. And locals, the best part? You don’t have to leave the peninsula and spar the shopping-hungry masses to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, office colleagues and even your child’s teachers and classmates. Instead, get a true local shopping experience surrounded by friendly faces—right here at home in Rockaway!
Local resident, Susan Levin, in addition to being a real estate agent with Neponsit Realty, running senior programs at Kingsborough Community College, and even securing funding for senior activities at Peninsula Library, has made it her business to host this market for years, not just during the winter holidays, but also in the spring. Why? For Lavin, it amounts to four things: shopping, running into old friends, while even making some new ones, supporting vendors and having family-friendly fun.
“When I moved to Rockaway with my husband 20 years ago, I was new to the neighborhood. My husband’s family had lived here for years, but I didn’t know anyone, so I thought the market would be such a nice way to bring people together—whether you’re new to the area, reuniting with people you know from the street or the school your children attend. Since starting this market, friends and clients I made through my work in real estate, running senior programs, and the wonderful vendors who participate, I’ve met so many amazing and talented people both near and far, who have a second job or second hobby. Even some of the seniors in my program come out to support. For example, one of the ladies crochets, and another one told me that she has a daughter who makes jewelry. And because of all the wonderful people I meet, year after year, I keep running the market in both the winter and spring. Through referrals from other vendors, every year the market features something new from not just locals, but even artists hailing from out of state. It’s become a tradition that the community looks forward to as the market gifts us an evening to come together as we shop, socialize and appreciate our wonderful vendors’ talents,” Lavin said.
The community-loving woman shared a very Rockaway-esque memory. “One time there was a winter blizzard, amazingly the market was so packed! We ended up staying so late,” Lavin said. “It was like a big party, despite the weather.”
This year, the BHYC Holiday Market Extravaganza will feature vendors selling: clothing for the entire family, handbags and other accessories, American Doll clothes, the Pampered Chef, essential oils, art work, personalized coasters, candles, makeup and skincare, hair accessories, Avon, SeneGence/LipSense, holiday ornaments and wreaths, designer glassware, pottery, t-shirts and sweatshirts, handmade knitted and crocheted accessories, jewelry, toys and memorabilia, etched and engraved personalized gifts, guest bakers, books from local authors and much more!
Plus, besides the two floors of chock-full shopping, there will be live music from acoustic guitarist bluesman, Rich Ray, on the second floor and a DJ spinning on the first floor. Also, gift raffles donated by every participating vendor, 50/50, and door prizes, where early birds will get a chance to go home with a cookbook. (Note, a limited amount of books will be available, so come early)! And, St. Francis de Sales’ students will have their own table fundraising for the school’s graduation dance.
The annual Belle Harbor Yacht Club Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is on Friday, December 6, 6p.m. to 10:30pm (533 Beach 126 Street). For Lavin, it’s all about celebrating, socializing and having fun. “I just want people to come out and support. We are an amazing community with so much talent. This is a local holiday family-friendly shopping event folks definitely don’t want to miss!”BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS