Visit Mott’s Winter Wonderland

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Courtesy Mott's Neighborhood Market LLC

It’s a winter wonderland at the neighborhood Market!

Mott’s Neighborhood Market (233 12th St. SE) invites you to a Winter Wonderland this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be snacks, pictures with Santa (both humans and pets welcome), free gift wrapping and a Holiday Market featuring gifts for purchase from local and Black-owned businesses contacted with help from 11th Street Bridge Park and Building Bridges Across the River. Volunteer elves will be providing free gift wrapping at the event. Anyone, young or old, pet or person can pose with Santa.

Shop a mix of small businesses:

Unlike other markets, there is no fee to participate in this event for the vendors.

There will also be a neighbor who designed and produced a Capitol Hill-themed board game on site —now there’s a unique gift.

The event is sponsored by Mott’s Neighborhood Market LLC, the neighbor-run organization behind the Save Motts Market movement and the owner of the building. The organization was recognized with a Civic Pride Brickie this month by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D).

Mott’s LLC President Michael Skinner (L) sorts donations with another volunteer inside Mott’s during the Mott’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Courtesy: Mott’s Neighborhood Market LLC

Just before Thanksgiving, the organization also sponsored a food drive, collecting at the market and refilling the empty shelves. They partnered with an organization called Holton Cares to help provide food for Thanksgiving itself to 32 families in the region.

“People told us they really loved getting to come back to the market,” said Mott’s Neighborhood Market LLC President Michael Skinner.

So they thought they’d gather the community again.

Mott’s members are donating the materials, food and the time to make it all work with a small budget from the Mott’s LLC Event Committee to cover extra costs.

“Our neighborhood really misses Mott’s Market – not just because of the convenience, but because it was a gathering place,” said Mott’s Neighborhood Market LLC President Michael Skinner.

“While the market is closed for renovations we want to honor that mission of building community by holding monthly events sponsored by the market.”

Bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate to Santa; it will be distributed to neighbors in need. After all, can’t leave the shelves unstocked.

Learn more about Mott’s Market, the effort to preserve this neighborhood corner store –and how you can donate and volunteer at www.mottsmarket.com