In 1981 eight artisans displayed their handmade crafts in a Lake Whatcom living room and Home for the Holidays was born. Joyce, the founder, and a Christmas crafts enthusiast gathered friends and family to promote talented local makers she’d discovered. Since then, the holiday showcase has bloomed into a three-day curated marketplace displaying some of the Northwest’s best artisans, craftspeople, and artists.
Now under the expert guidance of new ownership, Stephanie and Jeff Starkenburg launched their first year in 2018 with happy crowds and twelve new vendors. They were honored to be chosen from among the interested parties.
With a lifelong love of crafting, decorating, and throwing a fantastic party, Stephanie discovered Home for the Holidays 25 years ago. Back then, cleaning house and doing whatever work she could to support her children after a divorce, Stephanie dreamed of a future with work she loved.
Amazing how, over time, things come together. Remarried and children grown, in recent years Stephanie and husband Jeff have been regulars at the show. They are enthusiastic supporters of the creative economy. Stephanie is a natural organizer who loves a challenge. From screening new vendors to revamping the website, Stephanie and Jeff bring their personal spark.
Today, Stephanie lives the pursuit of passion she dreamed about. Even better, it’s something she can do with her whole family. The grandkids were seen helping at the event!
Home for the Holidays is a collection of people sharing their passions. Art and craft create community and local and quality goods bring people together. This November, support PNW small businesses while finding gorgeous, unique, and tasty handmade items.
If you were a vendor in the past, the new owners warmly welcome you to apply for this year. Even if you don’t join us as a vendor, you are welcome to come to check out what is new and different.
Online pre-orders coming in 2020!