A Letter From our Founder

Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s—long before there were computers and internet in every home and a TV in every room—my parents put me in every type of class offered, hoping to find the prodigy in me. Unfortunately, I was too tall for ballet, too slow for tennis, too uncoordinated for sports, too tone-deaf for choir, and too undisciplined for music. polaroids-3

Along the way, though, I discovered a love for creating things. For “crafting,” you might say.

You see, my mom is the original Martha Stewart, and my dad is a second-generation florist. I inherited my love of creating from them. Participating in groups like the Girl Scouts and the 4-H Club taught me the specifics. Remember macramé? There were plant-holders, belts, clothing and wall art. When I was in 5th grade, my macramé wall-art piece won first place at the county fair and then the Illinois State fair! When I received my blue ribbon and a check for $56 dollars, I was in 5th-grade heaven.

Christmas in my house was a deeply religious yet highly celebrated event. We had a Christmas tree in every room with themes like children’s ornaments, sports, dance, traditional, contemporary and even a tree for the bar. My parents also entertained during the holiday season – sometimes hosting several parties per week for their various “groups”. Much to the chagrin of my kids who now help me set up our “Christmas home”, I have continued to carry on the traditions set by my parents.

What does this have to do with Shoppe Holiday Market?

After spending 30 years producing trade-shows and events, I’ve returned to my first love—and just in time for the current resurgence of custom, hands-on production and consumer’s desire for unique gifts, I’ve combined my love for event production, handmade work, holiday shopping, craft making, cooking & entertaining to produce the Shoppe Holiday Market – three events in one.

Shoppe Artisan marries that child-like appreciation for all things handmade with my professional passion for creating exciting events. Shoppe Boutique features specialty boutiques that sell top quality items that you can’t find at the mall. And to show you how to entertain in style we have three days of classes at our Holiday WorkSHOPPE.

In the exhibition world, I’ve done it all—everything from selling exhibit space to managing national events—including four of the top 100 trade shows in the U.S. (two events per year for Surf Expo and California Gift Show). More recently, I was SVP of Apparel for AmericasMart, a 1 million-sq.-ft. wholesale facility featuring more than 550 showrooms of women’s apparel, fashion accessories, fine jewelry, and children’s apparel, accessories and toys.

With over 140 years of combined event management experience within our team at Market Maker Events, we have a demonstrated commitment to creating remarkable event experiences. Our team’s expertise in producing a broad range of events (from fashion shows, awards ceremonies and concerts to surf contests and corporate parties) helps us to provide Southeastern shoppers and craft enthusiasts with unforgettable experiences.

We invite talented artisans, unique specialty stores, teachers/instructors of craft and their discerning fans to be part of the third annual Shoppe Holiday Market on Nov. 10-12, 2017. Mark your calendar, then start making your list—and checking it twice!

Lori Kisner
President, Market Maker Events


Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339


November 10-12, 2017

Friday, November 10: 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.