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Press Release: Grand Central Holiday Fair Opens November 17, 2014

Grand Central Terminal is one of my favorite places in the city, and their holiday market is filled with world-class artisans, many of them from the New York area. It is in the glorious Vanderbilt hall, so it is warm and welcoming, and just steps away from the Main Concourse and the Holiday Train Show. I saw the booths going up just yesterday! I am happy to publish their full press release here. ~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

Shoppers Peruse the Grand Central Holiday Fair

Shoppers Peruse the Grand Central Holiday Fair (Photo by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

New York’s Finest Indoor Holiday Shopping Experience Features More Men’s and American-Made Products than Ever Before

New York, NY — Oct. 20, 2014 — Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall turns into New York City’s finest indoor holiday shopping experience when the annual Grand Central Holiday Fair returns for six weeks starting November 17, 2014, with art, clothing, jewelry, home goods, bath and body products, toys and more. Since 1993, the Holiday Fair has been a must-shop destination during the holiday season and is the longest-running indoor holiday market in New York City.

This 2014 edition welcomes 22 new artists and businesses among its 76 Grand Central Holiday Fair vendors. Holiday Fair organizers have made a concerted effort in the past few years to present more vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally sourced materials. This year, Fair organizers also have increased the number of vendors offering products for men.

The Holiday Fair runs Nov. 17 through Dec. 24. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for the following days and times: open Monday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Select vendors new to the Holiday Fair include:

· Dotty Giraffe specializes in fun, colorful photographs of toys set in playful scenes. The photographs can be purchased as paper prints, prints on canvas or aluminum, or mounted on acrylic.
· A true craftsman is behind The Bowlmaker, a company that uses wood from all over the world to create art on a lathe, including bowls, vases, sculptures, tables, fruit and other items.
· Spratters & Jayne has provided sustainably handcrafted knit and crocheted outerwear accessories for men and women since 2009. Products include handmade scarves, cowls, wraps, hats and gloves for men and women that are handmade in wool, fine alpaca and vegan-friendly synthetic fibers.
· The artisans who make up the Swan & Stone Millinery collective are a farmer and a felter. Craftsman Sam Stone makes felts using farm-raised wool, local alpaca, mohair and other natural fibers, and designer and milliner Nora Swan works with the felt to create hats, fascinators and other whimsical wearables using antique hat forms, vintage trims, feathers and more.
· A stationery and gift brand based in New York City founded by Ashleigh and Jude Verrier, verrier is a brilliantly colored world of paper fantasy via fashionable greeting cards, various sized prints and canvases. The mother and daughter team of verrier seasonally selects one greeting card design whose sales are donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
· The Telos New York collection of men’s neckwear is based on the notion that a modern tie should strongly differentiate one man from another. The neckwear is bold; fabrics include luxurious silks, jacquards and woven prints. The Telos collection includes bowties, modern and classic neckwear and hand-painted neckwear.
· The Lodge promotes the work of American craftsmen and brands and offers American-made accessories and grooming goods for men. Products include candles, stationery, shoelaces, wallets, bags, blankets and gift items.
· Jacques Torres Chocolate is among Grand Central’s newest tenants and makes its debut at this year’s Holiday Fair. The company creates fresh, authentic and handmade artisan chocolates for all to experience and enjoy. The chocolatier will sell cookies, lollipops, chocolate bars, gift boxes and hot chocolate tins at the Holiday Fair.

For more information, a full list of vendors, product images or to schedule interviews, please email GCT@goodmanmedia.com.

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About Grand Central Terminal:
MTA Metro-North Railroad is the steward of Grand Central Terminal, which stands as one of America’s greatest transportation hubs and one of New York City’s most iconic buildings. It is both a national landmark and an international example of the success that can be achieved giving new life to a historic building that otherwise may have been destroyed. The Grand Central brand reflects the remarkable caliber of services in the Terminal, including boutique restaurants and cocktail lounges, a gourmet market, and many specialty shops. It draws more than 750,000 national and international visitors each day and wows them with its varied offerings and tour programs. Storied Vanderbilt Hall, once the waiting room for long-distance travelers, is among the most-desired public event spaces in the city.

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