Christmas Through Lowell Location Guide: Outside Downtown Lowell

We asked businesses, locations, and vendors who are participating in Christmas Through Lowell (CTL) to answer a few questions for us about where they will be located and what they will be offering.  Below are the responses we received. These are just a handful of the many stops throughout the Lowell community who will be participating in Christmas Through Lowell.  

Additional information about Christmas Through Lowell can be found on the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce website.  The information includes a link to a list of locations which provides an address and pin on a map of each location.  If you missed our article about this year’s featured artist, GlessBoards you can view it here.

Our first list included stops near the downtown area.  This list consists of stops outside of downtown Lowell.    

Location: Stop #38 – GlessBoards (Christmas Through Lowell Featured Artist!)
Address: 11656 Peck Lake Road
Offering: For Christmas Through Lowell we get to shift gears are get creative with smaller pieces and household items.  It’s a fun time for us because we have lots of creative ideas throughout the year and we get to take a break from big furniture pieces and play on the shop on project ideas that excite us.  Additionally, other vendors will be offering jewelry, homemade candy, cupcakes, paintings, and more.
Open all three days? Yes.
Business/vendor established: We started making furniture for ourselves as a hobby nearly 20 years ago.  Its been about 15 years since we sold our first dining set and we’ve been making custom furniture pieces full time for over 6 years.
Why is CTL a great event?
Our visitors!  We have so much fun talking with our guests about the process of creating and showing them around the shop.  It’s just a very fun weekend for us.

Location: Stop #7 – Franciscan Life Process Center
Address: 11650 Downes St NE
Offering:  Our items for sale during Christmas through Lowell include material of all kinds, notions for sewing, fresh breads for Thanksgiving and Christmas such as dinner rolls, holiday breads, etc.  This year, we are offering soup and fresh bread as a lunch time treat for anyone interested and will ask for a donation to cover our costs. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 pm.
Open all three days? No, only open Saturday.
Business/vendor established:  We have been accepting materials donated by individuals since 1991 and we have been making bread since 1980.
Why is CTL a great event?
We enjoy meeting all sorts of old friends and new friends during the day we participate in Christmas through Lowell.  It is a way for us to invite people to our center particularly who have never been here or heard of us before, even though we have lived here since 1972.

We are happy to have others enjoy some of the materials/notions that have been donated here over the years for their own use and enjoyment.  Our volunteers take such good care of whatever is donated and it gives us great pleasure to share the wealth of things that have been given to us from other generous folks.  All the proceeds we raise are given to our work with our volunteers and all they make for organizations such as St. John’s Home, Santa Claus Girls, etc.

Location: Stop #22 – The Playful Preservationist
Address: Christian Life Center, 3050 Alden Nash SE
Offering: Small batch artisan jams and preserves sourced from local growers, using organic products when possible and featuring organic herbs, regional ingredients, and fair trade spices. There are 30+ varieties on our seasonal menus.
Open all three days? No, only Friday and Saturday.
Business/vendor established: Just over one year.  I started preserving in my home kitchen and fell in love! I have always been experimental with my flavors, and when I started making jams and preserves with a twist things just clicked. Since having our daughter three and a half years ago I’ve been searching for something to be a creative outlet – I was shocked to stumble upon this after searching for so long! My husband built me a huge shelf in our basement to fill with my creations, and it only took three months to fill it! At that point my husband refused to build me another shelf, so I started giving it away. A few friends of mine suggested I start selling my products because they were so good… and here I am!  CTL was my first show!
Why is CTL a great event?
I love connecting with the people! I love seeing their faces when they try one of my jams – the way their faces light up when they taste something they never could have expected. I love talking to people about food, and helping them think about ingredients in whole new ways! I encourage people to think beyond the label, using my products in baking, cocktails, meat glazed, salad dressing starters and more. Having conversations about food and helping people find a flavor just for them – or someone they care about – is super fulfilling.

Location: Stop #43 – Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms
Address: 12877 84th St SE in Dairy Discovery’s Big Red event Barn
Offering: We are a nonprofit providing community involvement and education about agriculture and dairy farms.  We sell our own beef jerky and sausage, amazing cheese, honey and syrup we make in our 150 year old Sugar Shack.  We will also have shirts, 2019 Dairy Discovery ornaments, mugs and other various products.
Open all three days? We will have the entire farm decorated for Christmas and Santa will even be here for both adults and kids to visit with and share their Christmas wishes.  We will be open Friday and Saturday and Santa will be here Friday from 12-7 and Saturday 10-6.
Business/vendor established: We started providing cheese in 2012 and then added beef in 2015.  As a farm, we always want to share the naturally healthy foods that our animals and nature can provide us with our community.
Why is CTL a great event?
The whole town celebrating Jesus’s birth.  Dairy Discovery will also be having a Christmas tree contest.  We are having 10 trees various nonprofits have decorated. Visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorite tree.  The winner will win $500 for their organization.

Location: Stop #4 – Custom Woodworking by Joe Knauf
Address: 1950 Parnell Ave NE
Offering: Makes wooden toys, doll furniture, outdoor yard art, bird houses and feeders, kitchen wooden ware, home décor, jewelry and boxes, furniture, pet items, and any special orders.
Open all three days? Yes
Business/vendor established: Wood working started 50+ years ago in woodshop at school.

Location: Stop #37 – Tuckertown Forge
Address: 2880 Pratt Lake Ave SE
Offering: Frank is a blacksmith. Most of his items are home decor or yard art pieces. Many of his pieces are one of a kind. One of out most popular items are the boot and mitten tree combos.  Not only will we have metal art available but Franks daughters and wife have been working on quilted items, pillowcases and knitted items. These will also be available during the show.
Open all three days? No, open Friday and Saturday.
Business/vendor established: Frank has been working in his craft for 30 plus years. He enjoys repurposing items.
Why is CTL a great event?
This is our 6th year participating at the house. We love seeing all the people stop by and check out our items but the best part is to listen to all the chatter of the shoppers talking about the other houses or what they have planned for the day.

Location: Stop #25 – Mary’s Dazzling Designs & More
Address: 13457 Vergennes St SE
Offering: Glittered, alcohol ink, marbled tumblers, all sizes. Can be personalized. Glass ware, Throw pillows, Bows, pop sockets, can openers, napkin rings, & shadow boxes, etc.  Buy any Lowell Pink/Red arrow Tumblers and $5 will be donated to Lowell Pink Arrows.
Open all three days? Yes.
Business/vendor established: I have been making items for two years.  I Love Tumblers. I needed a hobby, now I have a habit.

Location: Stop #22 – Lowell Women of the Moose
Address: Christian Life Center, 3050 Alden Nash SE
Offering: Various vendors selling their unique craft items, gourmet popcorn, jams and jellies.
Open all three days? No, only Friday and Saturday.
Business/vendor established: Majority of vendors have been participating for 3/4 years.
Why is CTL a great event?
Meeting new people and being part of this BIG event.  Look forward to this every year!

Location: Stop # 2 – Scripted Expressions Studio in Lowell
Address: 11460 Bowers Drive
Offering: I have my designs printed on tiles, magnets, cards, greeting cards and prints.  I hand make gift tags. I will have several other artists showing their art at the studio: ceramics, jewelry, mixed media art and metal art sculptures.
Open all three days? Yes.
Business/vendor established: I have been painting for over 30 years. I graduated from Wayne State University with a BFA in painting.  I am also a custom framer.
Why is CTL a great event?
I love being a part of Christmas Through Lowell because I get to meet so many people.  It is a lot of fun and exciting from start to finish.  

Location: Stop # 16 – First Congregational Church
Address: 865 Lincoln Lake Ave SE
Offering: We host over 20 crafters who will be selling Christmas decor, bath and skin care products, wildlife photography and paintings, jewelry, honey and beeswax products, decorative signs, doll clothes, gift baskets, baked goods, sweater mittens, handmade gift cards, bibs and burp clothes, pillow cases, cat toys and animal beds, hats and headbands, crochet towels and more!
Open all three days? No, open Friday and Saturday only.  Our kitchen will be open during the day and early evening on Friday and Saturday featuring hot meals, snacks, and drinks.
Business/vendor established: Our church has been hosting crafters for twelve years.
Why is CTL a great event?  CTL is fun for us to be able to open our doors to so many talented crafters. We enjoy being able to host these artists in our spacious facility.

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