Sugarplum Festival set for Nov. 7-9 [St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.]
(St. Joseph News-Press (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 01--The Sugarplum Festival is on another level this year -- two to be exact. This year, the annual one-of-a-kind holiday shopping festival will have everything you may or may not expect, along with some new surprises.
Running from Nov. 7 through 9, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum is bringing its unique items from vendors Chic Boutique, Oh Sassy Pantry and The Cookie Business and mixing it with popular home party businesses like Scentsy and Mary Kay Cosmetics.
With one-of-a-kind items selling in the main exhibit area, Jane Graves, director of marketing and communications for Albrecht-Kemper, says they wanted something to complement the sale with home decor and personal items on the bottom level.
"We've always had an influx of people that want to be in 'The Home Party Crew,' but we don't want it to be in the one-of-a-kind gift shopping. But we still want to include them," Graves says.
That means you can peruse everything on the top level from the festival's 32 vendors, ranging from gourmet dog bones from CHEW Gourmet Dog Bones to Heritage Falls Candles and Gifts or new vendors like Salty Sweet Friends, clothing shops Allatia Jane and Dumpster Diving Divas, as well as the bacon jelly makers Our Sassy Pantry.
"They're a group of women ... I think they've just got a great reputation as group of caterers in Kansas City and they put together this little side venture and it includes this bacon jam," Graves says.
After, you can check out some of the home party sellers like DoTerra essential and therapeutic oils, Origami Owl jewelry and jewelry and accessory seller Stella & Dot.
"We've been lucky to have people talk us up to the point to where they look forward to our event and bringing their friends along so that they can share in the hospitality as well," Graves says.
As usual, the festival will kick off on Nov. 7 with a preview party and music provided by Andy Grooms. The $35 cost will allow for a weekend pass, a drink and catered sweets and treats, as well as the chance to get in before the weekend crowd comes in the following two days.
"The preview party is always a hit because it's your first chance at getting through the door and getting to see everything. It's a nice crowd. It fills the place, but it's not wall-to-wall people," Graves says.
In addition, the Sugarplum Festival will have its signature bakery and Festival of Trees throughout the weekend, as well a wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 with music by DJ Sully. The cost for that is $20.
Talking to various vendors and customers at the festival, Graves says she often hears how people like to come in and get a few things for themselves before launching into their own Christmas-buying list.
"I know I scope it out with my husband and then come back and buy when he's not around," she says, laughing.
Funds generated from the festival also help the Albrecht-Kemper, which is always a great help, Graves says.
With Halloween out of the way, who doesn't want to get into the holiday spirit?
"It's just a way to kick off the entire holiday season. It just gets you in the mood for what's to come and gets you there for Thanksgiving and what's after," Graves says.
Andrew Gaug can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPGaug.
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