Seasonal Special Happenings

Last-Minute Shopping in Lakewood

When: Sat., Dec. 18 2010

Reward your tendency to procrastinate with a stop at today's Last Minute Market. Now in its third year, this arts and crafts extravaganza has grown to more than 80 artists and craftspeople offering an array of photography, painting, ceramics, metalwork, glassware, jewelry, toys, and more. A collaboration among three regional artist collectives, the show is nestled inside the Lake Erie Building (a.k.a. the Screw Factory) at Templar Industrial Park. The historic building once was home to the Templar Motors Corp., a maker of "superfine small cars." Today, its occupants include dozens of artists whose studios will be open for touring and shopping during market hours. "This market is unique because everything is made by hand, and everything was made by the person standing in front of you," says Kathy Patton of Cleveland Handmade Markets. "Last year, we had a great crowd. So many people were relieved to have a place besides the mall to go." The Lake Erie Building is at 13000 Athens Ave. in Lakewood. Early birds can snag 9 a.m. admission for $5, with proceeds going to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Or get in for free from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. For more information, visit And word to the wise: Do it now. — Rebecca McKinsey

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