The Shops at Riverwoods will host the 10th biannual Utah arts and crafts fair, dubbed the Beehive Bazaar, on Dec. 5–7 and Dec. 12–14.
The Beehive Bazaar, similar to crafty shopping sites like Etsy, provides a real-life opportunity each spring and winter season for local artists to showcase and sell their goods. Typical display tables include jewelry, hair accessories, vintage goods, home-sewn clothing, baked goods and other crafty projects.
“We have vendors, crafters and fine artists that all have unique skills, styles and products,” said Beccy Bingham, a past vendor and present co-director. “They come together to make an awesome show every time.”
The Beehive Bazaar takes an empty space, such as a rented spot this year at the Riverwoods, and in three hours turns it into a bustling marketplace. More than 50 trend-setting local artists rent tables and offer their current works.
“This is in no way your mother’s craft boutique,” the Beehive Bazaar website said.
The project started as a small craft show in a house under the title “Artists with Spring Fever” and has grown in size and popularity over the 10 years. Now small businesses from across the state, as well as individual artists, get in on the action.
“I think the bazaar encourages the local art scene because it gives people a place to show what they can do,” Bingham said. “A lot of our vendors make their living making and selling at these craft fairs. It allows for shoppers to buy locally and keep their money in the local economy.”
The Beehive Bazaar will be up and running 10 a.m. to 10 pm. on Dec. 5–7 and again with a whole new set of vendors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 12–13. The Bazaar ends early on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Find the Beehive Bazaar in Suite 670 at The Shops at Riverwoods located on 4801 North University Avenue.