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On Saturday, December 4th, Somerville will come alive with a bounty of holiday shopping.

An array craft markets and retail events.

Uncover unique items for sale all around the City, just like Mayor Joe & “Blanche”

Here is a listing of events and happenings around Somerville during Shop-A-Palooza.

Albertine Press

561 Windsor Street, Union Square
12:00pm - 4:00pm

We welcome our friends and neighbors to join us for our fourth annual open house and holiday celebration of Paper & Chocolate. We are delighted to share the studio with fellow paper and chocolate artisans May Day Studio, Pressbound, Chasing Square and our newest neighbors, Elaine Hsieh Chocolatier. Come for antique letterpress demonstrations and fine chocolate tastings, leave with all of the cards, calendars, coasters and confections you can carry!

Art for Sale

Art Show & Sale by Judith Prager & John O’Brien

7 Belmont Place
3:00-8:00 PM

More than 100 paintings, food and drink, painting inventory sale, stimulating conversation

Blue Cloud Gallery

713 Broadway, Ball Square

We’re open every day through December 24th. Sales on selected merchandise starting December 4th! Visit our website for hours.


374 Somerville Ave, Union Square
11:00am - 7:00pm

GRAND Sip & Shop with wine and everything in the store will be on sale!

La Chic Boutique

235 Elm Street, Davis Square
10:00am - 6:00pm

Free christmas cookies and coffee!

Mass Metta Massage Therapy

862 Broadway
12:00pm - 7:00pm

Gift certificate sale with cider and cookies!

Mudflat Pottery

149 Broadway
10:00am - 6:00pm

Mudflat’s Open Studio and Pottery Sale, featuring the work of 60 clay artists, runs from December 3 through December 12. Visitors can tour the studio and school, see our students working at the pottery wheels or handbuilding sculptural forms, and see our plans for our new studio opening in Spring 2011. Our artists donate over 50 pieces of pottery for a raffle that benefits Mudflat’s Scholarship Funds; purchase raffle tickets and put them in the bag of the piece that you want to win.


561 Windsor St - Suite A301, Union Square
10:00am - 1:30pm

QRST’s will be having a “yard sale” off all of our brand new blank apparel odds and ends! Brand new tshirts only $2. Brand new Polos - $4. Brand new sweatshirts & sweatpants- $5. ALL American Apparel branded stuff - only $5 per piece. We will also be offering ALL of our online store apparel at 50% off. We have tons of printed Cape Cod apparel / coffee mugs - only $5 per shirt or mug. Printed Boston Rock and Roll tshirts - only $7.50 including merch from The Rat, The Neighborhoods, Tribe, Morphine. O+, Blackjacks, V66 and lots of other bands.

Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar

255 Washington Street, Union Square
11:30am - 11:00pm

Singha — Classic Thai Beer, $2.00 all week, starting Saturday

Ruchika Madan Tableware + Tile

259 Highland Ave

12:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Come meet the new artist at 259 Highland, jeweler Erin Croft Graves! Chocolate too!

SLAM (Saturday Local Artist Market)

247 Elm Street (The Burren), Davis Square
12:00pm - 4:00pm

The SLAM Holiday Market will feature 20+ local arts and crafts exhibitors, who will fill the back room of The Burren with a variety of media including: painting, photography, jewelry, book bindery, handmade soaps, glass, textiles, ceramics and artisan foods. The Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM), offers local artists a place to show and sell their work as well as an opportunity for the public to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location. Check out the work of great local artists while listening to live local musicians. The Burren will also be offering $5.00 Lunch Specials on market day as well as their full menu of traditional Irish dishes and American favorites.

Snow Mall @ Arts at the Armory

191 Highland Avenue
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Take a break from the malls and support local artists and craftspeople at our first annual holiday marketplace- SNOW MALL. Over 35 local vendors will bring you something for everyone on your list- even Fido!

December 4th & 5th from 12-6pm

Admission: $2 children free with adults

Stinky’s Kittens & Doggies Too

110 Bristol Road, Ball Square
10:00am - 6:00pm

Free samples of all natural organic dog and cat food, while supplies last. We have a lot of items on sale and specials promos throughout the store, along with treats and pet food.

Taza Chocolate Factory Store

561 Windsor Street, Union Square

11:00am - 5:00pm

Come out to the Factory Store on Saturday, December 4, from 2-5pm for a free tasting of Counter Culture Coffee and Taza Chocolate. You’ll get to sample a special selection of Counter Cultures heirloom coffees, which have been expertly paired with some of Taza’s favorite Stone Ground chocolates. Taste how a perfect match of chocolate with coffee can create a new, fascinating flavor experience. Our friend Daryn Berlin, Counter Culture’s Regional Development Director and very first employee back in 1995 will be here in person to chat, pour, and offer up serious coffee wisdom. Daryn’s done almost everything at Counter Culture: he served as roaster, green coffee buyer, production manager, and general manager before settling on his current position. Quiz him on all things coffee!

Of course we’ll have additional flavors of Taza on hand for sampling, so you can experiment with your own pairings. Come hang out!

The Boston Shaker

69 Holland Street, Davis Square
11:00am - 7:00pm

Details coming soon!

The Independent

75 Union Square, Union Square
10:00am - 4:00pm

Eat brunch from 10am-4pm at The Independent in Union Square on Saturday, December 4th, and support Groundwork Somerville’s Maple Syrup Project! 20% of proceeds from brunch customers will support this collaborative community-based environmental education project. The seasonal menu is slated to feature maple-inspired offerings such as Maple Sausage Belgian Waffle, Maple Pancake Breakfast Wrap with scrambled eggs and bacon, French Toast with honey crisp apple compote, a maple-inspired cocktail, and more! Call 617-440-6022 to reserve your spot today. Space is limited so reservations are highly recommended! Be sure to identify you self as a supporter of Groundwork Somerville and The Maple Syrup Project.

For reservations: Call the Independent at 617-440-6022 and say you’re supporting the Maple Syrup Project. To learn about Groundwork Somerville or if you want to get involved in the Maple Syrup Project, visit or call 617-628-9988. To learn about The Community Growing Center: visit

Union Square Winter Craft Market

66-70 Union Square
11:00am - 4:00pm

The annual Union Square Winter Craft Market is the place to shop for inspired gifts that you can’t find at the mall or in any online catalog. 25+ local artisans showcase all handmade products to delight everyone on your list. Products include dessert sauces, jewelry, ornaments, body products, clothing, wreaths and more. On the Union Square Plaza and inside Precinct Bar. Find out more details about the Union Square Craft Market here

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