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Black Friday is, blessedly, behind us. So, too, is Cyber Monday. All that stands between today and the holidays are a few weeks of retail panic.

Relax, brave shoppers. It has never been easier for a Clevelander to wrap up his or her holiday shopping thanks to a bevy of brief boutiques. These fleeting ventures spring up like magic mushrooms after an imaginary storm to make shopping fun, easy and 100-percent local.

Made in the 216
Where: Room Service, 2078 W. 25th Street
When: Daily through December 31
What: For five weeks, Danielle DeBoe reworks her eclectic Ohio City boutique Room Service into a festive holiday shop featuring the artsy goods of over 60 Cleveland-based designers.
 
24th Annual ArtCraft Holiday Sale

Where: The ArtCraft Building, 2570 Superior Avenue
When: Saturday December 3 through Sunday December 4
What: Over 50 local and regional artists working in fine arts and crafts across diverse media. A warren of rooms on multiple floors makes exploring half the fun.
 
The Cleveland Handmade Market

Where: Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Avenue
When: Saturday December 3
What: Arts and crafts from dozens of local artists and food and drink from Artefino Art Gallery Café. While shopping, visit the open studios of resident artists.
 
Ohio City Christmas Festival
Where: Market Avenue, across W. 25th Street from the West Side Market
When: Saturdays through December 17
What: Christmas tree sales, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating and locally produced arts, crafts and products.
 
Collective Upcycle
Where: 13226 Shaker Square
When: Thursday to Sunday through December 24
What: A pop-up boutique featuring the work of over 30 Cleveland artists who repurpose existing resources and materials into jewelry, bags, flowers, furniture, candles, decorations, photo frames, stationary and accessories.
 
Bazaar Bizarre
Where: 78th St. Studios, 1301 W. 78th Street
When: December 10 and 11
What: One of the largest holiday gift fairs in the region with approximately 100 vendors selling a wide range of handmade arts, crafts and accessories. Fun, funky and contemporary, this fair is a Godsend for helpless shoppers.
 
Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop
Where: 1983 W. 28th Street 
When: Monday to Saturday through January 8
What: Lush, vintage knitwear from Cleveland's Ohio Knitting Mills, including never-worn sweaters, vests, shirts, dresses, jackets and scarves. Also, gorgeous reproductions of historic Cleveland posters.
 
Cosmic Bobbins Pop-up Shop
Where: 2406 Professor Avenue
When: Daily through December 23
What: Cosmic Bobbins upcycles materials that might otherwise be considered waste and turns them into one-of-a-kind accessories, which you can buy at this Tremont boutique.

Yellowcake Pop-up Store
Where: 6500 Detroit Avenue
When: Daily (mostly) through Valentine's
What: "Project Runway" alum and Cleveland-based designer Valerie Mayen brings her keen fashions to this Gordon Square space. Expect a full line of coats and fall winter pieces.
 
Gordon Square Holiday Market
Where: 6706 Detroit Avenue
When: Through December 4
What: Holiday-themed decorations such as fresh evergreen wreaths, herbal wreaths, and holiday décor items.
 
Salty not Sweet
Where: 2074 W. 25th Street
When: Monday through Saturday
What: While not a pop-up shop, this cheeky boutique should be on the must-shop list of everyone who loves snark. In addition to some of the funniest holiday cards on Earth, this well-stocked shop has all matter great giftable goods.

CLE Clothing Co.
Where: 342 Euclid Avenue
When: Seven days a week
What: While not a pop-up or temporary shop, this is a new and worthy addition to the downtown retail landscape. Attached to Positively Cleveland's Visitors Center, the clothing shop is a natural extension of the Cleveland Pride brand.

Photos Bob Perkoski
- Images 1 & 2: Collective Upcycle in Shaker Square
- Images 3 & 4: Yellow Cake in Gordon Square
- Image 5: Ohio City Holiday Festival
- Images 6 & 7: Made in the 216 in Ohio City
- Image 8: Salty not Sweet in Ohio City
- Image 9: Ohio Knitting Mills in Ohio City
- Image 10: Double Feature in Gordon Square


Read more articles by Douglas Trattner.

Douglas Trattner is a fulltime freelance writer, editor and author. In addition to acting as Managing Editor of Fresh Water, he is the Dining Editor of Cleveland Scene, author of “Moon Handbooks: Cleveland,” and co-author with Michael Symon on two New York Times best-selling cookbooks. His work has appeared in Food Network magazine, Miami Herald, Globe and Mail, Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Magazine and others. He lives in Cleveland Hts. with his wife, two dogs, five chickens and 20,000 honeybees.
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