GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - If you like to shop for local items, then you'll probably want to check out the second annual Holiday Craft Show that kicked off Friday at the Two Rivers Convention Center.
Experienced business owners and not so experienced came together for the fun event.
"Last year was the first and we had 1,500 people through the door. We're hoping for even more this year," said Taylor Satterly with Pinnacle Venue Services.
Not only is it a way to purchase some unique gifts, but it's a way to support local vendors here in the Grand Valley.
"Small businesses make up most of our economy," said Alicia Leebrick, Owner of Leebrick Candle Co.
"I'm all about supporting the small business owner and the sole proprietor. Especially those who are making things from hand," said Marci Carlson who attended the event.
Most importantly, they said the key to having a successful small business is persistence.
"You can't go to one show or list one thing on Facebook and expect to grow," said Leebrick.
So while it may just be a hobby for some, for many, it's their livelihood.
"Something like this makes it even bigger and helps expose all of the vendors," said Satterly.
With this exposure, they hope to continue growing their ideas into something bigger.
The craft show will continue until Saturday, November 25 from 10 a-m to 4 p-m. A portion of the proceeds earned from the event will go to United Way of Mesa County.