By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — Just in time for holiday shopping, the Wausau Makers Market is back, this time at a downtown Wausau eatery.

The Holiday Makers Market, featuring superior quality handcrafted products made by local artisans, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at Red Eye Brewing Co., 612 Washington St.

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Alyson Leahy (left) and Alex Eichten are the founders of Wausau Makers Market, which returns with a holiday event this weekend at Red Eye Brewing Co. in downtown Wausau.

This is the second Makers Market event since local graphic designers Alyson Leahy and Alex Eichten launched the nonprofit venture earlier this year. The idea is to provide a space for local artists to sell their products while encouraging a sense of community among creatives. For the second event, spaces filled up so quickly that the duo had to start a waiting list of talented artists eager to showcase their wares.

Red Eye Brewing Co. is normally closed on Sundays, but will open its doors for shoppers to peruse a wide range of handcrafted items including jewelry, home accents, beard balm, carefully curated spices, turned wood bowls, handmade Swiss army knives, and much more.

Shoppers can sip craft beer and watch the Green Bay Packer game while they browse.

Makers Markets have cropped up in communities nationwide as a way to connect quality artists with each other, and allow those who attend to shop, socialize with the artists themselves, relax, and discover something new. Every piece on display is carefully designed and handcrafted by some of the most talented creators in the area.

Check out a sampling below:

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