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Shop 2nd Street Market for holiday gifts and holiday fun this weekend

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There's still time to finish up your holiday shopping this week at the 2nd Street Market. Looking for last minute, unique gifts? The 2nd Street Market is open this Thursday, Dec 19 and Friday Dec 20 from 11 to 3 and Saturday Dec 21 from 8 to 3.

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Looking for beautiful, hand-crafted local clothing? New World Alpaca Textiles has some of the warmest and most beautiful locally-made alpaca wool clothing and households items in the Dayton area. From socks to shawls and blankets to dryer balls, there is something for everyone and in every price range at New World Alpaca Textiles.

For the gardener or bird watcher on your list, choose from the Wegerzyn Garden Gift Shop selection of holiday gifts (for both the gardeners and the birds!) including ornaments for the tree, beeswax candles and more.

Maria's Unique Foods has a huge selection of products made by Amish and Mennonite families in Ohio and other nearby states - including a beautiful and tasty array of pickled eggs such as jalapeno eggs, herbed tomato eggs and the ubiquitous beet eggs! A very nice selection of gourmet jams and jellies are also available in attractive containers that would look lovely in a basket - you can make up your own or choose from ready-made baskets at Maria's Unique Foods. Maria's also sells the only granola that this author has ever found tasty and it is very tasty indeed!

Nearby, artist Jon Graham of Jon Graham Pottery can set you up with bowls and dishes to put your selections in (even better than a basket for that perfect hostess gift)!

Friends of the Humane Society has all manner of gifts for your furry friends, from toys and cat grass and homemade pet cookies to pet sweaters, bandanas, collars and leashes.

Dayton Urban Green has eco-friendly personal care products and Urban Homesteading supplies for food preservation, cheese-making, soap-making and more! You could give the gift of a fun new hobby to a friend this season with the help of Dayton Urban Green. Note: for you home canners, Dayton Urban Green has re-usable canning lids!! Yes!!

Stop in at the Monco Enterprises Shop at the east end of the market for Christmas cards, stationery, jewelry and home décor (and don’t forget those great dog biscuits) and the proceeds go to support their programs for the developmentally disabled.

Take a break from all this shopping at Caffeine, and enjoy a nice cup of tea or some organic, fair-trade coffee. How about a nice gingerbread latte, or cup of peppermint tea?

If all that shopping works up an appetite, you can selection from many different types of ethnic foods, including authentic Thai Cuisine from Baan Thai Noi: Satay, Pad Thai, Red Curry Chicken and spring rolls. Vegetarian dishes are also offered, and their lemongrass ginger tea is amazing.

Need some last minute items for your holiday dinner or for a hostess gift? The Chef Case can fix you up with gourmet items, including vegetarian and vegan items, from salads to entrees to desserts. The Wine Gallery will help you find just the right wine and accessories for your dinner or for a nice hostess gift. Big Sky Bread can provide the bread, and The Spice Rack has Amish cheeses to complete the trio! Grab some of Azra’s Cookie Assortments and you have a gift that would please anyone (or just take them home for yourself).

This weekend, as an added bonus, you can come visit Parker the Penguin at the Market. Bring the kids and your camera to take photos with everyone's favorite wintertime mascot from the MetroParks Ice Rink! No charge! Parker will be at the Market this Thursday, Dec 19 and Friday Dec 20 from 11 am to 1 pm and on Saturday Dec 21, Parker will be at the Market from noon to 3 p.m.

Come immerse yourself in the holidays this weekend at the 2nd Street Market!

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