How It All Began
Welcome to Middleburg Marketplace. We’re glad you’re here! Many of you reading this may already know our story; but in case you don’t, here is how it all began:
How it All Began
Welcome to Middleburg Marketplace. We’re glad you’re here! Many of you reading this may already know our story; but in case you don’t, here is how it all began: In 1948 the women of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg began organizing and hosting The Christmas Shop. The goal was (and still is) to raise funds for the church and its outreach partners. To do so, they envisioned bringing exceptional shops and artisans to the Piedmont region for an annual event, offering local residents the opportunity to purchase distinctive gifts for family and friends while supporting good causes and small businesses. This year, we are expanding on this wonderful tradition and taking that experience online.
The Future is Now. Many things have changed over the past 72 years, including the opportunity for people to shop online and purchase directly from vendors all over the world. Covid-19 has impacted our ability to hold an in-person event in a way that we feel is safe for both attendees and partners. That said, the needs of the many groups who benefit from this event have not changed. The non-profit charities we support need us more now than ever before. The loyal merchants who have supported us in the past are looking for new ways to interact with their customers. And our customers want a safe way to shop for the products that they have come to associate with our annual event.
With all of this in mind, what remains the same for our Marketplace is that we do the legwork for shoppers, identifying fine artisans and unique merchants, then bring them all together in one place, online, for a fabulous shopping experience.
While there is nothing like getting out of the house and visiting picturesque Middleburg, this year you will be able to shop the special merchants as before from the safety of your home.
Come join us in this new adventure. We think you’ll be glad you did.