The Amazing Mr. Archer
It all started one Christmas season when book entitled How to Make Balloon Cartoons was in his stocking. Exploring new balloon twisting techniques kept him intrigued for hours. One day his aunt took him to a baseball game and while others watched the game, he started making balloons. It was not long before a flood of children and adults asked him to make dogs, teddy bears, etc.
Since that day, he has made balloon twisting his professional career for over 20 years.
One of the most popular activities for kids during Winterfest.
Santa’s Bakeshop at the Kids Korner will be buzzing with creativity as the little ones decorate their own Gingerbread house.
Create Ugly Sweaters
Our Crafty Crew will help you create an ugly sweater. Bring your own sweater or sweatshirt or choose from the limited number we have on hand.
And please join the Ugly Sweater Parade on the main stage.
Decorate a Sweater Cookie
Bring your little ones to decorate a Christmas cookie.
Icing, sprinkles and other decorations will be on hand for the kids to use.
Our crafty elves have planned lots of fun crafts. Kids will make dazzling ornaments with jeweled stickers on snowmen and trees.
Various Christmas themed coloring sheets will also be available throughout the festival.
Jingle Bell Games
Whether throwing a snowball or ringing a bell, kids will have a blast in the Jingle Bell game tent.
Children of all ages are welcome to join us! They will receive a free entry stamp into the Games Tent. At the end of the games, the child may choose a prize. (while supplies last, limit one prize per day per child).
Welcome to Labrador Forge. This is a joint adventure between Chuck Payne and his 16yr old son Ethan.
Their knives are works of art, as well as, functional cutlery. They will be setup with some of their knives and other blacksmithing items for sell, like dinner bells. Chuck and Ethan will be doing live demos throughout the day at their Winterfest Market Tent.
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Steel Movements Fabrication
Steel Movements Fabrication is the brainchild of local welder/fabricator Tony Deal and unique artist Brittany Deal. Born out of a love for art, welding and fabrication, Steel Movements offers a wide range of creations from the artistic to the practical. Most offerings are tailor-made to customer preferences and requests.
”The welding of metal is akin to sewing two fabrics together. There is a beauty and calmness in the movements of steel.” www.facebook.com/steelmovements
Wise Earth and Iron Metal Fabricator
Wise Earth & Iron is a family owned and operated metal art company that specializes in custom metal art décor, furniture and signs. Each piece is handcrafted.
In addition to Christmas ornaments and accessories, they create many designs with military themes.
Davidson County Wood Carvers
These woodcarvers create wonderful works of art. A nonprofit wood carving club for anyone who loves to carve, teach and have fun. They offer lessons for beginners and supple the wood blanks and carving tools.
Many of the members have been carving for 20 years and want to teach the next generation. Make sure you stop by and carve a while! Many of these amazing carvers are veterans which we Salute at Winterfest.
Meetings are held every Monday, 7-9pm at Center Hill Baptist Church, Hwy 8 in Lexington, NC.
Bubba’s Wood Crafts
This artist is known by Sammy Harris to his fellow North Rowan High School peers.
Coming from Kodiak, Tennessee, this Smoky Mountain Artisan brings primitive/barnwood nativities, Tobacco Stick trees, Wooden Flags, and epoxy resin ornaments and coasters.
Sammy Irvin Harris may be found on Facebook
Available on Dec 1st and 2nd only
Debi’s Homespun Creations
Beautifully hand-crafted knit and felt hats, scarves, pins, and accessories from Debi Garret. Debi , a Spencer original. She creates these beautiful wool or acrylic hats and scarves with exquisite style and color.
They are perfect for those cold, chilly days of Winter. Debi’s hats have been featured in boutiques in South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. She conducts workshops in hat making and felting near her home in Travelers Rest, SC.
Follow at: facebook.com/heritagefarmandcrafts
Contact at email@example.com or (864) 607-6021
Donkey Mountain Crafts
Wendy loves crafting, so come check out her assortment of German Themed Items, Wood Crafts, Jewelry, Homemade Extracts, Christmas Décor, handmade soaps and lotions. There is something for everyone!
Wendy C. Foster
Five Little Dragons
Beautiful crocheted “Stuffies”. Sommer loves to crochet stuffed animals and other fun characters. She loves doing local events and craft shows and you don’t want to miss these adorable creations!
Sommer Medford may be found on Face Book and Instagram under the same business name.
Rachel Bond and Cassidy Shepherd come to the festival from North Wilkesboro, NC. They offer a variety of dainty gold and silver chains, and they are all made in the USA. Permanent Jewelry is a perfect reminder of a special bond, promise, commitment, or celebration. Custom jewelry made just for you! Necklaces, anklets, rings, and bracelets –you just found a new bougee version for a friendship bracelet!
Instagram@shopgoldengals; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook-Shop Golden Gals; www.goldengals.com
Available on Dec 1st and 2nd only
Culinary Chronomancer for all your home canning needs, get your Jam with personality! Try Homemade jams, jellies, and butters. Flavors include Peach Bourbon, Strawberry, Blueberry Lemon, Bourbon apple butter, and Margarita marmalade!
Betty Williams may be found on Facebook at Home Spun by Betty, and www.homespunbybetty.com
One-of-a-kind bottles wrapped in bright colorful yarn with fairy lights inside. These handmade originals will light up your room with unique art.
Kim Dart may be found on Facebook and Instagram of the same business name
Available on Dec 8th and 9th only
Kickin’ Boots Boutique
Morgan loves Western wear and offers Tumblers, Freshies, Shirts, Hoodies, and clay earrings.
For those Yellowstone Fans, be sure to stop by and check out her creations!
Morgan Rogers may be found on Facebook and Instagram by the same business name
Returning to the Winterfest with more of their amazing gifts for everyone. Be sure to stop in and look at their variety of handmade wooden nativities, Christmas count down calendars, book stands, phone stands, cutting boards, ornaments, and even Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” meters!
This is a proud Veteran-owned business.
Suzy and Scott Bennett may be found on Facebook, Instagram, and their website: www.littlewiddler.com
Buzz Curlett is a master at woodworking and his work can be found in the Local Focal Marketplace & Antiques Shop. From beautiful wood lanterns, cutting boards, signs, and charcuterie boards, his beautiful work displays his wonderful creativity.
Facebook - Pop’s Shop
Available on Dec 8th and 9th only
Poppy Kathryn Dews loves working with polymer clay; her specialty is miniatures. She loves creating dioramas and her sweet “tiny babies”. These treasures will keep you looking in awe at the detail she puts in a plate of sweet treats for Santa, or maybe you would prefer an entire dinner in miniature, complete with silverware. If you love to collect miniatures, have a special doll house, or just have a high regard for the work of a very detailed artist, you will love her work.
Poppy-Kathryn Van Ameringer Dews, Poppy’s Babies
Amanda brings a unique approach to upcycling. For those that love Journaling, you will love her work and story. She takes unwanted books destined for the landfill and creates amazing one-of-a-kind journals! Personalized, no problem. She also uses curious decorative items in, and on, the Journals so an identical one is not possible. Would you love to have Reclaimed Spines lead a Journal Workshop for you/your group, make sure you mention it while shopping.
Amanda Ballew may be found on Facebook and Instagram -@ReclaimedSpinesAmanda
Available on Dec 8th and 9th only
Owned by Spencer resident and artist/designer Shirl Hull who has a BA degree in Art from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Shirl loves to create unique wearable art for the body and decorative art for the home. She textures metal and uses natural stone beads for her line of jewelry. Her stylish and colorful crossbody bags are designed from an array of fabrics. Her hand painted ceramic coasters and decorative pillows will enhance your home décor. All of Shirl’s offerings are affordable and will make wonderful and thoughtful gifts. HAPPY SHOPPING!!!
Available on Dec 8th and 9th only
Shaped by Nature Pottery & Wood
These Artists have been showcased in the Salisbury Magazine, Yadkin Valley Magazine and offer Handcrafted designs inspired by nature’s beauty. They are not only very talented; they donate and support foundations supporting nature.
Heather and Chon Carlile may be found at
www.shaped-by-nature.com, Facebook, and Instagram as shapedbynature1
SHS Unique Boutique
Susan Sheek lives up to her business name; she is definitely a unique artist. Her whimsical characters can be found on shirts and cards. She also creates original paintings, ornaments from oyster shells, beautifully crafted trees, and home décor.
Sweet Suzie’s Treats
Who needs sugar plums dancing in their heads when you can have Sweet Susie’s Treats? With choices like Rice Krispy bars, muddy buddies, fudge, Fruity Pebble bars, and cookies, you are sure to find an “all so sweet” gift to enhance your Winterfest experience. Susan Carpenter brings her delicious “no bake” goodies and they are perfect for a quick snack while enjoying the festival, or as stocking stuffers, or special gifts for family, friends, and co-workers.
Hand made items for each and everyone, Kaitlyn creates adorable baby bows, bibs, clothes, and more. She will bring a variety of Pet bandanas ranging from small to x-large. Come grab a perfect bow or bandana for baby and fur baby!
Kaityln Hunsucker may be found on Facebook @southernstichstore2019
The Cookie Witch
We lead our company with kindness, authenticity, and compassion, with a little bit of magic. We aim to bring a smile to your face, and we work many hours at the intricate craft that is royal icing decorating.
Food safety and quality is important to us - we possess a ServSafe certification, and heat seal all of our cookies for freshness.
The Odd Knot Woodworks
Wood Artist, Dale Davis, brings absolute beauty to wood through is hand carvings. From and beautifully crafted Moravian star, to a sculpture created by a chainsaw, you will be amazed by his abilities. Make sure you check out his fine woodworking, carvings and hand made crafts. Each item is skillfully created and one-of-a-kind creations.
Dale Davis may be found on Facebook and at Mission Pottery
Available on Dec 1st and 2nd only
The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company
The Old 97 pops the most delicious all natural kettlecorn done the old fashion way. They offer classic and specialty flavors, including Cheerwine and Caramel.
The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company is a family run business out of Spencer that believes in bringing you the best quality kettle corn. They believe in giving back so they support Bread Riot and their mission to help local farmers and the community.
Laurie and Coleman Wilson www.old97kettlecorn.com , Facebook, Yelp, Faire
Warth & Co
Located in Welcome, NC, their fresh, all-natural, chemical free simmer kits will send warming aromas throughout your home. Try Gingerbread House, Citrus Spice, and many other scents of the season.
They may be found on Facebook.
Available on Dec 8th and 9th only
Windtree Studio Home
Meet Sharon Locklear, Graphic Designer and Artisan. Sharon loves to create using things from nature in her Home Décor. From Christmas trees, snowmen, arrangements, ornaments, and custom décor, you will love seeing all her creations and hopefully find a special gift for someone on your list!
Keep your memories alive with special merchandise designed for Winterfest.
The featured product will be Glass Flasks, Pitchers and Suncatchers, created and handblown by Phil Gilson, one of the last colonial American-style glassblowers.
Ornaments from the 1st Annual Winterfest will also be available.
Proceeds go back into the Winterfest fund for next year.
Winterfest Pictorial Postmark
The Spencer Postal Service has a special type of Santa, one who handwrites an answer to letters that kids write to Santa. And USPS will be on hand to collect those letters.
Winterfest has its own special postmark, so bring your letters or Christmas cards to be hand stamped.
In 2021, the post office received multiple requests for envelopes bearing our stamp from out-of-state.
The Postal Service’s history with letters to Santa dates back more than 100 years. Originally, all the letters to Santa were set aside, but post offices in 1912 were first authorized to open the letters and respond to them. Decades later, the program has expanded to become Operation Santa.
Chris & Carla’s Creations
Personalized items for everyone on your list.
Choose from Neon clocks, custom rings, stained glass, wooden ink pens. stainless steel tumblers, Porch leaners, etc.
For the sports fans, they even have corn hole boards for your favorite team.
In fact, they have so many products to choose from that they will be in two booths in the Indoor Market.
You may even know Carla from Carla’s Picture Framing on 10th St. in Spencer.
Laurie Berrier Wood and Sherri Hall have been best friends for over 30 years. When they decided to start their company, they named it EvyLights, derived from the oldest granddaughters, Ivy and Eva.
They make seasonal melts, along with high end perfume/cologne dupes, candles, wicked and wickless, specialty candles like mugs and cereal bowls. Air freshener sachets and soaps.
They have over 400 fragrances in rotation, so you are guaranteed to find one you like.
May be found on Facebook as EvyLights
Gardens & Gemstones
Handcrafted gemstone jewelry created by Melanie Schichtel in Morganton, NC.
Melanie is a landscape designer by day, and maker by night. As a landscape designer, she's constantly looking at plants. With each new season, comes a wave of colors that catches her eye.
“Using nature to inspire me and using natural stones and materials to bring new jewelry to life is extremely fulfilling. When I look at the flowers, the plants, the gemstones, the shells and pearls, I don't just see beauty; I see a creation from God, a perfectly designed piece of nature. That's why most of my supplies are as close to their natural forms as possible. I want my jewelry to be a reflection of the God who created those materials.”
May be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy at Gardens & Gemstones.
Maggie Kerry Artworks
Maggie believes in Whimsy, magic, love, and possibilities. She is a self-taught Artist whose creations are a manifestation of Freedom, Flight, and Expansion with Acrylics and Mixed Media which she will showcase along with her hand painted ornaments.
Maggie Kerry Artworks is managed by Randy Plachy and may be found on Instagram @maggiekerry_artworks).
Oil of Joy Apothecary
Samuel & Sarah, a husband - wife team works together to create Organic, non-toxic, health-enhancing products that you can trust and love! They use raw organic ingredients from nature.
They never use chemicals or artificial ingredients, and their products are cruelty-free. Their products are also handcrafted from scratch.
A percentage of EVERY sale goes to benefit families and individuals in need. It's not just a product - it's a cause.
Simply Sue’s Bowtique
Specialty crafts--Stove Covers, Basket hangers, Blanket ladders Welcome signs, Potty boxes, Growth Rulers, Farmhouse signs, Decorative crosses and Christmas Ornaments.
Hand-painted wood products that add personality to your home or business. Add a bow or not, your choice.
For custom orders, text us:
Located in Trinity, NC.
Sue Brown may be found on Facebook at Simply Sue’s Bowtique
Stone & Hide
Janice Mcmanus creates wire wrapped jewelry including pendants, rings, and earrings. She also creates knotted bracelets and necklaces. Impeccable quality and using natural gemstones and crystals is top priority.
Janice McManus may be found on Facebook, Instagram@stoneandhidejewelry, and www.stoneandhide.com
Sun Raised Foods
Tonje was raised in Norway where lamb roam free maintaining the rural landscape. Her family has always enjoyed dry cured lamb and other traditional lamb dishes.
Sun Raised Foods markets their award-winning lamb salami, charcuterie and cuts through Farm To Table dinners, farmer’s markets, restaurants and online. In 2022, Sun Raised Foods was awarded the “Made in NC” food award by Our State Magazine for its artisan Lamb Salami.
Sleepy Bee Worx, LLC
Sleepy Bee Worx believes in the power of natural, products and brings honey and infused honey, beeswax candles, salve, lip balms, and body butters all of which are handmade. Christina offers shampoo bars, bath bombs, and Artisan soaps. She even has something for the furry friends. Try her dog shampoo bars and pad defense.
Christina Zink may be found on Facebook( do not put LLC in search), Instagram.com/sleepybeeworx, and sleepybeeworx.com
Handmade charcuterie boards, knives, coasters, bowls and more beautiful wood products for the home.
Keith Bruner has been woodworking and refinishing antiques for nearly 50 years. Originally out of the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, he moved to Davidson County about 35 years ago and stayed.
Taught by a few of the best woodworkers around, he says, “I love the look, the smell, the way wood feels in my hand.”
Hoff's Grill is the Home of the Famous Pork Chop sandwich.. If you are looking for all American food, this is the place. You will not go home hungry.
This year they are cooking Brats to give a nod to the Winterfest German Marketplace.
Locally owned by David & Jolene Houchins.
1621 W. Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Holy Cookie Dough
Premium edible cookie dough made with heat treated flour and is egg free making it 100% safe to eat straight out of the container.
Spending quality time together as a family is why Robert and his wife Melissa started a business with their eldest son Luke, wife Brea, and youngest son Matt, wife Destiny, in December 2020.
The Saul family joins forces twice a week to make and package the tasty product, which is sold from their food truck and by direct order.
Lil Donut Express
The business was started in 1990 by Donna Barnhardt. After her death, the family decided to honor her memory by expanding the donut business that she loved, focusing on special events, festivals and fundraising.
Since 2009, Donna’s children and grandchildren have been involved in making donuts. The company is still in the family and run as a small family business.
“We all love what we do and enjoy bringing mini donuts to events around Cabarrus County.”
Queso Salsa Authentic, Traditional Mexican Food
Come try the most delicious
Mexican Cuisine in the Spencer, NC area. Queso Salsa offers the true flavors of Mexico with our authentic, traditional Mexican dishes, which are always prepared using fresh, high-quality
ingredients. We offer a variety of Mexican dishes that are sure to please the whole family. So visit Queso Salsa during Winterfest and treat yourself to great food and friendly service!
If you want a heartier meal, come down the street to our restaurant at 318 5 Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC.
Stick It 2 You
Stick it 2 you is dedicated to making delicious food on skewers,
They sell chicken kebabs, veggie kebabs, beef kebabs and more.
Contact them for catering all events, parties, weddings, pool parties and more.
A local, family-owned business that has its roots in South Africa. The owners, Rod and Tina Poplin, served as missionaries along the Garden Route of South Africa for over eleven years. They fell in love with the local coffee culture and began to have an appreciation for quality coffee.
They truly desire to make a difference in their community and across the world. “Not only do we want to expose people to delicious coffee, but to also use it as a tool to build redemptive relationships with people.” A portion of their proceeds go to help fund ministries for the people along the Garden Route.
Great coffee with a worthy mission!
A local estate vineyard that specializes in Muscadine wines and offers a selection of Dry wines from North Carolina grown European varietals.
Their goal is to offer visitors to the vineyard a wonderful experience, quality food and wine products, while proudly promoting agritourism in our community of Salisbury and Rowan County.
Born in the heart of Salisbury, New Sarum Brewing derives its name from the original settlement name of Salisbury’s Sister City “Old Sarum” England.
The company is based on a basic principle, creating great craft beer. Each recipe begins with a study of an individual style of beer, searching history for proved and tested methods of creating the foundation. Full-body beers are created in a consistently high-quality standard that sets them apart from the competition.
109 N Lee Street