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Locally made, artisanal crafts and food will be on sale at Pre-Valentine’s Day markets in two Queens neighborhoods – Astoria and Rockaway Park – on Sunday, Feb. 11.

The Astoria Market will pop up at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden from noon until 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to peruse handmade, baked, and vintage goods and also head downstairs for traditional Czech and Slovak cuisine and drinks.

Founded in 2010, Astoria Market organizes periodical showcases with more than 30 local makers of such items as accessories, chocolate, clothes, jewelry, and stationary. Frequent vendors include Rosey Bubbles Soap, Theobucket Vintage, Patchwork Blues, Strung Out Jewelry, Knit One Pearl Two, Heartstrings 3D Printed Earrings, Timeless Octopus, and Floresta.

Meanwhile on the other side of the borough, Riis Park Beach Bazaar’s Holiday Market will take place from noon to 7 p.m.

Spearheaded by WickCraft by Sarah, who specializes in repurposing vintage china and glassware into customized soy candles and other unique crafts, this market has a similar theme as its Astoria cousin. Attendees can expect handmade jewelry, body scrubs, winter gear, and plants.

The Dropout, which is the bazaar’s off-season restaurant, will serve brunch, while Riis Point Bar will provide beverages. Matt Preis, a deejay also known as “Max Power,” will spin music. He promises to play “love, post love, anti-love, and love-to-love you songs” in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Bohemian Hall is located at 29-19 24th Ave., while Riis Park Beach Bazaar’s Holiday Market is at 167-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Images: Astoria Market


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