By Jordan Davidson
Special to DNAinfo.com New York
INWOOD — Bread and Yoga will host its popular holiday market featuring the work of local artists in a donated Inwood storefront this weekend — a year after a fire destroyed the studio's building.
The fate of the holiday market was thrown into doubt when Bread and Yoga and several other small businesses lost their space in a massive fire that tore through its building on the corner of Broadway and West 207th Street nearly a year ago.
Edison Properties, the owner of the Inwood Center located at 5030 Broadway, donated the space for the holiday market.
“It was too important to give up on it,” said Marcela Xavier, Bread and Yoga’s founder and director. “There’s so much talent in Inwood, and Bread and Yoga offers a home to nourish that talent.”
The thriving yoga studio quickly became a community cultural center, offering art and cooking classes for children and adults before the blaze. Classes have continued at Holy Trinity Church at 20 Cummings St. while Xavier searches for a permanent space.
“The past holiday markets were like opening the doors to my home for a big celebration,” she said. “The space on loan this year feels different, but it’s still very exciting.”
The one-room space is larger than the former Bread and Yoga studio. Xavier intends to make the holiday market an attractive venue with artwork from the studio’s after-school program adorning the walls, installations from local artists, live music, a DJ and wine tastings.
More than 20 vendors have committed to the market, and more are expected to trickle in as the weekend approaches. Confirmed vendors include Manor House Soaps, Spot On- Society Preserving Old Things and Odd Notions, The Peralta Project, Katherine Carey Millinery, Bonnie B Jewelry, Greengarten's, Dr. Superhelga, Lisa Nedoff, Rolling Heads and Friends, Penny Made It, Art by DJBoy, Word Up Books, Brazen Lingerie, Inwood Soaps, Cutco Cutlery, Shannon Park - Make Up Artist, Adriana Quesada Jewelry, Chickpea and Olive, Little Chicken, Eco Mundo, and Jon Resnick photography.
“We have wonderful, local people making amazing products,” Xavier explained. “You can do all your holiday shopping right here. You can keep your money up here. You don’t have to go Downtown.”
The Bread and Yoga Holiday Market takes place Dec. 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Dec. 15-16, from noon to 6 p.m. at 5030 Broadway, at the corner of 213 Street.