263 Marketplace in Warminster, PA

I was delighted to have the opportunity to organize and invite a group of local bloggers and their families to the 263 Marketplace the other week.

The 263 Marketplace is located at 700 York Rd in Warminster, PA. It’s a growing indoor shopper’s village that opened just last November. You can find a little bit of everything there including: antiques, apparel, children’s boutique items, hand-made jewelry, and local wine.

While the parents gathered and caught up with one another the kids had fun making ornament crafts provided by my shop, Lambkins Children’s Boutique.

After everyone arrived we were given a tour by Sven from 263 Lock & Key who introduced us to all the vendors within the marketplace as well as told us about upcoming events. Everyone happily tweeted their way thru the tour and you can see some of the highlights of our twitter tour here.

The Marketplace then treated bloggers to lunch and some of the family-run business within theGorgeous Gift Bags from the 263 Marketplace Vendors market contributed to gorgeous gift-bags that were given to each blogger. Other shops provided fun prizes that were raffled off. A random tweet was chosen to win a $25 gift certificate valid at any of the small businesses within the market. Congrats, Karla!

Best of all, the market arranged a surprise visit from Santa. You should have seen the kid’s faces when he came rolling around the corner on roller skates during our tour of the market! The 263 Marketplace Santa is extremely generous; not only can you take free pictures with him but he also gives out stockings full of gifts (while supplies last) to any child who visits.

And speaking of generosity, some of the bloggers who came brought board books or purchased them with at special discount from Just Children’s Books for an amazing local charity called Team Abby. Team Abby provides care packages to families experiencing long term stays at local area pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. Each package includes essentials as well as a board book.  When touching isn’t allowed for health reasons, parents can spend time bonding and connecting with their babies via reading.

Big thanks to the marketplace and the following vendors for making this event possible:  Uncle Joe Dautcher’s Farm Market, 263 Lock & Key, Hina’s Eyebrow Threading, Crabby Jean’s, Philly Apparel Company, CoolRays Tees, Joyful Teirs, Beautiful Baths, Carpet Buying Services, JMT Awnings, Unique Peddler, Bennick & Co, Malinda’s Eyewear, and Rina’s Rocks for helping to make this a successful and fun event!

See writeup at the Philly Social Media Moms blog too.