On November 14, a new holiday pop-up market is opening at Newport on the Levee inside the building that formerly housed Barnes and Noble. During the upcoming holiday season, The Exchange Market will feature a variety of seasonal events and activities, with the first floor reserved for local vendors and the second floor available to be used as an office space.
The 11,000-square-foot marketplace is part of an ongoing development project for Newport on the Levee by local real estate company North American Properties. Fifteen local business and vendors can lease short-term office and retail space at a time, so the offerings will revolve on a regular basis.
Come November 14, customers can enjoy these 10 businesses at the Exchange:
Ripple Wine Bar, which opened a location in Covington last year, will operate at the center of the market. Ripple will offer a selection of 15 wines by the glass or bottle and cheese boards, as well as bottles and customizable charcuterie to give as gifts this holiday season.
Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, of Findlay Market fame, will offer more than 500 different herbs, spices, and custom blends. At the Exchange, Colonel De’s will sell shakers, sampler sets, and spice packets.
Farmhouse Goods Co. is described as a “general store-style concept,” and will offer everything from vintage rock T-shirts to gourmet caramel apples. According to Newport on the Levee’s website, this retailer will be housed in a “ski lodge-esque trailer,” perfect for the winter season.
&Sundries is a local home goods and soap maker, with an original location in East Walnut Hills. At the Exchange, &Sundries will sell cold pressed bar soaps and lotions, which, like all of &Sundries products, are handmade and ethically sourced.
ANEW Clothing will sell thoughtfully and locally crafted apparel, including items like denim painted by Cincinnati artists and scrunchies made from pre-loved shirts. ANEW is a project by NKU entrepreneurship and business management student Jessica Wert.
Roebling Books will offer a cozy, community-minded bookstore atmosphere with a carefully curated selection of titles and other gifts. Their sister store, Roebling Point Books & Coffee, is located in Covington on Greenup Street, right off the Roebling Bridge.
Bluegrass & Sass, a curated boutique in Northern Kentucky which offers young contemporary clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. Bluegrass & Sass also features the work of local artisans including: signs, fiber art, and baked goods.
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, and one of the world’s largest and oldest fair-trade organizations. Here you can find gift items, home decor, and personal accessories hand-made by 130 artisan groups from 38 different countries.
Queen City Cotton Candy is a local cotton candy cart based with a modern twist. It offers a range of signature gourmet cotton candy flavors, such as lavender, vanilla latte, cherry, and sparkling wine, with toppings like rose petals, pop rocks, and marshmallows.
The Micro Shop is a rotating vendor space, in which a new local business will set up shop about every two weeks.
Keep an eye out for forthcoming details about the Exchange’s events, such as live music, story time with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday-themed workout classes, and more.