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Holiday Shoppers Seek Unique Finds At Market

The first of the season events hosted at Grandpa’s Barn on Enterprise Road in Escalon drew a steady stream of shoppers over the weekend.

Put on by Lorina’s Edible Garden, he Market at the Barn ran Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8 through 10, and brought together a number of specialty vendors. Attendees had the chance to get in some early holiday shopping and could find some autumn-themed décor, along with plenty of plants, herbs, soaps, lotions, handmade items and more.

Chessie’s Dreamery was on hand with its selection of vegan and gluten free products, while local Stampin’ Up demonstrator Gerri Andrade also had a booth with note cards, calendars, some stamped wooden Christmas ornaments and more. Other booths ranged from Damsel in Defense self-defense items for women to LipSense and Sweet Doodle Cakes Bakery.

Specializing in custom decorated sugar cookies, owner/decorator Nichole Renwick said she was also at the ‘barn’ last year and was happy to return for a weekend this year.

“I’ve been working on them throughout the week, when I do a lot that are the same color scheme, it is like an assembly line,” she said of the autumn colored cookies. “It’s fun to be here with the other small businesses.”

Originally from Modesto, Renwick now lives in Stockton and is a licensed home baker.

Also setting up shop for the weekend at the barn was Scentsy consultant Brianna Angle of Waterford.

Once focusing primarily on melting scented wax air fresheners, Scentsy has now delved into such areas as room sprays, scented counter cleaners, even ‘blankie buddy’ stuffed scented animals for kids.

“They’ve beefed it up quite a bit,” Angle agreed of the product line.

Pam Mitchell with LipSense had a line of make-up products and also offers make-up classes. Attending the event from Modesto, she was participating for the first time and, if her schedule permits, said she might be back for the December ‘Christmas in Grandpa’s Barn’ events.

There was also food and beverages available throughout the weekend and hostess Lorina Cajias had her wide variety of products for sale, including her homemade soaps, custom crafted dried spice blends and more.

Coming up next is a Harvest Tea, by reservation only, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will feature a fall-inspired lunch with tea, with a $15 option including soup, salad and dessert, and a $25 option including mini sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres, soup, salad and dessert.

Call for reservations at 209-402-7567 or email

The barn is at 17693 Enterprise Road.

Two weekends in December will offer up the Christmas in Grandpa’s Barn, Dec. 6 through 8 and Dec. 13 through 15 with vendors also coming in for those special market days.