‘Holiday Fair Pop-up’ debuts this weekend in Flatbush

Clothing and accessories made in Ghana and available at the Flanbwayan ‘Holiday Fair Pop Up.’
Gary Fray

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project kicks off the holiday season with its debut this weekend of “Holiday Fair Pop-up,” featuring small businesses and artists in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project — a youth membership-based organization serving newcomer and young adult Haitian immigrant students in New York City, who are English Language Learners (ELLs) between the ages of 14 to 21 – said in a statement that the event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, at 206 Parkside Ave., between Flatbush and Ocean avenues.

“This brand-new socially-distanced holiday shopping event will feature nine-plus small local businesses and artists from the broad Brooklyn community coming through with books, decor, fashions, treats and more, with gifts for all ages, in one great retail location at 206 Parkside between Ocean and Flatbush Avenues,” the group said.

It said this event is easily accessible to public transportation, with the Q train to Parkside, buses B16, B41 and B49 and limited street parking.

Additionally, while visiting Flanbwayan’s “Holiday Fair Pop Up,” shoppers are invited to “make a day of it,” enjoying nearby Prospect Park and the meals, beverages, baked goods and music available at the event and in the neighborhood. Social distancing and masks are required.

“We are excited to invite all of New York City to our first ‘Holiday Fair Pop Up,’” said Flanbwayan’s Executive Director, Darnell Benoit. “Our holiday festivities will showcase emerging area businesses, crafters and artists to offer great cultural shopping for the holidays.

“The idea is to promote our existing small and local businesses, and to welcome everyone to our great Brooklyn Flatbush community,” he added. “It is a win-win for holiday shoppers and visitors who are seeking beautiful cultural gifts and want a socially-distanced and safe way to get their holiday shopping done.”

Benoit said Flanbwayan’s Haitian Literacy Project, which was founded in 2005, provides “a safety net for Haitian youth who may possibly fall through the cracks of an overwhelming high school placement process as they enter the New York area, providing much needed services, including individual education assessments and appropriate school placements.”

For more information, please visit: www.flanbwayan.org

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