Posted by:Della Mbaya
December – as exciting as it is – can sometimes be more than a little stressful. Christmas should mean more than spending five hundred hours of your day searching for gifts that say something about you and your relationship with the recipient. Is it meaningful enough? Does it seem well thought out? Have I spent enough?
All valid questions. Which is why I’m super glad I headed down to The Hub this weekend, to check out what will hopefully become a regular occurrence – their Christmas Fair: unique vendors taking up various levels of the city’s most majestic mall – varying in diversity from clothing to jewelry to foodstuff to bags and shoes.
The Christmas Fair ran from Saturday 10th through to Monday (Jamhuri Day) and I was so impressed by what was shown, that I made it to the venue on two separate days, chatting with vendors from almost every single station – the majority of them local Kenyan producers, all them super passionate about their craft and their product.
Vava Coffee focuses on ethical trade. A social enterprise that is looking to make profit but not at the expense of Kenyan farmers who produce the crop. A gorgeous bag of coffee wrapped in local cloth makes a fantastic and unique gift and is priced at around 800 shillings!
Confini was one of my favourite vendors of the day – they manufacture flavoured liquorice and are super passionate about the Kenyan market. Personalised gift tins of sweets for various occasions come in at just over 300 shillings per tin! Definitely a win!
After all that shopping, the perfect place for a spot of lunch. Picazzo on the first floor provided the perfect opportunity for people watching combined with an exciting menu and lush sangrias. They have Happy Hour from 4-7pm every day and a really top lineup of December specials as well.
If you didn’t manage to catch the Christmas Fair over the long weekend, there is absolutely no cause for worry – the next few weeks will be super ripe for shopping and entertainment at the Hub – with ‘Discover Shopping’ taking place all the way until then end of December – allowing you to engage with the best deals from all vendors.
Christmas Carols take place on the 23rd and the 24th of the month while a bumper Boxing Week sale happens on the 26th of December to 1st January.