This Week in Chelsea: November 21-27, 2022


   Small Business Saturday / Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea / Small Works Exhibition at Fountain House Gallery / Archived Recording Marble Collegiate Church’s America Post-Roe V. Wade Panel

Small Business Saturday: November 26 | Your neighborhood thrives when you support local, independent merchants. Well said, isn’t it? Yes? Then we’re compelled to tell you we lifted that opening sentence wholesale from the Village Alliance (Business Improvement District), as stated on their Small Business Saturday (SBS) landing page. Click here to see it and lean about area businesses offering free SBS discounts. It’s worth noting that while the Village, Flatiron/NoMad, Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen, and the Meatpacking District all have BIDs that champion small businesses throughout the year, Chelsea cannot claim a BID of its own. That makes supporting this website’s namesake neighborhood on SBS (and any old day of the year) a challenge—but it’s one we know you’re up to. It’s also one we’re at work on throughout the year (click here to visit our Support Small Businesses section). And now, in a listing already top heavy with hyperlinks, here’s a list of businesses featured in our “Support Small” section. Click on their names to be taken to their articles: Hummus & Pita Co., The Makeup Show, Uriel’s Shoe & Watch Repair, Chelsea Table + Stage, and three Seventh Ave. businesses worth supporting.

Image via Down to Earth Farmers Market

The Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm on the North side of West 23rd St., off Ninth Ave. New York area growers and artisan food makers make the trip to Chelsea every Saturday through Dec. 17. This Market was created with the support of nearby Church of the Holy Apostles, with the mission of bringing wholesome and delicious foods to the neighborhood’s shoppers and supporting local small farms and food businesses. “The Chelsea Farmers Market is a grower-producer market,” its founders note, “meaning that vendors must be farmers or make food with ingredients purchased from local farms. The few exceptions to this rule are olive oil, chocolate and coffee vendors who can document their sourcing.  The Market’s ninth season offers fruits, vegetables, and meats from area farms. Market favorites Pickle Licious and Orwashers Bakery are back and going strong, along with fresh faces including Ideal Fish from Waterbury, CT. SNAP EBT is welcome (visit the manager’s tent to get tokens; matching Health Bucks are available). Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, issued by WIC offices and Seniors’ centers, can be used from June through November. Down to Earth’s Melissa noted, in an email sent prior to the Market’s November 19 date, “If you are hoping to enjoy a delicious tasting heritage turkey this Thanksgiving, some of our vendors are still taking orders in time for delivery next week, but may have a more limited selection than earlier in the season. However, if turkey for Christmas is on thetable, now is the time to jump in with your order to make sure you get exactly the type of bird you want. Gobble gobble to that!” Get Market news by signing up for their email newsletter via the Down to Earth Markets website (click here to access it) or

Small Works: $100 & Under Through December 28 at Fountain House Gallery (702 Ninth Ave. at W. 48th St.) | No need to wait until Thanksgiving dinner has been cleared from the table: The annual holiday gift-giving game is officially afoot, and you don’t have to risk getting caught a Midnight Superstore Stampede at this “buy off the wall” exhibition featuring hundreds of original artworks priced at $100 and under.

Boo Lynn Walsh’s “Secret Garden” (2022, watercolor on wood block, 7 x 5 in.).

Working in mediums including acrylic, mixed media, fabric, digital photography, sculpture, and jewelry, the featured artists share at least two things in common. One: They all rose to the challenge of expressing themselves within the dimensions of 6×6 inches or less. Two: They’re part of a talent pool nurtured by Fountain House Gallery and Studio, which “supports the careers and creative visions of artists living with mental illness.” Artworks are sold on a first come, first served basis. To preview selected works from the show, click here. For more info. on Fountain House Gallery and Fountain House itself, click here and here, respectively. By phone: 212-262-2756. Gallery Hours: 12pm-6pm, Tues.-Sat. at 702 Ninth Ave. (at W. 48th St.).

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