Mike and I frequent Atlas Park quite often – since before the closing of Borders and the addition of Forever 21. I remember when it was just a movie theater! But it’s always been a fun little oasis and reminds me a lot of my old hang outs in California. When I heard that the LIC Flea team was putting together an indoor Queens Holiday Market in the same area I got all kinds of excited. I pictured home made “cookies from Santa” dishes and unique ornaments and reindeer mugs and Frosty the Snowman everything.
But this indoor market was meant to simply be a one stop shop for your holiday gift shopping, not holiday home shopping. There were literally no holiday items to be found. But it was a wonderful way to discover local brands and other Queens peeps! Here are a few of my favorite spots:
Soap for Sinners
I’m a huge sucker for natural, home made, organic, locally made soaps and candles, and Soap for Sinners really fits the bill. While I’ve never been a fan of bar soaps, their large selection almost converted me. There was so much to choose from: toning mists, lip balm, peppermint lotion, rose serum, candles, shaving bars, and more. After much deliberation I grabbed their Pine Fir Needle Cedarwood candle for our living room. There’s nothing like a billion delicious smelling candles in a NYC apartment to trick you into thinking you’re in a log cabin. Love it.
I was also able to try out the Coffee Body Scrub. Soap for Sinners makes sure their coffee grounds are not recycled which makes the scrub that much more stimulating and exfoliating. My skin felt tighter and more hydrated after using this scrub. How is that possible? Literally no clue, but I’m a fan.
Brooklyn Queens Wear
Street hats and beanies are a dime a dozen here. It’s rare to find something of good quality and adorable design from a vendor. Generally I get my winter hats from Forever 21. However, that is likely changing this year. Although it isn’t cold enough to wear a beanie just yet, I adore the designs from Brooklyn Queens Wear – such great colors and adorable patterns that are well made. Seriously, they are warm hats so they are perfect for cold weather in addition to being fashionable. YAS, Queen!
I’m not one to obsess over brownies, but you guys, Craic Brownies actually stole my heart. First of all, how cute are these mason jar brownies? Second, you literally have to try it to believe it. Gooey on the inside, crunchy on the outside, the perfect and ideal mix of deliciousness. I truly lost my mind and cried a little on the inside because we couldn’t purchase hundreds of these. We only had the sample but it was enough to send me and Mike into brownie overdrive. No regrets.
House of Mac
Okay okay okay, this is a little ridiculous I know. The food was just really good! I’ve never been one to hate on Mac and Cheese. In fact, Mac and Cheese might be my favorite comfort good of all times? But House of Mac was too good to pass up. Mike got a Waffle Wac & Cheese and I tried the Fried Mac & Cheese (pictured below). I would highly recommend either one!
Although we were disappointed with the lack of Christmas and holiday oriented vendors, I will always love the LIC Flea and enjoy wandering around and meeting new people. If you’re able to get to the Glendale area I would highly recommend taking a trip to the Queens Holiday Market! While you can’t get your holiday decor on you can certainly find something for everyone on your list. Mike and I purchased some fun things for friends and family from various stores, and we’re super excited to gift everything!
It’s almost Christmas Time… eeee!! All your present procrastinators out there… get a move on it! ;)