Puptown Pet Love

The co-owners of Puptown Pet Love, Matt Greenfield and his fiance Leigh Kessel pose with their dogs Chica and Sam.

Locally woman-owned business Jarvis Street Bottle Shop will host its Holiday Sip n’ Shop event which will feature local vendors on Dec. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. at its location at 211 S Jarvis St., Greenville, North Carolina.

Co-owner of Jarvis Street Bottle Shop Taylor Johnson said this will be the third year they will hold the pop-up market. She said the market is always meant to be “casual and stress free,” although the event has been on a larger scale in the past.

“I wanted to offer a place for local entrepreneurs to gather in one place to help support them and also offer our Greenville community a fun evening to peruse local and unique items,” Johnson said in an email statement.

There will be precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to Johnson. She said there will be a capacity restriction, masks required, hand sanitizer available, cleaning of surfaces and an open floor plan arranged for the market.

Johnson said she has two vendors confirmed for the pop-up shop, Puptown Pet Love and Happy Yarns. She said she was contacted by both businesses after she put out information about the event on social media. She said people should come out to the pop-up market to support local businesses and shop for the holidays.

“Small businesses are struggling everywhere right now and this is a great way to support them. It’s a safe way to shop and have a little fun without going to a crowded shopping center. You (shoppers) may even find that perfect gift,” Johnson said.

Matt Greenfield, co-owner of Puptown Pet Love, said he will be one of the vendors at the Sip n’ Shop event. He said his business specializes in personalized, in-home pet care services. Puptown Pet Love offers dog walking, cat visits, overnight pet sitting services and care for pets other than cats and dogs, Greenfield said.

At the pop-up market, Puptown Pet Love will promote their services as well as sell healthy homemade gingerbread dog treats, canine CBD oil and candles with pictures of dogs and cats on them, Greenfield said. He said as a new business, Puptown appreciates the community support and looks forward to connecting with more people at the market.

“I think it's important, especially during these times, for people to support local businesses. During the (COVID-19) pandemic, I know it’s not easy times for anybody, but if we band together as a community, it makes things easier on everyone,” Greenfield said.

Another Eastern North Carolina business which will be featured at the pop-up market is Happy Yarns, co-owned by Frances Rodriguez and Leslie King.

Happy Yarns just opened in October, according to Rodriguez and King. The partners have discussed opening their business since June, after King began crocheting earrings. This will be their first year at the pop-up market.

“We took stock of our finished items, and realized we had more than enough to start selling,” King said.

The Kinston-based business will bring a variety of products to the pop-up market, including headbands, ear warmers, earrings, hats, washcloths, small blankets, wraps, scarves and bags. One of their products, ‘Screw 2020’ hats, will provide a five dollar donation to Give Directly for each hat sold at the market.

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