Last Chance Holiday Market at the Pyramid Scheme

by Bri Kilroy | photography courtesy of Pyramid Scheme

Whatever it is that’s kept you from completing (or starting) your holiday shopping, the Pyramid Scheme has you covered. The downtown bar and venue’s annual Last Chance Holiday Market creates a space for you to redeem yourself from procrastination, and stumble upon the perfect gift just in time for the holidays.

“We often joke that our customers do their last-minute gift shopping here at the bar,” event organizer Carolyn VandenBerg said. “We have an extensive selection of t-shirts and art for sale by our co-owner, Jeff VandenBerg, and a few other local artists; painting, screen printing, jewelry, clothing, cards and crafts. You name it!”

The Last Chance Holiday Market was shaped from the Pyramid Scheme’s original Indoor Art Market, which occurred twice a year and gave local artists the opportunity to sell their works to customers while simultaneously attracting fans of the Heartside art scene. The event developed into an annual family-friendly tradition welcoming all ages to discover handmade, original items that showcase the talent and variety of our local artists.

The Pyramid Scheme fills its entire bar space and back event room with up to 35 vendors displaying everything from vibrant paintings that allow you to cover your walls with a surge of the local art scene to screen printed t-shirts that serve as a wearable masterpiece. The Pyramid Scheme prioritizes choosing new artists each year to keep the inventory fresh and dynamic, but shoppers can still look forward to visiting their favorite makers from Christmas past. Every vendor at the Last Chance Holiday Market is local and the majority of items available for purchase are handmade, guaranteeing a vast collection of gift possibilities that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Last Chance Holiday Market is happening at the Pyramid Scheme December 10, 4-8 p.m.— conveniently during their daily happy hour. Ages 21 and over can enjoy $1 off all Michigan beverages from beers to liquors and the cider in between. Get your last bit of shopping done at the holiday market that combines local art with the thrill of a bar. Stay updated at the event’s Facebook page and visit to learn more about the Pyramid Scheme including upcoming shows, events and weekday specials.

What: Last Chance Holiday Market
Where: The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave. SW
When: December 10, 4-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Bri Kilroy is a Grand Valley and AmeriCorps alumna who learned to type through vigorous Mavis Beacon trainings. She also passes as an artist, illustrator and author of this bio.



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