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Makers Market reaches a new audienceSubmitted: 12/15/2018

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WAUSAU - December brings plenty of holiday markets to shop at.

There are a lot of handmade items and Christmas treats to go around.

Saturday's Makers Market in Wausau provided just that but did things a little bit differently.

They tried to reach a younger demographic and offer them new styles and trends from throughout Wisconsin.

"A lot of the makers here are a little bit more modern, kind of catchy items that I would like to have in my own home and people my age would like to have, too," said co-founder Alex Eichten.

This is their fourth event in the Wausau area.

She said more 2,000 people came out to shop.




Story By: Adriana Michelle

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