French Market offers goodies galore > US

It may not be possible to browse the shops of Paris, but it will be possible to browse the shops of the French Market this weekend at Baker Arts Center.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, and visitors will be able to get some shopping done and also to get lunch.

It is not the only way in which the Baker Arts Center has kept men in mind for the French Market this year. Some of the items to be found in the different shops and the silent auction include men’s boots, branding irons for steaks, shop towels and a barbecue set that will also go with two sets of barbecue ribs from Meisenheimer’s.

Among the shops available to look through this year are some from years before but also a new one. This year, visitors can stop in the Christmas Shoppe, the Gift Shoppe, the Dessert Shoppe, the Décor and More Shoppe and the Tea and Sweets Shoppe or participate in the silent auction.

In the Christmas Shoppe, there will be many kinds of gift items for the holiday season, including stockings, stocking stuffers, homemade hobby horses and Christmas tic-tac-toe.

The Gift Shoppe will feature items that can be given as gifts in the fall, winter or any other time of year. Some of the items include tea towels, decorated pillows, picture frames and even a corner specifically for the men.

The Dessert Shoppe will feature different sorts of cakes and desserts people can buy, by the slice or more if they would like.

The Décor and More Shoppe has a variety of decorative items for the home, including wreaths, swags and candles.

Finally, an old favorite was mixed with a new one with the Tea and Sweets Shoppe. The shop will feature sweets such as fudge, toffee, chocolate covered cherries and other items made by women in Liberal.

The tea part of the shop is the new feature this year, and Fawkes said it will have everything dealing with tea, from tea pots and tea cups to sugar cube tongs and tea. Among these items are also tea pots that have been matched to trays by local artists who painted them for the Baker Arts Center’s event. This is not the only shop in which local artists have taken part, however.

For those who would like to have lunch at the Baker Arts Center, the cost is $10, and a reservation is required for one of the three seatings: 11 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. Those who do not want to join in on the meal are still welcome to look through the shops.

The French Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Baker Arts Center. Anyone who would like to make a reservation or who would like more information can call the Baker Arts Center at 624-2810.