TEMPLE WEATHER

HOLIDAY MARKET & FOOD TRUCK FRENZY

Stacie Anderson of Temple is all smiles as she shows off her tallow-based body care products. Her business, You Say Goodbye and I Say Tallow will be one of more than 100 vendors setting up shop at the Dec. 10 Holiday Market & Food Truck Frenzy in the City Hall parking lot.

100+ vendors coming to Dec. 10 Downtown event

DAVID STONE | OUR TOWN TEMPLE

Burgers, bread, jewelry, artwork, pet supplies and tallow-based skin products — with more than 100 vendors confirmed, the Temple’s Holiday Market & Food Truck Frenzy likely has something for everyone on your shopping list.

Presented by the Temple Small Business Coalition, Holiday Market will be 2-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the City Hall parking lot.

“So far we have close to 20 food truck vendors and more than 100 total booths,” said JD McBride, one of the event’s organizers. 

“And we have musical entertainment — the KCD Band will be playing live that night and they will be incorporating some Christmas music throughout their set,” McBride said. “We will, of course, have a bounce house and the city tree will be up with lights on. There will be lots to do — maybe some photo opportunities.”

One of the many unique vendors who will have pop-up booths at Holiday Market will be You Say Goodbye and I Say Tallow, a business owned by Temple resident Stacie Anderson. Many people expect to find something to eat at the tallow-based business. 

“That happens a lot,” Stacie said with a laugh. “I sell tallow-based women’s body products.”

“Any animal fat can be used to make tallow, but I use beef fat and I process it myself,” she said. “I render it down repeatedly to purify the tallow and get rid of any odors or imperfections.
“Once I have a quality tallow, I make three products — a lip balm, a facial moisturizer and body butter,” she said. “My body butter is a use-all-over general purpose lotion.”

Stacie, who originally hails from Houston but moved to Temple about two years ago, has been making tallow-based body care products for about six months.

“This is a fairly new venture,” she said. “I started out trying to develop something simple and natural for myself that would save me money. Beauty products can cost a pretty penny in stores.”

“I started with a facial moisturizer, then branched out,” she said. “I make things I use. All of my products have just three or four ingredients. I use natural, organic, and when possible, local ingredients.”

Stacie sells her products at pop-ups in Temple and in the Georgetown area. She also takes orders through her Instagram site — goodbyetallow — and is in the process of building a website.

“The Instagram page is perfect for those who want to customize a product,” she said. “Some want to add a scent.”

While Stacie is cautious about growing too fast, she does have some plans for the future.

“Of course having a website will help increase my online presence, and I’m planning on creating some men’s products such as beard oil,” she said. “I also plan to hit more and new markets. I’m exploring some other options as well. But I’m going to take it slow. I don’t want to get my hand in too many pots until I’m more established. It’s great getting feedback at markets.”

In addition to Stacie’s tallow-based products, Holiday Market shoppers also will find a plethora of options such as soaps from Rocky Gutter Soap Co. and Through the Dutch Door, and baked goods from Ed’s Bred, Baked with Grace, Jolene’s Cakes & More, Jessica’s Baking, Funnel Cake Fantasies, Firefly Bake Shop, The Occasional Cupcake, Sweet Enough Cookies and Heike’s Cakes and German Pastries, among others. 

Antiques, body care, jewelry, candles, hummus, crafts and Texas gifts also will be available.

Shoppers who hit the lengthy list of bakeries may want to save those treats for later — there also will be a ton of food truck options at the adjoining Food Truck Frenzy.

According to McBride, booth space is still available. Email TempleSBCoalition@gmail.com.

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