The Advent Shop

Christmas can still change the world! By giving more creatively and thoughtfully, and spending just a little less at the mall, we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. The Advent Shop helps individuals create and purchase gifts that will inspire and make an impact. Gifts will range from locally made, justice oriented, socially conscious and handmade goods. A portion of all proceeds will go to Gateway's global outreach fund to provide justice and mercy for people in El Salvador, Guatemala and Cambodia.

Sunday, November 13th from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
Open and free to everyone!


BecauseHope  |  Stephie Berg
BecauseHope shop was first started to bring hope to young girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking here in Iowa one cozy stitch at a time. 15% of all proceeds goes directly to supporting a local house which provides these resilient girls' safety and recovery. Products consist of hand-sewn leather journals and high-quality knitwear such as chunky infinity scarves, throws, and hats/beanies for both adults and toddlers. Instagram:

Beautycounter  |  Jen Morrow
Beautycounter is a socially conscious company committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what's required by U.S. law. Beautycounter has banned the use of more that 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through Never List, all while ensuring products perform and that they're as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market. This booth will have hand cream on site and will take orders for luxurious and safe skin care items. Christmas delivery guaranteed.

Hopeful Africa  |  Moses Bomett
Selling African artifacts from Kenya along with some apparel on behalf of Hopeful Africa. Hopeful Africa, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to foster sustainable prosperity in Africa through educational development and equal partnership. Hopeful Africa strongly believes Africa is full of hope and potential. Africa is diverse, rich in resources, and full of intelligent, driven people. However, a strong educational infrastructure is necessary in order to achieve sustainable prosperity. For now, Hopeful Africa’s efforts are focused on building educational resources at partner schools in Kenya. To learn more visit:

Threads of Hope  |  Renea Poyzer
Bracelets & more!

Michael Buckley
Homemade sweet and spicy mustard.


Beza Threads  |  Josiah Carter
Beza Threads help bring redemption and freedom to the enslaved, providing rehabilitation and job training to give them a sustainable future. We support organizations and former slaves by bringing their products to the marketplace. Each scarf is hand-crafted by teenagers in our program and takes seven hours to create. Buy a scarf for $30 and pay for one day on the path to freedom.

Kristen Lee
Kristen will be selling quilts, baby blankets, bibs, mermaid tail blankets, and other sewn items. Businesses are Spare a Square Quilts where she makes custom quilts, and Mashe Modern fabrics where she sells quilting fabrics in bundles. and

The Gateway Church
Selling inventory of books, journals & t-shirts for $5 each! 

Sophia Stewart & Mia Anderson
Selling baked goods, a Native American technique bracelet, and crochet baby blankets.

Christina Nichols
'Wood and Weld' is classic and timeless handcrafted natural wood jewelry that makes a statement with any outfit! A Wood and Weld jewelry piece is a great way to tell your family members you think they're fashionable, stylish, and special! A percentage of proceeds from Wood and Weld go to help support Safe Families of Des Moines, a network of volunteers that come along side families in crisis. Safe Families creates extended family-like support by hosting vulnerable children. Volunteers are motivated by compassion to keep children safe, out of foster care, and reunite children with their families.

The Gateway Church
Selling lunch to fuel all the happy shoppers!

Josina Supplies  |  Joan Sinali
African crafts from Kenya Made from wood, soap stone and banana fiber. There will also be some jewelry  and African clothes. Facebook.

Graystitch  |  Jaime Tessman
Graystitch sells a wide variety of handmade children's clothing including leggings, hoodies, skirts, accessories and dresses.,

The Gateway Church  |  Kids’ Craft Table
Be sure to have the little ones stop by the Craft Table to create something festive! A great way to let the kids have fun while the parent’s shop!

Flashback Vintage  |  Allison Stuart
Selling vintage baby clothes.


The 412 Shop  |  Liz Patterson
Lamps and layered laser cut art.

Wildtree  |  LeAnn Thongvanh
Selling all natural food products and meal solutions for busy families. Wildtree is a meal solutions company- we help busy families get simple, healthy meals on the table in no time.  We offer a variety of products to help families make meals fast, fresh, or make ahead of time with our freezer meal workshops.  Check out these options plus get tons of recipes as well as more information about our organic product line at

Freedom for Youth
Freedom for Youth's role is to unite and empower Christian communities to reach young people from kindergarten through 22 years old with programs that help them stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace, and develop healthy relationships. Our programs include tutoring, after-school activities, meals, job training, and residential services for post-high school students - all centered on the message of Jesus Christ's saving grace.

Yarns by Noelle  |  Noelle Wagner
Sells Amigurumi, which are crocheted stuffed figures, mostly animals.

Crystal Patterson
Pacifier clips, headbands, teething toys, minkie lovies, key fobs, book marks, travel size tissue holders, probably a couple quilts, crocheted items and a few pouches. Lots of items that would make great stocking stuffers and inexpensive gifts. Instagram: @soshestitches

GreyHouse Designs  |  Tiffany Bleeker
Creative sewing selling infinity scarves, zipper pouches, coin purses, essential oil organizers, diffuser necklaces, holiday throw pillows, baby items, aromatic hand warmers and other fun, unique gifts!