PHOTOS: 'Holiday Market' brings art, gifts to the neighborhood

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Children sang Christmas carols and vendors' booths lined the way at a garden center just outside of suburban neighborhoods in west Centennial.

It was all part of the first Holiday Art Market at Big Tool Box and Highlands Garden Center at 8080 S. Holly St.

Artist Tania Rustage, who lives in the Lone Tree-Highlands Ranch area, created the event with a fellow artist. It took place the first three days of November, and Rustage said she was impressed with the turnout.

“Everyone's been happy,” Rustage said on the market's first day. “A lot of people have said they needed something like this on this side of town.”

Amid the fabrics, ornaments and other works on display, Dawn Swanbom's stood out: scented lotion she makes from goat milk.

“Once they sample the product, they're pretty amazed,” Swanbom, 58, said about customers' reactions. The Greeley-area resident has farmed goat milk for about seven years, she said.

“I always joke that my philosophy is to get people hooked on it,” Swanbom said.

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