Expats can find not one but two holiday markets in east San José this week.
The Banco Nacional sponsors the Feria Nacional Empresarial IMAS 2013, which opens today for a three-day run in the Antigua Aduana, the restored customs warehouse on Calle 23 north of Avenida Central.
An estimated 150 small business operators will be showing their wares to visitors. The event is linked to the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, the government’s antipoverty agency.
Just east of the Antigua Aduana on the same property will be the Mercado Tropical that begins Thursday and ends Sunday. The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud is sponsoring this fair.
The location is that glass-walled two-story structure called the Casa del Cuño.
The ministry said that the Mercado Tropical will have original products that break with the commercial tradition of the holidays.
An estimated 58 artists and crafts persons will participate, said the ministry. Products include independent editorial books, jewelry, graphic design, natural cosmetic products, culinary arts, graphic design and art works. There also will be workshops.
Those participating were selected from more than 100 who applied, said the ministry.