PTO Spotlight Shines on The Holiday Boutique with Nicole Mata



In honor of the PTO Holiday Boutique (December 9), the PTO Spotlight shines on Nicole Mata, Chairperson of the Holiday Boutique Committee.

  • The Holiday Boutique is December 9. What are the odds I can get a bunch of my shopping done at the Boutique? In a variety of price points?

The KES Holiday Boutique is a great community event that brings together local crafters and vendors. There is something for everyone at a wide range of prices. Vendors typically sell items with a max of $175, with the bulk of the items in the $25-$75 range. There are also fun vendors selling items that allow kids to shop on their own, having prices low enough that kids can feel the independence of shopping. One highlight of the day is also the KES Kids Shoppe, this is a beloved portion of the Boutique where KES Kids have the chance of having a table where they make and sell all on their own special items. Kids LOVE the opportunity of getting involved and seeing the reward of selling their handmade items and seeing the buyer’s excitement in learning about their items.

  • What’s the most difficult aspect of organizing an event of this size?

This event is a fun one to organize as you have the chance of scouting out and procuring new and amazing vendors each year. It can be daunting to keep track of all the vendors, activities, space layout, marketing, flyers, etc. But it is all worth it when the day comes and I see how happy all the vendors and patrons are.

  • How many volunteers does it take to run the Holiday Boutique?

Ideally, we need volunteers to run the raffle table, which last year we used 2 per hour. We also offered popcorn last year for $1 and water for sale for $1 volunteers was used for that as well.

  • Is there a vendor you’re really excited to see?

WOW, hard question! There are so many amazing vendors and artisans. I cannot really choose a particular one. A few that stick out for me are Custom Fairy Houses, Mini Lego figurines, Handmade stuffed animals, and, of course, our very own Mrs. Eckler and her husband’s deliciously famous sweet treats!

  • What would you like the KES parents and/or the public to know about the Holiday Boutique?

I think the most important thing to impart to the community is to come out and support all the local artisans, in this fantastic event that supports our wonderful KES school!

-Anne Foray