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Sweet breads from La Concha in rochester

Anna Otto, of Ruffle Couture, and Kristy Rooney, of Zarooka Crafting Co., are throwing an indie craft market this weekend. And "throwing" is the right word, because A Handmade Christmas Indie Craft Market will be like a party packed with cool items and the cool people who make them.

About 30 vendors from across the region and the Twin Cities have been selected to participate in the event, including Bound to be Creative , fashionable and functional hats for kids and adults, doodle totes and more from St. Charles.

All the way from Grand Forks, N.D., also will be retro-inspired items, including magnets and ties by Beckamade and Amy Jo's Handmade sleepy fleece stuffed animals and hats.

The sale will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Corcoran Center, 2000 Oakland Ave. W., Austin, near St. Edward's Church.

Shoppers can purchase a booklet of tickets for a wine and chocolate pairing, chair massages and exclusive vendor coupons good Friday only for $5 online at . On Saturday, the St. Edward's parish will serve hot sandwiches and soup and sell Christmas cookies by the dozen.



For a taste of Mexico that you can dip in a cup of hot chocolate, there's nothing better than a concha, a traditional sweet bread, now made fresh in Rochester.

La Concha Bakery and Pasteleria, 815 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester, opened in the end of November in the former Tejano Mexican grocery store space.

The bread is made fresh daily on site using quality ingredients and traditional Mexican recipes. You'll find a large variety of baked goods, including the bakery's namesake treats, conchas, which are round sweet breads that resemble seashells. There are also empanadas filled with pumpkin, cream or dulce de leche; orejas, which are flaky, heart-shaped breads; donuts; mini-cheesecake pies; tres leches cakes and flan. The breads sell for $1 each; the mini-cheesecakes cost $2, a piece of cake costs $4 and a full cake costs $32.

Later this month, you'll also find Rosca de Reyes, or Three King's Bread, to celebrate Three Kings Day on Jan. 6.

Silly phones

Meet Crash, Ceejer and Quinn, three of the many new FoneFace , one-size-fits-all, stretchy cellphone cases with personality available at Tangerine Gifts , 110 First Ave. S.W., Rochester. The cases were created by a kid, for kids. Cost: $9.99 to $18.99, depending on size and with or without LED lights.

Christina Killion Valdez is a freelance reporter in Rochester. Share your fabulous finds with her at the What's in Store page on Facebook.


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