It's spring and an annual ritual has become the announcement of outdoor market openings by Diverse Markets Management (DMM), the region's foremost market management company. Two returnees to the schedule feature significant changes.
SPARKET COMING TO CRYSTAL CITY
First off is the return of SPARKET - A Creative Market, a weekly arts market in Crystal City, Virginia, as a seasonal event; Spring SPARKET and Fall SPARKET. Now in its fourth season SPARKET, will now operate on Thursdays in conjunction with a featured food truck event. The Spring SPARKET will launch May 4 and run through June 29. And Fall SPARKET will run from September 7 through November 16. Hours are from 11am to 2pm.
Situated on the wide shaded sidewalk on the 1800 block of Crystal Drive, the market is adjacent to the Crystal Shops mall, several popular restaurants and retail establishments. Crystal City Metro is 2 blocks away and there is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and hotels.
The market is a collaborative effort with the Crystal City BID. Crystal City, Arlington's largest downtown, boasts excellent demographics.
A diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty and other local and handcrafted products are desired. As an additional draw, live-music will be part of the programming mix.
For exhibitors convenient and free adjacent loading and parking for the market as well as an affordable $30 space fee are among the markets' considerable amenities. The market will be managed onsite by "Rudy" Coates and vendor relations and booking by Jessica Blaszczak, who is best known in Arlington as the long-time Market Manager of the Ballston Art Market.
For more information, see the DMM web page here.
DC'S FIRST NIGHT MARKET TO RESUME IN SOUTHWEST!
"We are pleased to announce the return and expansion of MarketSW, from a monthly night arts market to a bi-monthly event on "The Lot" at Waterfront Station in SW DC for its third season," DMM President Michael Berman said. It will now be held from 4-10pm each second and fourth Friday of the month beginning on May 12, continuing each second and fourth Friday of the month through October 27, 2017.
Situated on the Lot at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW will be located among Waterfront Station Metro, Safeway, the popular restaurants Station 4 and ZBurger, and Arena Stage. There is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and the thriving Southwest neighborhood. The market is a production of DMM supported by Waterfront Station and the Southwest Business Improvement District.
The market attracts hundreds of weekly shoppers from the surrounding community as 19,000 people live in the immediate Waterfront Station area with an average household income of $112,000. The neighborhood is home to a wide selection of recreational, cultural, and park destinations, including the main campus of the Smithsonian Institution along the National Mall, the municipal fish market, Blind Whino and Arena Stage. Additional attractions coming include the Museum of the Bible, International Spy Museum, Wharf Hall, and a new library. Most residents in SW are highly educated long-term condo and co-op owners with senior positions in government and District agencies. It's a nice neighborhood event that attracts families, young professionals and home-owning seniors in the area.
The market will feature a diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty, vintage and antique furniture, furnishings, as well as specialty food items other local products. On stage, local sound system, record label and dj Grand Ancestor will curate and present a mix of live music and special guest vinyl-spinning djs. Additionally, a beer garden with a bar serving a variety of drinks, a cigar lounge, and select food truck will be part of the programming mix.
Convenient loading and free adjacent parking for the market and an affordable $50 space fee are among the market's considerable amenities. For more information or to register for this event, click here.
OTHER SOUTHWEST MARKET NEWS
Do you grow, produce, source, or sell high quality local healthy foods or beverages?
The Southwest Community Farmers Market is now accepting applications from quality food and farm businesses for the weekly Saturday market in SW DC.
Dreaming Out Loud, Inc, in partnership with Diverse Markets Management, is pleased to announce The Southwest Community Farmers Market at The Lot SW, 4th & M Street SW. Opening May 13 and running every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM through October 28, the market offers baked goods, coffee/tea, jams/jellies, prepared foods, pasture-raised meats & eggs, and locally grown fresh produce. Now entering its third market season, the market also features entertainment including live music, cooking demos, dance workshops, lawn games and more. The market also goes above and beyond to offer support to low-income shoppers through various voucher programs and a match for spending of federal nutrition assistance monies.
FLEA MARKET EXHIBITOR NEWS
Long time Flea Market at Eastern Market (another DMM market well into its 34th season Sundays on Capitol Hill) Exhibitor Doug Cochrane, aka The Old Book Guy, recently sent us this picture of him with Congressman John Lewis taken at the market. They are holding the collectible "Selma Issue" of Life magazine.
Cochrane commented, "Lewis is in the lead group of marchers on the cover. Sarah Hager, one of his staff members took our picture. I was working with Sarah on a small contract to provide 10 issues of this Selma Life mag issue. The issue I'm presenting was an 11th issue I've wanted to give him.
"Congressman Lewis signs and frames these, giving them to people he feels are worthy," Cochrane continued. "He told me one of these hung in Obama's White House."