Apr 11, 2015: Flea Market Contraction, Area Expansions


As The Flea Market at Eastern Market plans for a projected May 17 reduction in the size of its popular Sunday Capitol Hill market due to construction at the location, its operator, Diverse Markets Management (DMM), continues to seek and announce alternative venues for both customers and exhibitors from throughout the region. 


First up is SPARKET, a lunchtime arts market in Crystal City, VA, which returns for its second year, every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm, launching April 29 and running through Nov 18, 2015.
Situated on the wide shaded sidewalk on the 1800 block of Crystal Drive, SPARKET is located among 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.
A collaborative effort with The Crystal City BID, the market again expects a diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty and other local and handcrafted products.  As an additional draw, live-music and select food products will be part of the programming mix. 
SPARKET will again be overseen by Jessica Blaszczak, an experienced arts market manager, from Arlington, VA. The Towson University graduate previously served as Markets Manager of the Ballston Arts Market in Arlington and was assistant manager of Fenton Street Market in Silver Spring, MD. A handcrafter who has also exhibited in more than 100 area art markets, Blaszczak has been an active member of DC Craft Mafia, a chapter of the worldwide Craft Mafia group of independent crafters.
Further information and exhibitor applications for SPARKET are available here.


DMM President Michael Berman announced today that agreement has been reached to launch MarketSW, a monthly 4 to 9 pm Friday evening arts market at Waterfront Station in SW DC, on May 29, continuing every fourth Friday through October 23, 2015.
Situated on the "square" at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW will be located among Waterfront Station Metro, Safeway, 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.
This brand-new market is a production of DMM supported by Waterfront Station. Berman singled our Gordon Fraley, Vice President Development for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, "for enabling MarketSW, which we hope will evolve into a night market with an Asian influence.
"We've thought the night market concept would prove a hit with our cosmopolitan clientele and last year commissioned a study of the highly successful Taiwanese and Southeast Asian night markets," Berman continued. The study was conducted by Brady Rall, who worked local markets for many years with his father Tom Rall, DMM Director of Communications, and in 2013-14 worked in Taiwan and traveled extensively in SE Asia. Brady is a 2012 graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University honors college.
"Brady is helping DMM plan MarketSW," Berman said, "and he'd like us to work in everything from Asian accent lighting to steamed dumplings."
A diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty, vintage and antique furniture, furnishings, accessories and collectibles, as well as other local and handcrafted products are expected. Live-music and select food trucks will be part of the programming mix, Berman promised.

Further information and exhibitor applications is available at the DMM web site.


Berman also said the redesign of the flea market from the large playground at Hine Junior High School, 7th & C Streets. SE to "an initially more cramped space" on a closed to traffic 7th Street between C St. and Pennsylvania Av SE "is just about complete.

"It looks as though we're going to have room for all of the permanent exhibitors whom our customers see regularly, though some may be in slightly smaller spaces," he promised. "The transition, expected to take place Sunday, May 17, will actually put the flea market closer to Metro's Eastern Market station on the orange and blue lines."