May 14, 2015: Market Move Arrives


The Flea Market at Eastern Market debuts an extensive redesign 10am to 5 pm Sunday as it moves from its long-time Capitol Hill location adjacent to Hine Junior High School at 7th and C Streets SE out onto 7th Street SE and adjoining public space between Pennsylvania Ave. and C Street SE.

The move is necessitated by the beginning of demolition of the school and redevelopment of the property "and we've been planning it for several months," said Michael Berman, President of  Diverse Markets Management (DMM), the flea operator. "We believe the redesign, though the usable space for exhibitors is much smaller, will both accommodate most of our long-term vendors and also actually make a more inviting market district.

"The street closing for weekend vending will create a pedestrian gateway to both the Market Row businesses and Eastern Market itself," Berman continued. "We'll now be a directly-visible outdoor festival from the major Pennsylvania Avenue thoroughfare and the Eastern Market Metro stop directly across the avenue. Though Eastern Market is already a major weekend destination, we'll also be much more attractive to people passing by."

The Sunday Flea Market at Eastern Market is now in its 32nd year, having been named by Tom Rall when he became manager in 1984. It expanded into Hine School areas in 1992. "Little did I know outdoor markets would become my life's work," reminisced Rall, now DMM Director of Communications and still an exhibitor at the market. "I'm particularly proud that both the neighborhood and city government recognized the positive impacts of the market in facilitating Sunday's relocation.

Berman cited Barry Margeson, Eastern Market Manager for the DC Department of General Services; and Matt Harris, from developer Stanton-EastBanc, "for exceptional help in making the move."


Two artists have been chosen to begin "live painting" of two shipping containers which will be used as storage, at the Friday May 29 launch of MarketSW, a monthly 4 to 9 pm Friday evening arts market at Waterfront Station in SW DC which was announced by DMM last month.

The live painting is being arranged by Art Whino impresario Shane Pomajambo with whom DMM has formed a collaboration in planning presentation of "a festive event every fourth Friday through October," Berman said.

Pomajambo said Maz Paz and Junction XXI are confirmed for the live painting on the 29th. Both are experienced muralists who have worked live paintings previously. See Maz Paz and see Junction XXI doing their things!

Berman also announced that favorite market performers John Lewis' Electrokoustic Duo and Ian Walters & Friends would be performing on the MarketSW stage opening night. And Berman promised "more exciting program announcements are coming!"

Situated on the "square" 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. This brand-new market is a production of DMM supported by Waterfront Station.

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


Also underway, SPARKET, a lunchtime arts market in Crystal City, VA, which returned for its second year on April 29, and continues every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm through Nov 18, 2015, "is off to a good start in the new season," Berman said.

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, Berman said SPARKET is now being managed by William (Rudy) Coates, long time flea market assistant manager, and by Bethany Belcher, who also assisted DMM at The Downtown Holiday Market in 2014.  Belcher is an Arlington resident, a graduate of Yorktown High School and University of North Carolina Wilmington; and is also familiar with Asian night markets having lived recently in both Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Market Manager Jessica Blaszczak, having relocated to South Carolina with her family, continues coordinating reservations, exhibitor information and it's online presence.   

Further information and exhibitor applications for SPARKET are available here.