Beer and Cigar gardens, food trucks, and community outreach have been added to the previously-announced mix of exhibitors, live painting, and entertainment for the launch of the monthly MarketSW 4 to 9 pm Friday at Waterfront Station, 4th and M Streets, SW.
The additional attractions were announced by Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management (DMM) which is collaborating with Art Whino impresario Shane Pomajambo to present "a festive event every fourth Friday through October,"
Berman said the beer and cigar gardens, featuring taps and "even a cigar roller," were arranged by Tommy Inzer, Chief Operating Officer of Spike'd Events, which has worked with Pomajambo in the past. He said food trucks signed up are Tokyo in the City, adding a Japanese and Korean menu to the Asian-themed market, and South Meets East "whose offerings will expand the international representation at the market."
Participating in community outreach efforts will be the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Zip Car and City Bikes.
Also part of the programming mix, FICADC will perform and teach live Capoeira Angola. Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines acrobatics, fighting, music, history and philosophy. Previously announced entertainment included the ElectroKoustic sound of John Lewis from 4 to 6:30 pm and Ian Walters & Friends from 7 to 9 pm. Announced live painters, who will be decorating storage shipping containers on site, were muralists Mas Paz and Junction XXI.
Among the 30 small businesses exhibiting at the market will be: LittleTibet Boutique, SCARVELOUS, Brooklyn Made Store, BAMI Products, Totally Carter Design,
Pure Palette, Lil' Fishy, Cherry Blossom Creative, Tunisian Touch, Poppi, Crandra, Yikes Twins, JazEaz Designs, and Mandala Jewelry. A complete list of exhibitors and all the activity is here.
"We strive for an internationally-connected and eclectic merchandise mix in all our markets," said Berman, "and these exhibitors should fit into this festive setting well." DMM also manages The Flea Market at Eastern Market and The Downtown Holiday Market "whose 2015 schedule we plan to announce next week."
MarketSW is supported by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Forest City Washington. Berman singled our Gordon Fraley, Vice President Development for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, "for enabling the evolution of MarketSW, and the night market concept".
FLEA MARKET: A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION
Speaking about the recent move of The Flea Market at Eastern Market 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, Berman said, "It's been a successful transition.
"I really want to thank both our exhibitors and customers who have embraced the move," he continued. "Creating a two-block pedestrian promenade on a public street has really been great place making. If you haven't been yet, check us out 10-5 Sunday, which will be our third week with the new design."
For some reason we failed to mention the November grand opening by long time DMM exhibitors Cigdem and Mazar Ertekin of a brick and mortar store named Bloom, at 1719 Connecticut Ave. NW, near Dupont Circle. A recent rave review in the "City Paper" reminded us. Under a headline: "Best Place to Get Cute Jewelry Without Breaking the Bank," reporter Kaarin Vembar wrote, "Bloom is an absolute find for glam girls on a budget...It's a modern day accessory miracle." Find out more at the Bloom Facebook page.