Jun 8, 2005: EasternMarket.net Tops 2 Million Hits a Year


Washington, D.C., June 7, 2005--Propelled by a record day last month, EasternMarket.net recorded more than 2 million hits in a twelve-month period for the first time.

"2,127,353 was the actual number reported to us by Net Nation, our internet service provider (ISP)," exclaimed Tom Rall, EasternMarket.net owner and manager of The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Sundays.

The record day was a spike to 22,920 hits on Friday, May 6. "Our daily average for the year was about 5,700 hits," said Bill Severe of ask1expert, the site webmaster. "That led a three-day weekend which drew nearly 46,000 hits."

"For the big day we have to thank Washington Post Weekend," which published a May 6 cover story on area flea markets, illustrated by photos from The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Rall said.

"The ISP access analysis also showed that records were set for the month and year, with 2,591,458 and 18,871,739 respective kilobytes of information transferred to remote computers," Rall continued. "The numbers amaze me."

"We also have set a record with 1470 subscriptions to this newsletter our listserv reported on June 1," Rall claimed. "As expected, about 92% of these were from the District, Virginia and Maryland, which reflects our metropolitan area emphasis."

"Clearly, EasternMarket.net is the gateway portal for local customers in search of information about Eastern Market," Rall claimed. "But we also have 5 subscribers from California and 6 identified as outside the U.S. and Canada."

Free Publicity Expected:
We always love free publicity for The Flea Market at Eastern Market; sometimes it comes from unexpected sources. Such was the case twice last week.

First the giant advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi asked permission to use our name in promoting the flea market as a great free place to go in DC on Sundays for an advertising brochure for Toyota in the 2006 model year. It "will be distributed at Toyota dealer showrooms and at trade shows," wrote Rosemarie Jacques from the Saatchi New York office, "a distribution of 500,000 copies."

Then Karen Ivey, a writer from Southern Living Magazine, which periodically covers the Eastern Market scene, called to confirm the flea market hours (10 to 5 is advertised) for a sidebar to a regional flea market story that will appear "probably in September."

A "Dine Around" Saturday:
Barracks Row, our neighbors on Eighth Street SE, also adjacent to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza on the Orange and Blue Lines, is sponsoring its first "Dine Around" 4:30-6:30 Saturday, June 11. Twelve restaurants will feature appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks for the crowd.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 Saturday. Reserve by calling 202-544-3188 or emailing bmcleod@barracksrow.org More information about the Barracks Row Main Street organization can be found at its website: www.barracksrow.org

Eastern Market Exhibitor News:
In connection with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, fine art exhibitor Danielle Piaseki has had her photograph "Robeo & Baby Blue Juliet" selected among hundreds of entries for its multi media Images 2005 exhibition, which will be held at the Robeson Gallery on the University Park campus of the Penn State University from June 14th to July 17th.

EasternMarket.net Calendar:
Another piece from Danielle’s series will be part of the show "In Focus, Photography Techniques and Trends" at the Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria.

Her "Robeo & Baby Blue Juliet, Celebrating" is one of 25 photographs selected among more than 450 submissions from across the U.S. and Canada, by juror Sarah Kennel, Curator of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The exhibition will open on June 9th and will run through June 17, 2005. A reception will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and is open to the public free of charge.