June 17, 2016: Market Mannia with DMM 


With the Spring, Summer and Fall outdoor market season in full blast in three area locations, the thoughts of Diverse Markets Management (DMM) President Michael Berman have leaped forward to kicking off the winter season.  And to keep it all rolling, Diverse Markets has unveiled a newly improved secure website to handle the applications.
Berman recently announced that The Downtown Holiday Market is accepting applications!  Celebrating its twelfth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.  This year The Downtown Holiday Market (DHM) will operate for 29 consecutive days. Opening on Friday, November 25, it will run continuously through Friday, December 23.  Hours will be from Noon to 8 p.m. each day. on the wide sidewalk of F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian Museum for American Art and Portraiture.
In making the announcement, he wrote "DHM has experienced tremendous growth in stature, sales numbers and customer attendance. This success can be attributed to the hard work of the event producers, the variety of on-site features and the caliber of participating artists and businesses.  Additionally, DHM is well promoted by media partners and a considerable PR campaign.

"The event continues to be a juried, high-quality crafts and gift market featuring a diverse display from exhibitors of many types of merchandise, as well as prepared food and beverage vendors.  The Market will accommodate 55 exhibitors each day. As it has done previously, the market will continue to rotate exhibitors through the event in segmented schedules, allowing for a rich variety of products and businesses to participate."

He said application deadline is midnight Saturday, July 9. Interested exhibitors can get more information here.


"Why worry about the holidays though," said Berman, "this is a particularly good week for outdoor shopping!" The week kicks off 10 am to 5pm Sunday with The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, followed Wednesday lunchtime for the next to last outing of the Spring at Sparket in Crystal City, Arlington, VA; and capped by the first summer edition, second of the year, of the evening MarketSW 5 to 10 pm Friday, June 24 at Waterfront Station, on "The Lot" at 4th & M Streets SW.

"The monthly MarketSW is shaping up particularly well," he said. "Expect both aroma and music to waft through the lot."

Additional aroma will be provided by the BBQ of The Tender Rib, which will join returning food trucks Nom Nom Gourmet, a Southeast Asian specialist, and DC Crab Cake n Co. The trucks will be joined by desert specialist The Capital Candy Jar, which will create giant S'mores on site.
 "An enhanced outdoor bar will again be presented by Sugar Rim Bar," promised Berman, who said master cigar roller Arian Castenada will also return.

This month's music featuresAnalog Soul Club DC, area gurus spinning an eclectic taste of global vinyl, and DJ Jason Berto, Computa Age honcho and boss for local record label and sound system, Grand Ancestor.

Among the 30 small businesses exhibiting at the market will be several popular returnees among an eclectic mix of crafts persons, artists, furniture designers, jewelers and importers from all over the world. See the entire array of activities and exhibitors 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."

MarketSW is supported by Vornado/Charles E. Smith, Forest City Washington and the Bernstein Companies, in collaboration with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to present "a festive event every fourth Friday through October."   


Due to Safe Track rail repairs, Metro Service to the Eastern Market station will end there for all east-bound trains beginning Saturday June 18 through the next three Sundays of the Flea Market at Eastern Market, which is located just across Pennsylvania Avenue SE from the station. Free shuttle bus service will replace trains from Eastern Market to Minnesota Ave/Benning Rd and will operate every 5-10 minutes, according to Metro.

"Metro riders might as well plan to stop and shop the market before they board or after they get off the shuttle buses," Berman said. "Though an inconvenience for riders whose destination isn't Eastern Market, hopefully the transition will be good for our exhibitors and a nice excursion during a commute."

Information on Safe Track and commuting connections can be found at GoDCGo.