June 20, 2015: Monthly Market SW Party Returns


Following "a successful launch," the monthly MarketSW returns 4 to 10 pm Friday, June 26 at  Waterfront Station, 4th and M Streets, SW.
"Because of the great reception to our initial event in May, we're adding more exhibitors and attractions this round," promised 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 "an updated beer garden" has been promised by Pomajambo, who is also coordinating live painting of two shipping containers  and free art stations supplied for patrons and their families to join in the creativity. Live painters of the containers will be Mas Paz (Frederico Frum), returning muralist, who will be joined by Criomatic (Juan Pineda).  
Food trucks signed up are Kimchi BBQ Taco, adding a Korean-fusion menu to the Asian-themed market, and  Feelin Crabby which specializes in American seafood offerings.  Participating in community outreach efforts will be the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Zip Car and City Bikes.

As an additional draw live music will be presented on the stage. Acclaimed international acoustic quartet Veronnneau will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. and  The Stacy Brooks Band will rock the house from 8 to 10 p.m.

Among the 30+ small businesses exhibiting at the market will be: LittleTibet Boutique, SCARVELOUS, District Made Store, BAMI Products, Totally Carter Design, Pure Palette, Cherry Blossom Creative, Tunisian Touch, Poppi, Yikes Twins, JazEaz Designs, Mandala Jewelry, Naked Décor and Mann Made Deisgns. See the entire list of exhibitors and activities 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." Many are also exhibitors at DMM-managed markets: The Flea Market at Eastern Market; SPARKET, a lunchtime arts market in Crystal City, VA Wednesdays; and The Downtown Holiday Market."

MarketSW is supported by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Forest City Washington. Berman singled out Gordon Fraley, Vice President Development for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, "for enabling MarketSW".


Berman recently announced Friday, November 27 through Wednesday, December 23 as the dates for the eleventh annual edition of the popular Downtown Holiday Market (DHM), 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 11. Interested exhibitors should click here for more application information.


Tom Bucci, a long-time exhibitor at DMM markets, reminded us today that he'll be participating in the 300-exhibitor 26th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival this weekend near Philadelphia. Bucci, who has won both best in painting and best in show awards there previously, recently updated his web site. Several other artists and crafts persons who exhibit at DMM events can be found in the artists listed for the Manayunk show.