Sep 3, 2005: Flea Market Exhibiors Open New Store


Washington, DC, September 3, 2005-- After five years as permanent vendors, TORO MATA - The Art of Peru, is opening a retail shop at 2410 18th Street NW. The owners, Hector Zarate and Jim Nixon, have long had one of the more recognizable booth displays in the schoolyard, featuring handcrafted home furnishings such as painted glass mirrors, black and white Chulucanas pottery, alpaca fur rugs and various works of art, all of which they import directly from master artisans throughout Hector's native Peru.

Located in the heart of the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood, a greatly expanded and more diverse collection of products is artfully presented on two spacious levels as well as within two large street-front display windows.

"We are able to present larger as well as more intricate pieces than ever before and we have dramatically increased the volume of immediately available selections by color, design and size in all product categories," says Hector.  "And we will be introducing several new lines of furniture over the coming months -- from coffee tables to bar carts to large armoires."

Grand Opening festivities are scheduled for mid-September.  Specific dates and times are available on their website at or by calling the shop on 202-232-3890.

Additionally, Jim and Hector are pleased to announce that they will continue to exhibit on Sundays at Eastern Market in their regular space, but with a modestly smaller display.

Toro Mata is also planning to become a new Featured Exhibitor at

Flea Market at Eastern Market Manager Tom Rall noted that Toro Mata joins several other businesses that have begun stores after incubating at the market. "Toro Mata is a beautiful store in a location that should be great," he said following a recent visit.

Rall also said former exhibitor, Dennis Bourgault has moved Doolittles, the pet store which was located across 7th Street from Eastern Market. The retailer, now called Chateau-Animaux, stays on Capitol Hill at 524 8th St. SE.

Barracks Row Fest

 Barracks Row Fest, organized by Barracks Row Main Street, is being held in the 400-700 block of 8th Street, SE to celebrate its recent renaissance and winning the 2005 Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The street festival, which runs from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st, will showcase 100 artists and vendors, a fully programmed stage, an activities area for children, and Engine 18 Firehouse who is hosting its 100 year anniversary.

For a vendor application, visit or call (202) 544-3188.

Exhibitors in the News

Flea Market photographer Daniele Piaseki will have several of her images of Puerto Rico in an art exhibit titled "Voices". The show is presented by the YWCA National Capitol Area and is on view at the Edison Place Gallery at 701 8th Street NW Washington DC. The exhibit runs from September 6 through October 21.

On August 19th, the Washington Post Express featured Flea Market jeweler Susan Johnson and her business Lilypad Designs in an article called "How to Shop Like a Rock Star".

The Post Home Section on August 4 featured architectural salvage company Olde Good Things in a short story.

And Eastern Market itself won recognition in the August issue of American Way, the American Air publication, as one of six fresh food markets in the country. "An old-school indoor-outdoor market seven blocks east of the U.S. Capitol that.s been in business since 1873, wrote Joseph Guinto. "Sweet corn and white peaches from Maryland and West Virginia at the outside market. Pigs feet and organic poultry inside".