Oct 24, 2017: Flea Market Uncertainty (Again) Vol. 2


A plea made last week to reconsider a 7th-month license extension, effective October 31 for Diverse Markets Management (DMM) to continue to operate The Flea Market at Eastern Market Sundays on a portion of Seventh St, SE, has apparently been rejected by the City's Department of General Services (DGS), DMM President Michael Berman announced today.

The news was received in a Monday afternoon email from Barry Margeson, DGS's Eastern Market Manager, who wrote, "We have not heard any update regarding your intentions to sign the License to Occupy sent to you on October 12, 2017. So that we will have time for the document to get through the routing process, please provide a copy of the signed license by COB, Wednesday, October 25."
As we reported last week, Berman, in the hopes of initiating a negotiation, had questioned the fairness and lack of due process of both very short notice and an appraisal, issued with the notice, that resulted in a 52.5% rent increase for a third amendment extension of the license, which originally began in May 2015.
Berman said, "Obviously the agency is tightening the noose. And DMM hasn't finalized a decision. But I don't think it's either fair or a way to treat a business that has operated on DC public property, essentially since 1984 by not offering any recourse.  We are in a hostage situation". He said it was unclear if a DMM decision on the current license, which runs through October 31, now has to be made tomorrow.
Margeson's email yesterday stated: "If we have not received a signed document by that date, we will begin moving forward with alternative solutions for maintaining a market on the 300 block on Sundays."
"Whether DMM makes a determination by COB tomorrow remains to be seen," Berman said. "But stay tuned," he said, "We'll decide what we're going to do before the 31st and announce it in another newsletter next week. In the meantime, we believe our current license covers our management this Sunday."
Scheduled hours for the popular Capitol Hill flea market, located on the 300 block of 7th Street, SE, across Pennsylvania Ave, from the Eastern Market Metro station on the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines are 10 am to 5 pm. 


Several exhibitors from both Eastern Market and other DMM markets will be participating in Rosslyn Harvest Fest, a weekend community event sponsored by The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID). Twenty-Five arts, crafts and collectibles exhibitors will be setting up for a night market 4-10 pm Friday and 10 am to 5 pm Saturday on the new Rosslyn Central Plaza, 1800 N Lynn St., Arlington, VA. DMM will run the market, part of a 3-location event, for the BID.
"Not only will we have regulars from Eastern Market but also from The Downtown Holiday Market, MarketSW, and Sparket, which we manage; and other regional markets will be represented," Berman said. "Both DMM and our exhibitors are excited to launch an outdoor market at this location." The Friday night festivities will also feature live music and an outdoor beer garden.
Rosslyn Central Plaza is located between two new award-winning high rise buildings that literally sit on top of the Rosslyn Metro station. 


Katrina Ulrich, who for several years operated Red Persimmon Imports, at both DMM's The Flea Market at Eastern Market and The Downtown Holiday Market, has announced the November opening of Marigold Way in her home town. In the announcement she wrote," It has been a good 14 year run doing outdoor markets and I, Katrina, want to thank all of my loving friends, family and customers for being a part of that nomadic journey,"