November 15, 2018: Holiday Market Season Is Here  

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET OPENS BLACK FRIDAY  

Diverse Markets Management (DMM), in partnership with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District announce the opening of the much beloved Downtown Holiday Market on "Black Friday," November 23 along F Street, NW on sidewalks in front of the Smithsonian National Art and Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW.  The market runs noon to 8:00 p.m. daily through December 23, 2018.  

Now in its 14th holiday season, the market boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. Throughout the event, a rotating gallery of 150+ artisans, craftspeople, and holiday-inspired boutique businesses showcase their products to the public. Consistently ranked among the nation's best holiday celebrations, Travel Mag and USA Today have both acknowledged the Downtown Holiday Market as a premiere shopping destination!
    
See hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by exhibitors each day. Hear everything from holiday classics to funky big bands with daily music performances on the live music stage at the steps to the Museum entrance. Savor German Christmas snacks, holiday sweets, hot beverages, mini donuts and churros from food vendors. 

Located across from the Capital One Arena and convenient to Gallery Place Metro and nearby parking, the market is a special destination to fulfill all your holiday shopping needs in a delightful setting.   
 
"The Downtown Holiday Market is an important small business activity for more than 150 local artisans and merchants, who contribute to a changing-daily retail scene." said DMM President Michael Berman. "Its also become a top attraction for the District during the holiday season and an economic generator for downtown in particular."

Among the new features this year include a booth dedicated to the District government's Made In DC program, which will feature a rotating selection from its members.  Another special booth will be the Downtown DC Museums, which will rotate many of the cultural institutions featured in the Downtown DC area. 

"Longtime Downtown Holiday Market customers will also be heartened to know many favorite businesses return," Berman said, including artist Joseph Snyder, designer Jonathan Wye, printmaker Katherine Watson, De*Nada Design, The Buffalo Wool Co, Toro Mata, The Blue Ridge Cutting Board Co, Leah Sturgis Jewelry and Sola Ope's Scarvelous. And Foodies will savor Alexa's Empanadas and Vigilante Coffee throughout the entire run of the show.

Both the full exhibitor list for specific dates and booth locations and the performance schedule is available at DowntownHolidayMarket.com.  Daily updates, live feeds, and promotions for DHM can be followed at the Downtown Holiday Market social pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Its a fun way to shop, support small, local businesses and handmade unique products, while experiencing the vibrancy and holiday cheer of a festive atmosphere in the heart of Downtown DC.

FLEA MARKET SPIRIT AND IT'S 35TH YEAR WRAP UP

The 35th year of the well-loved Flea Market at Eastern Market is coming to a close. With the holidays here, things are becoming festive on Sundays on Capitol Hill.

As a proud participating member of the Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) program, from November 24th to December 31st, DMM will be supporting THE HOLLY DAYS, a celebration of the businesses at the heart of Capitol Hill.  
 
"Through THE HOLLY DAYS, EMMS is encouraging neighbors and the larger DC community to purposefully shift their purchases of gifts, décor, food, and other holiday items to small and locally-owned businesses," said Executive Director, Madeleine Odendahl. "We hope that by highlighting the variety and unique aspects of our own corridor, we will increase awareness of the importance of investing in your local economy and provide tangible support to our amazing businesses that extends beyond the holiday season."
 
A list of events and activities, as well as a full list of participating businesses, can be found at www.thehollydays.com
 
As the initiative kicks off the festive spirit among businesses and organizations in the 7th St SE and Pennsylvania Ave Corridor of Capitol Hill, The Flea Market will be chock full of amazing small, local businesses with unique items and handmade goods. With the expansion of the new C-St plaza, the flea market is welcoming more and more fantastic art and fashion exhibitors each week. Great gift ideas and funky flea market finds make Sunday's on Capitol Hill a great place to celebrate the season.
 
In addition, we are always looking for more exhibitors with creative gifts, handmade items, artisans, and entrepreneurs to test their ideas at the Flea Market of Eastern Market. One of the DC's most coveted small business incubators, the Flea Market has been the fertile soil for many of the city's successful small businesses.
 
Keep tabs on our various social media outlets for  information on the Flea Market of Eastern Market's 35th year on Capitol Hill. at www.easternmarket.net, Facebook (Flea Market at Eastern Market), Twitter, or Instagram