Dec 1, 2009: Downtown Holiday Market is Coming

Dozens of Eastern Market exhibitors, who kicked off the holiday retail season outside Eastern Market this past weekend, will pick up the pace with the opening of the fifth annual Downtown Holiday Market Friday, December 4 along F Street, NW on sidewalks in front of the National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW.
The downtown market, which runs noon to 8:00 p.m. daily through December 23, 2009, has been produced since its 2005 debut by the Downtown DC Business Improvement District in partnership with Diverse Markets Management, a company formed by members of The Flea Market at Eastern Market management team.
"The Downtown Holiday Market has become a key supplementary income stream for many Eastern Market exhibitors," said DMM President Michael Berman. "They really formed the nucleus of the downtown market, which has expanded into an important, juried show for many more local artisans and merchants.
"Customers can expect to find eco-friendly goods, artisanal crafts, funky art, holiday accents, tasty treats and much more," continued Berman, "And lively daily entertainment will keep shoppers entertained." Both the full exhibitor list for specific dates and booth locations and the performance schedule is available online.
Among The Flea Market at Eastern Market exhibitors who are scheduled downtown are: Tom Rall, Gruner Pottery, Fuzzy Ink, Jonathon Wye, Box Boy Demented Decoupage, Dorjebajra Tibet Shop, Patsy's Cards, Oh Ribbon!, Migue's Magnificent Mini Donuts, Moya Gallery, Cho-Pi-Cha, Scarvelous, Jennifer,s Handcrafts, Red Persimmon Imports, Chopsticks, Unique Jewelry, Lilypad Designs, John DeFabbio Photography, Artisan Frame & Photo Works, Jean-Louis Monfraix Photography, Bigg Poppa Kettlecorn and several more. 

John Paul and Lara Jacoby, two relative newbies on the scene, were featured in an article about the flea market recently in American Observer, American University's Graduate Journalism Magazine.
Describing The Flea Market at Eastern Market as having "vibrancy, eclectic products and international flavor," Reporter Claritza Jiminez went inside the booths of Paul and Jacoby to get the story.
"For the past year and a half, Paul has traveled every weekend from Raleigh, NC, to sell his own T-shirt line called Fuzzy Ink," wrote Jiminez, who quotes Paul: "I've decided that D.C. is the place to come sell my clothing; its more my demographic."
Jacobi, who sells skirts made from saris by a family she met in India near Mumbai, has been at the flea market for only six months, but "It's very vibrant. D.C. attracts people from everywhere. It's a really great energy," quoted Jiminez, who also visited the booth of Habiba Bahri, who "has been selling her family's handmade pottery and tile at Eastern Market for 12 years.
"Bahri's pottery is a family tradition. The factory is based out of her home country of Tunisia in North Africa. Her family has been making the pottery for five generations," Jiminez reported. Find the full story, with pictures, here.
Besides the Jiminez story, Sonda Allen has continued her blog with many postings on the history and vibrancy of the outdoor markets surrounding Eastern Market. We recommend her Turtles Webb Raising Hell at Eastern Market.