December 20, 2016: Holiday Shopping Featured


Both local and international TV have provided a last-week boost to sales at The Downtown Holiday Market, which runs noon to 8 p.m. through Friday, December 23 on the wide F Street NW sidewalk between 7th & 9th Streets NW in front of an entrance to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and American Museum of Art. 
"Especially helpful were live spots on the WUSA 9 Great Day Washington program last Friday," said Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management which manages the market under contract with The Downtown DC Business Improvement District. "And we also hosted a shoot from a Chinese network later in the day.  Additionally several travel and airline magazines wrote features about the market in advance of our opening, including TravelMag and Qatar Airlines."

Titled "A festive spot in DC to shop for unique gifts," Reporter Meaghan Mooney led off the WUSA 9 program with a three-plus minute segment on one of the colder mornings of the season. The segment featured interviews with Musician Ian Waters, who also provided background keyboard; Berman, Exhibitor Austin Redington, Co-Owner of Vigilante Coffee; and even Water's wife, who was holding their four-month old baby, Violet.
A second segment featured interviews with Donna Ellingsworth of Blue Ridge Cutting Board Company; and Designer Virginia Arrisueno of DeNada Designs. And a final segment highlighted Michael Rhine's Capital Home and Body booth and Dave Burton of Capital Candy Jar who created a giant S'More on the market stage with Waters again providing background,
"The free TV publicity really helped boost our weekend sales," Berman reported. Traditionally the weekend before Christmas are the best retail days of the year and Artist Jimmy Mann, a veteran of all 12 annual Downtown Holiday Market events, even thanked his customers for "the best day of the show season" Sunday.



Berman reminded that DMM's popular Flea Market at Eastern Market will be closed Christmas Day "but will reopen New Year's Day." The market is held 10-5 Sundays year round on 7th St SE, across Pennsylvania Ave. SE from Metro's Eastern Market station on Capitol Hill. Berman also reminded exhibitors that "our winter discount will be offered in all of January and February.




Looking further ahead Berman also announced that applications for the 34th Annual DC Antique Photo and Postcard Shows scheduled for 8:30 am to 4 pm March 12, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington, VA, are now available for download or online registration at the show web site.