By DAVID BORAKS
Have you been to the Eden Street Market lately? There’s an funky, artsy scene developing at the old warehouse across the railroad tracks from the Davidson post office. And this weekend, the craftspeople and vendors who sell their jewelry, clothing, soaps, fish and other items will try to stir it up with the first of a planned series of monthly art crawls they’re calling “Second Saturdays.”
The event runs this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 5-7 pm, with artists’ demonstrations, a wine tasting, live local music.
“Each month we’ll have a different theme, and spotlight a different booth,” explained Kati Simon, who makes and sells Hula hoops and sells other artists’ work from a stall inside the old cotton mill.
“It’s an alternative, indie-style artisan market,” she said. “We’re all, I guess you could call us misfits.”
The Eden Street Market opened last spring, and has been evolving ever since. It has struggled to maintain regular hours and has seen turnover in its vendors. But the founders, including David Meeks of Flying Fish Seafood, are joining with new vendors and planning regular events in 2014 to try and build traffic.
The warehouse now has artists’ studios, ceramic artists, crafters, vintage clothing and accessories, soaps, photography, jewelry, and more. Meeks sells seafood that he picks up from the Carolina coast and there’s a also from Snicker Pig Bar-B-Que. The current list of vendors includes:
- Flying Fish Seafood
- Feeling Groovy Natural Body Care
- Mills Family Farm Meats
- Cold Water Creek Farms
- Vintage Clothes & Accessories – House of Green Couture
- One One Studio – Bottle Art
- Patchwork Studios – Art, Private & Group Hula Hoop fitness – Yoga – Ashtanga & Hatha styles
- Ceder River Jewelry – wire & gemstone
- Snickerpig Bar-B-Que – Chef Bailey – awards winning BBQ, on site catering
- Poornamidiam Jewelry – One of a kind hand crafted – Don Byer, Metal Smith
- Freedom Absolute Yoga – Don Byer
- Susan Andre – Artist – MultiMedia
- The Sculpted Stone – Innovative & decorative masonry application
- Flavia Lovatelli – Artist – Multimedia
- Ceramics & Garden art – Every piece unique -
- Ken & Sally Nardone & Friends
By the way, around the corner on the Depot Street side of the old Metrolina Warehouse, The Rumor Mill Market is continuing to grow, with expanded space for its furniture and collectibles vendors, and a new coffee bar. Stay tuned for an update about what Scot Slusarick and Janie Blackstock are doing.
EDEN STREET MARKET
The Eden Street Market is open Thursdays from 3-6pm, Fridays 11am-6pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm. The Second Saturdays crawls are planned the 2nd Saturday of each month from 5-7:00pm. Each gallery crawl will have an entertaining theme and include performances, special demonstrations, food & wine tasting, and activities for everyone.