The Historic Westend Market
Posted on 18 Sep 2009 by Candice Langston
The Historic Westend Market kicked off two weekends ago at the corner of West Trade Street and Bruns Avenue. The “urban” market is open from 9am to 2pm every Saturday from now until November 28th and features local and regional artists and farmers as well as jewelry, clothing, food, homemade goods and livestock (yes, read on).
The market was started by neighborhood leaders to help revitalize the historic area just outside Uptown and promote local “homegrown” businesses. Vendors must apply to participate and if approved can set up a tent at no charge to sell their goods. There’s room for 74 vendors and more are being added every week.
The mix of vendors is as diverse as the crowd on opening day. Some highlights from today were artist Rose Hawley and her glass creations. Rose is an artist in residence at Art in the Dairy (http://www.artinthedairy.com), a working studio and classroom with guest instructors who specialize in glass, metal and clay. Rose came with her unique pieces made from marbles she (and assistant Alex) saw and melt together to form plates, trays and plaques.
There was also a lady who raises and sells fancy chickens as pets. The one I met had full of fluffy white down and a suit of slick gray feathers and was clearly not a fan of the heat.
Another must-not-miss is the mobile, air-conditioned book store called Bookin’ It!. Started by a local attorney, it’s chock full of new books for kids and adults.
Go, shop, bring your appetite and plenty of cash. Most of the vendors don’t take checks and the question repeated often today was “where’s the closest ATM?”