Eastern Market Arts-Crafts-Flea & Prepared Food Vendors Return This Weekend
by Larry Janezich
June 25, 2020
The Eastern Market arts and crafts vendors will return to the 200 and 300 blocks of 7th Street this Saturday, and Mike Berman of Diverse Markets, will bring the flea market back to the 300 block of 7th Street on Sunday. The 200 and 300 blocks of 7th Street, SE, will be closed to traffic to allow for vending, and will have space for a more than 50 non-food sellers and prepared food sellers. The hours of operation will be from 9:00am – 3:00pm, and that will include farmers on the Farmers Line who have been grumbling about having to close down at 1:00pm. The hours of operation for the indoor merchants will remain at 9:00am to 5:00pm.
All Phase One health guidance and regulations under the Mayoral Order continue to apply, including the requirement for patrons and vendors to mask up and to follow social distancing guidelines.
The reopening does not yet include the operation of the Saturday and Sunday flea markets on C Street, which is a private street owned by the Hine developer. The city has not issued any guidance for the reopening of private flea markets, and the reopening of 7th Street to vending is made possible by a clause in the Mayor’s order that allows non-food vendors to “piggyback” on existing farmer’s markets.
Berman says he will put at least 20 vendors on the 300 block of 7th Street on Sunday and says he hopes to find a way to open up C Street for his Sunday flea market. A different operator, Carole Wright, operates the Saturday flea market on C Street.