Catching Up With the Summer Street Market

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Posted July 2, 2014 by Lindsey Daniels in Theater & Arts
Urban Kitchen Summer Street Market

Last year, the Summer Street Market was a godsend — not only for the particular products it had, but for covering up the eyesore in the middle of DTX. With the old Filene’s Basement pit gone (thank you Millennium Tower Boston), the market had to move elsewhere. This year, you’ll find the Summer Street Market on a small plaza at 125 Summer St., right beside Santander Bank.

The Summer Street Market’s new location

The keyword here is small. No more than 8-9 vendors can actually fit in the new location. When I attended the market recently, only 6 were there. Perhaps the humid conditions that day kept a couple of other folks at home.

While Jim of Urban Kitchen praised the new location as being “a nice space, clean,” he did note that the change affected business. More of their fans were starting to find the new market, he said. Indeed, over the two hours I spent there, there appeared to be a steady stream of foot traffic passing through on the way to South Station.

The vendor scene

If you visited the DTX Holiday Market, you’ve probably encountered some of the same vendors around town. When I went, the vendors included:

Summer Street Markets

The Summer Street Market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Photo Credit: Lindsey Daniels

Ania Davis: Jewelry designer Ania Davis creates unusual and elegant pendants, necklaces, and earrings out of amber. Her designs sell at the Museum of Fine Arts and in galleries around town. Davis visits Russia each year to hand select the amber she will fashion into one of a kind designs.

Corn & Co: If it’s good enough for Fenway, you’ve got to check it out. Corn & Co. specializes in non-GMO, all-natural popcorn. The Fenway popcorn provider had about 10 flavors at the market and were happy to let me sample as many as I wanted. Flavors include barbecue, caramel apple, habanero, maple bacon, pizza, s’mores, wasabi and watermelon.

Ella Grace Jewelry Design: Ella Grace creates elegant sterling silver and gemstone necklaces, pendants and earrings. She has a busy market schedule, so doesn’t attend this event every week.

Urban Kitchen: Small batch soap, lotion, and candles makes Urban Kitchen are a local market favorite of mine. I had to stop by to smell their flavors, which include amber, mojito, tangerine clove, patchouli, grapefruit lemongrass, and cranberry marmalade. These products make wonderful gifts.

Earlier in the day, the Mix 104.1 truck was handing out free ice cream. Sad to have missed that!

What to expect if you visit

The Summer Street Market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday and is sponsored by the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. Extreme weather may cancel the event. Since the market has no webpage of its own, the BID’s Facebook and Twitter will announce weather-related cancelations and other market news. Unfortunately, it does not look like the BID has created a vendor schedule or publicizes what vendors will attend the market each week.

Since the market is much smaller than in the past, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you combine a shopping trip with a food truck lunch. Bon Me, Mei Mei, Clover, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Cookie Monstah, Momogoose, and Dining Car are Wednesday and Friday Dewey Plaza regulars.

While the market was definitely worth a trip, it is small and the current location seems like a temporary solution. With Dewey Plaza right across the way, it might be more exciting and sustainable to create a mix of artisans and foodies right on the Greenway.


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