Ladies now is your chance to swap clothing and accessories with other fashionistas from around Boston. Recycle your wardrobe at SoWa, it’s fun and FREE!
Where – SoWa Arts Market at 460 Harrison Ave (look for tent with balloons)
Time – 12pm to 4pm
How it works – Bring as many or as few items as you would like. For each item you bring, you’ll receive a ticket to swap for another item. Only gently worn, clean items will be accepted. Sorting starts at 11AM, swapping starts at 1pm. Any items left behind at 4pm, will be donated to Good Will.
We love Halloween at SoWa! And there is nothing quite like our Market of the Living Dead to end the outdoor season with a bang! So join us on October 27 to celebrate the ghoulish and undead! Our theme for the 10th Annual Market of the Living Dead is ..drumroll please .. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS!
And we’ve got some fabulous prizes lined up for the best costumes! The contest is open to all so come on down, the more the scarier! The only hitch, costumes must reflect the Dia de los Muertos theme in order to enter.
In addition to the customer costume contest, our vendors will be competing for best costume, booth decor and decorated food truck. And you can bet the the costumes and decor will be amazing, considering we have some of the best artists and designers from around New England!
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST AND RULES:
The Dia de los Muertos Costume Contest is open to anyone, no matter what age or where you live. But please remember, our theme is Dia de los Muertos. All costumes must reflect our new theme in order to participate in the contest.
REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN:
Participants wishing to enter any of the contests should check-in between 10AM – 1PM at the registration table at the front of the Arts Market, next to the main stage.
Judging for the best costume begins at 2PM sharp on the main stage at the Arts Market. All entrants will parade on stage in front of the judges and crowd. Our judges will then pick six finalists who will be called back for the final selection of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
1st place – $250.00
2nd place – $100.00
3rd place – $50.00
Some of the awesome costumes at the Market of the Living Dead
Your Business Name: Black Magic Coffee Company
Your Location: We are entirely mobile. The sky’s the limit!
Year you started vending at SoWa: 2013
What do you serve? Coffee, espresso, iced coffee and malt iced coffee. We also offer hot chocolate (seasonally) and Chai tea for those that don’t drink coffee (Gasp!)
How did you get your start? Admittedly, I’m a fanatic about espresso. Always have been.
How long have you been in business? 1 year
Who is your food perfect for? Coffee pairs well with everything
Do you have a story about your business you’d like to share? The book is being written
What is the story behind your business name? We would leave Post-its out whenever we had visitors. We put all of them up on our fridge and over time weeded out those we didn’t like. Fast forward to now.
What inspires you? The coffee roasters. After all, you’re only as good as the coffee you’re serving.
What is the inside of your cart like? Many have described my coffee cart as “classy”. That is exactly the look we were going for.
What are your favorite ingredients to work with? Milk is underrated
What do you like about being a part of SoWa? The camaraderie
What dates will we find you at the SoWa Open Market? Every Sunday, rain or shine in the handmade section of the SoWa Open Market.
Where can we find you online? I’m very active on Twitter @BlkMagicCoffee. Additionally, you can find us at http://blkmagiccoffee.com and Facebook
Your Business Name: Tricopot Designs
Your Location: Jamaica Plain, MA
Year you started vending at the SoWa Open Market: 2012
What do you make? I am a potter. My work is primarily in porcelain, and I make hanging planters and butter bells. I also do fiber art; this year I’m excited about baby leg warmers!
How did you get your start? I started taking pottery classes 12 years ago when I was in college, and I’ve been doing it ever since! I decided to start selling my work when my house couldn’t fit any more pottery.
How long have you been in business? A year and a half
Who is your product perfect for? I like to think that I have something for everyone, but I’ve been surprised and happy that kids have shown a lot of interest in my work. I am very touched when they choose to spend their money to buy something from me, and their interest has led me to design a few products with kids specifically in mind. I’ve even done exchanges with kids, giving them pieces in exchange for their artwork — and I cherish the pieces they’ve given me! I’m a teacher by day, so I love interacting with kids.
Do you have a story about one of your products you’d like to share? I was inspired to start making baby leg warmers last winter when I needed a baby gift for a dear friend and had about ten minutes to come up with one. I had a pair of fingerless mitts I had made recently, and it occurred to me in my desperation that I could add a seam and turn them into baby leg warmers. Ten minutes later they were done, and they were a huge hit! No one ever guessed that I had thrown them together entirely at the last minute.
What is the story behind your business name? My name is a combination of two French words, tricoterie (knitting) and poterie (pottery) since I am a mixed media artist.
What inspires you? I love looking at old pottery from different cultures — Korean, Japanese, Persian, etc. Pottery has such a rich, varied history, and I like to think about ways I can incorporate elements of that history into my work.
What is your studio space like? I work at Mudflat Studio in Somerville. It’s a gorgeous studio inside an old theatre — a very inspiring space!
What are your favorite materials to work with? Porcelain, reclaimed cashmere sweaters, buttons, and wool.
What do you like about being a vendor at the SoWa Open Market? I love being outdoors and chatting with people about my work or about anything!
What Sundays will we find you at the SoWa Open Market and/or the Greenway Open Market? June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, and August 18.
Where can we find you online?
Your Business Name: The Chicken and Rice Guys
Your Location: Boston
Year you started vending with Food Trucks at SoWa: 2012
What’s type of food do you serve? Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
How did you get your start? We got our start with our own hard money and a few loans from our parents.
How long have you been in business? 14 months
Who is your food perfect for? Perfect for anyone hungry looking for an affordable, delicious meal, as well as for spicy fanatics who want to add our optional ghost pepper hot sauce.
Do you have a story about your business you’d like to share?
We used to work only weekends, and on our second weekend we were driving down I-93 to our lunch spot and the truck started to shake. I immediately pulled over, turned off the engine and then tried to start it again. It wouldn’t start! I panicked. What am I going to do now? The truck is dead! I frantically called the partner who handles the mechanics. Just as we were about to give up, I turned the key in the ignition once more, and the engine turned on!!! I quickly set off down the road towards the lunch spot.
I got about 20 feet, and then the engine completely died. No coming back. I jumped out of the truck and heard a hissing sound… I looked under the truck, and there were fluids pouring out of the engine. At this point, I knew it was over. I called the tow company and they took one look and told me that it was likely that the engine was completely dead. Two weeks into our food truck venture, and it was over…
I was completely resigned to giving up when suddenly I thought to myself: Wait, why don’t we just tow our truck to the lunch spot? We might be able to make enough money to pay for the $600 tow back and forth. Turns out, we had an awesome day and not only made up for the tow cost, but we did so well we decided to quit our jobs (even without a working food truck)! Luckily for us, a year and $15,000 in repairs later, our hunch paid off and business has been great!
What is the story behind your business name? We got our name from the Halal Guys in NYC, whom our food is patterned after.
What inspires you? Only have one life to live, so got to do big things!
What are your favorite ingredients to work with? Garlic, paprika, and ghost pepper
What do you like about being a part of the Food Trucks at SoWa? Love trading food with everyone, that is almost the best part about working on a food truck.
What dates will we find you at the SoWa Open Market and/or the Greenway Open Market? We are the SOWA Open Market every Sunday, and at the Greenway Open Market June 8th & 15th and then in October on the 19th.
Where can we find you online?