May 26, 2015

A beer garden, cigar stand, food trucks, and community outreach have been added to the previously announced mix of exhibitors, live painting, and entertainment for the launch of the monthly MarketSW 4 to 9 pm Friday at Waterfront Station, 4th and M Streets, SW.

The additional attractions were announced by Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management (DMM) which is collaborating with Art Whino impresario Shane Pomajambo to present “a festive event every fourth Friday through October,”

Berman said the beer and cigar gardens, featuring taps and “even a cigar roller,” were arranged by Tommy Inzer, Chief Operating Officer of Spike'd Events, which has worked with Pomajambo in the past. He said food trucks signed up are Tokyo in the City, adding a Japanese and Korean menu to the Asian-themed market, and South Meets East “whose offerings will expand the international representation at the market.”

Participating in community outreach efforts will be the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, SouthWest Neighborhood Assembly, Zip Car and City Bikes.




Also part of the programming mix, FICADC will perform and teach live Capoeira Angola. Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines acrobatics, fighting, music, history and philosophy. Previously announced entertainment included the ElectroKoustic sound of John Lewis from 4 to 6 pm and Ian Walters and Friends from 7 to 9 pm. Announced live painters, who will be decorating storage shipping containers on site, were muralists Mas Paz and Junction XXI.

Among the 30 small businesses exhibiting at the market will be: LittleTibet Boutique, SCARVELOUS, Brooklyn Made Store, BAMI Products, Totally Carter Design, Pure Palette, Lil' Fishy, Cherry Blossom Creative, Tunisian Touch, Poppi, Crandra, Yikes Twins, JazEaz Designs, and Mandala Jewelry. A complete list of exhibitors and all the activity is here.

MarketSW is supported by Waterfront Station's development team Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Forest City Washington, as well as the Southwest Business Improvement District.  Berman singled our Gordon Fraley, Vice President for Development for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, “for enabling the evolution of MarketSW, and the night market concept".