This June, Little D Markets, a DFW-based organization bringing together local art, food, and makers to cultivate community and support local businesses, has partnered with Alta West Commerce, a hip West Dallas complex, to bring Dallas its first, totally free, night market. Read on for the scoop on Little D Markets’ newest endeavor in our interview with its founder Monica Diodati.
“West Dallas is a neighborhood rich in culture and community, and we’re hoping the market works to celebrate the community that it’s in and engage its residents, both old and new. The market would also activate an underutilized space and add life to the street, working to connect residential neighborhoods and workplaces with their commercial and cultural corridors,” Diodati shared with us.
The traditional day markets are usually held during the weekends and, of course, during the day. Pushing the envelope and stepping outside of the box in order to provide a different and more flexible market experience was an important goal with the new monthly Commerce St. Night Market. The market will be hosted at 444 West Commerce Street in West Dallas every last Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“West Dallas residents have few retail options and even fewer in the evening. The night market would be a neighborhood amenity for the community to participate in and enjoy,” Diodati explained.
June 24, is the inaugural Commerce St. Night Market event. The growing list of unique Dallas vendors is an exciting addition to the market. Every vendor is chosen based on the quality of their products and design, as well as sustainability and how the product is made. Careful selection of the vendors will give market attendees the opportunity to shop local and support ethical businesses. This month’s vendors include Humblelove, Dainty Lion, Hari Mari, Tread Studios, Resoycled Candle Co., and more.
In addition to shopping, the market will include live performances from local musicians, as well as art installations from the month’s featured artist: Whereon. If that’s not enough, there will free workshops and pop-up classes that are open to the public. CASA MASA’s John Hernandez will be hosting “Masa for the Masses: The Art of Making Tamales” at 6:30 p.m. and Fetching Fascinators: Create Your Own Floral Hair Accessory at 8:30 p.m. at the June event.
The market will be open until December. The list of vendors is still growing. Local makers are encouraged to participate, and other vendors are welcome to register. For more information on how to participate can be found here. Registration for classes and workshops can be found here.
Image 1 courtesy of Little D Markets. Image 2 courtesy of Think Make Share.