First-ever Ridgweood Market draws over 600 people
by Alexandra Torres
Apr 18, 2013 | 2420 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The first-ever Ridgewood Market showcased a variety of local artisans who hope to connect with potential customers at what will become a monthly event.

Hosted in the ballroom of Gottescheer Hall on Fairview Avenue, the event took place on April 14 from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m, the market

"The turnout was great!" said Sarah Feldman, founder of the artisanal market. "We received 600 people with kids, and people of all ages."

Vendors saw the market as an outlet to promote the neighborhood's artistic community.

"It's a great opportunity for people to see local artisans in the neighborhood and know that we have a great artistic base here in Ridgewood," said Brandon Barrow, who works for Chloe+Isbabel, a line of hand-crafted jewelry.

For other artisans, it was an opportunity for their businesses to branch out.

"We wanted to broaden our customer base because currently we're located in the Bronx, and we just want to get more of a presence throughout New York City," said Sharonda Pearson of Baby Corn Bath and Body, a Bronx-based store that sells soap and other bath products.

"This was my chance to take the next step and showcase my work while being close to home," said Sarah Serrano, founder of Klumsy Kitten, a line of stuffed animals, pillows, scarves and more.

Other items included artwork from Ezerd, Art Sucks, Henry Minata and others, vintage items from Gotham Thrift Shop, Honey Wilk Apiary and many other vendors.

Customers enjoyed the market experience.

"There's a lot of different, quirky stuff, and the vendors all seem ernest and interested in talking to you about their products," said Katie Frank.

The Ridgewood Market resulted from Feldman's desire to provide artists, like herself, with a flea market experience minus the heavy price tag of renting tables.

Guests snacked on grits and shrimp from Clean Plate Co., a home-based catering company, sandwiches from Bunker Vietnamese restaurant, pastries from Norma's Cafe and Rudy's Pastry Shop and items from Gottescheer's brunch menu.

Shoppers browsed tables and some sipped on alcoholic beverages provided by Gottescheer.

"I think the Ridgewood Market is an amazing event that has been able to bring people together,” said shopper Janira Martinez. “And it's exposing different artists."

The next market takes place on May 19 at the same time and location.

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