The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market made its debut this past Saturday with the collaboration of unique vendors and local businesses on the corner of Elm St and Malcolm X Blvd (behind the Cafe Brazil). The market, described as “a showcase for local artists and musicians” is more than your average flea market. Vendors sold everything from vintage cowboy boots and handcrafted jewelry to antiques and furniture. The arrangement of live music throughout the afternoon, the laid back (and pet friendly) atmosphere, as well as the excitement over a much anticipated local market finally opening, all played a part in the Market’s overall success. Brad Castillo, the founder and organizer, must have been excited with a crowd that more than doubled his anticipated turnout by mid-afternoon.
This event is the perfect opportunity for local residents to display and sell their artwork and wares. In a neighborhood heavily populated with artists and photographers, it’s a wonder that it has taken this long for an outdoor market to pop up in Deep Ellum. It is also a chance for visitors to check out some of the great restaurants in the area, including Twisted Root Burgers, the local favorite Angry Dog, among others. Calais Winery, a boutique winery is located on Commerce and offers weekly wine tastings.
If you missed out this time, be sure to mark August 21st on your calendar. If you’ve not been to Deep Ellum in a while (or ever), the area has re-invented itself!