By Shirley Griffith
July 24, 2018
Residents of Plaza Midwood may have recently noticed street closures down Commonwealth Ave for an outdoor market each Sunday afternoon, featuring local jewelry makers, artists and bakers, among others. This Sunday, July 29, one of the businesses off of Commonwealth will be open for its third annual Summer Hot Stuff Pop Up Market, which gives you just another reason to pop into the community and support local. The market, which takes place at Petra’s Piano Bar from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., brings 24 eclectic vendors ranging from a few familiar ones to more than a couple newer vendors that have recently established themselves in town.
The Hot Stuff Market focuses on local artists and artisans who create handcrafted original gifts, jewelry, art, and more. Petra’s co-owner, Marta Suarez del Real, is the coordinator and host for the market. She says the markets are an authentic way to easily endorse the talent in your own backyard, but it’s also specifically a way for Petra’s to open their doors to the community and give local artists a fun and enjoyable platform to showcase their work. Additionally, Petra’s entire layout is a full circle, making it an effortless walk through the market.
Not only will there be ample novelties to peruse, Petra’s full bar will be open and Hot Stuff has secured two delicious food vendors, King of Pops and Lady Go-Go’s (vegan Mexican traditional), to provide market-goers with all-day nourishment.
For a full list of the market’s vendors, be sure to investigate Hot Stuff’s Instagram page, where market coordinators are featuring bios on each vendor once a day since early July. You can also find giveaway packages with prizes donated from select vendors.
Here are a few featured vendors:
Geoflora Jewelry (@geoflorajewelry) Twin sisters who also happen to be metalsmiths create casual and contemporary geometric jewelry that incorporates patterns found in nature. Geolflora seeks to grace the cool girl who is strong, bold and looking to make a statement.
Cosmosis Stones (@cosmosisstones) The work of the effervescent Brianna Daniels, Cosmosis Stones are hand-conjured adornments made with “cosmic love behaving as a solid reminder of your vast infinite self.” Daniels’ vast knowledge and intuition with both her creations and her customers allows her to provide you with the type of stone that’s just what you need.
Bajari (@bajaridesigns) Caribbean artist Nadya Aleman is a self-taught silversmith who creates beautiful, minimal pieces of jewelry. Her evolved style often incorporates real flora and fauna pressed in resin to create an unbelievably dainty effect.
Funk Era (@funk_era) Inspired by culture, fueled by creativity and made with love. Funk Era is an apparel brand that creates vibrant designs for your vibrant self-expression. T-shirts are screen-printed and Funk Era uses only water-based inks that soak into the fabric creating a flawless and lasting print.
Rise Over Run (@riseoverrunjewelry) Local artist Renee Cloud creates unique contemporary polymer clay earrings as Rise Over Run. Her affordable, original pieces are colorful geometric designs that make great gifts. Cloud’s creations range from small studs to large dangling earrings allowing customers to find just the right piece for their personal style.
it’s the fuzz (@itsthefuzzart) Liz Kruckemeyer’s “needle-felted nonsense” will be sure to brighten your day. Kruckemeyer has a hilarious sense of humor which she translates through whimsical needle-felted wool critters. it’s the fuzz has everything from adorable magnet avocados for your fridge to sweet bunnies in antique teacups having a miniature tea time.