The SoWa district in Boston, the area South of Washington Street named as homage to New York’s SoHo, is the hub of much of the amazing local art going on in the city. SoWa Sundays invite neighborhood residents, suburbanites and visitors to the district’s Open Market held weekly from late spring through mid-fall. Sunday’s mild temperature and bright blue sky couldn’t have been more ideal for the opening of the SoWa Open Market after a winter hiatus. Now in its 10th season, this year’s market is bigger than ever and includes a rotating schedule of 110 indie designers and artists at the Art Market, more than 75 specialty food and farm vendors and nearly 40 food trucks serving up all sorts of amazing eats. Plus, there’s a vintage market – open year-round – where regional secondhand purveyors hawk their wares.
The market, which is truly a jewel in our city, will run every Sunday from 10 AM to 4:00 PM through the end of October. If you have not been there yet – or haven’t visited in the past year or so – I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon where you can pick up some original local items or just enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Not only are you sure to acquire fabulous finds from local artisans, but you’re likely to leave with an epicurean treat, enticing produce or flowers, or a hand-made piece of art or jewelry for yourself or to give as a gift. It’s also a great opportunity to chat with those behind the work and feel good about supporting local business, too.
The Farmers’ Market is located at 500 Harrison Avenue and features produce from local farmers and specialty food vendors. The Arts Market, at 460 Harrison Avenue (in the Thayer Street lot) features work by local artists and crafters who sell unique gift items like jewelry, clothing, toys, pottery and more. The year-round Vintage Market, located at 460C Harrison Ave., features funky garden wares as well as furniture, jewelry and clothing. And for those with a hankering for a freshly cooked meal, there’s the food truck area in the Trolley Building at 540 Harrison Ave. More information is available on the Market’s website .
The SoWa Open Market is just another reason why my clients love the South End. Access to the market, along with the galleries, an abundance of chic restaurants and a range residential options where you can get more square feet for your dollar than in other parts of the city make this neighborhood a great place to live.
What’s your favorite find at the SoWa Open Market?
All photos courtesy of the SoWa Open Market.