By JEFF CLEMETSON
Art and craft market aficionados and the vendors selling their wares there have seen many of their beloved events canceled throughout the pandemic. Fortunately, as case rates decline, vaccination rates rise, and the colors of the levels begin to shift to shades of yellow or green, many outside markets will soon begin to return. One such event is the San Diego Made Summer Market, which will be held May 1-2 at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
San Diego Made co-founder Kristin Dinnis said the May event would be similar to the one he hosted at the Grossmont Center in November – outdoors with social distancing booths, sanitation stations easily available and other COVID safety precautions. It attributes to the large parking lot offered by Grossmont its marketing capacity.
“Our events normally take place indoors, but because we wanted to make sure that they are safe and that people are okay with being able to come to the event and feel safe, we wanted to make them outside, ”she said.
With a 1960s/1070s theme, the Marketplace will feature themed backdrops for photo opportunities, including a 1960s trailer; roller skaters taking photos and promoting the event; live music featuring local artists; and live art demonstrations from several of the vendors.
“The theme is the 1960s, 1970s, so we’re trying to set the mood,” Dinis said.
What will not be present are food trucks or a bar, which are normally part of San Diego Made events. There will be, says Dinnis, prepackaged food for sale.
The main feature, from rude, will be the arts and crafts sellers – 96 of them.
“We had an overwhelming number of suppliers who applied. We had to open it up and redo our layout to try to bring in 15 more vendors, ”Dinnis said, adding that the pandemic had been difficult for many regular vendors at the Made events in San Diego.
“We have seen some small businesses that we have worked with in the past close, not a lot but still several that it is difficult to see that they have not been able to do so because they rely so much on the public markets and events like this. It’s basically how they make their money throughout the year, ”she said. “[The Grossmont market is] a good opportunity for the public to come and experience these events and also for the small businesses to be able to earn the income that they would normally have at these types of events throughout the year.
The San Diego Summer Market will be held May 1 and 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. The event is free, as are the raffle and door giveaways while supplies last. For more information visit www.sandiegomade.org.
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