The first season of  The MARKET in Fondren is now almost complete and classified as a huge success!  Begun in July of this year, The MARKET is 100% volunteer driven and free to the public each month.  The MARKET returns this month during Fondren Unwrapped on November 18. Then in March 2011 to welcome the world-famous Sweet Potato Queens™ for the inaugural Zippity Do Dah Festival™ and parade in Fondren.

Proud to showcase a variety of quality vendors, The MARKET in Fondren emphasizes home-grown and handcrafted products.  Known for its wealth of creative artisans already, the Fondren locale lends itself beautifully to the unique array of paintings, photography, metal and wood art, crafts, garments, collectibles, children’s items, gardening, jewelry, community groups and food products found at The MARKET.

A popular feature of The MARKET is the ongoing music featuring local talent from 8 until noon.  These artists reflect that funky Fondren flavor, which is what sets The MARKET apart.

Guests enjoy perusing the great variety of vendors at The MARKET, which is located at 3271 North State Street at Hartfield.  Little MARKET guests and their parents especially enjoyed the MARKET 4 Kids area, including a space jump sponsored by Fondren neighbor, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.  Coordinators are quick to point out their best feature: Fondren, where attendees can enjoy The MARKET, then take a sidewalk stroll to retail and restaurants in the historic arts district.

Inaugural sponsors of The MARKET in Fondren included Fondren Renaissance Foundation, Fondren Association of Businesses, Peters Real Estate, WLEZ, Hull Portraits Studio, Clear Channel Radio and Q105.1, Brown Bottling Group, WJQS Radio Shopping Show, MannikUSA, SouthernDrawlELN and Joshua Little.

Art.  Food.  Music.  Fondren.  It’s ALL at The MARKET in Fondren!  For information on becoming a vendor, sponsor or volunteer for the 2011 season, please visit our website at www.themarketinfondren.com, contact the Fondren Renaissance Foundation office at (601) 981-9606 or email marketinfondren@aol.com.

Originally written for Fondren Renaissance Foundation's Winter News