Somerville is teeming with small businesses selling everything from popsicles and craft coffee to letterpress posters and handmade jewelry, but not all of these operations have permanent retail homes.
Somerville Local First planned to bring many of these businesses together under one roof to provide a venue to shop locally for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately Old Man Winter had other plans, walloping Somerville with snow and focusing organizers to cancel the event.
But Kat Rutkin, executive director of Somerville Local First, was determined to reschedule the event for a later date. So now the Local is for Lovers 2.0 market will happen Sunday, April 14 at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). It will feature more than 30 Somerville artists, food producers and craftspeople showcasing and selling their wares.
“We wanted to promote local merchants and the local economy in a really family-friendly way,” Rutkin said of the first Local is for Lovers Market, which took place in December. The markets “draw attention to local craftspeople. It will help people understand what we do and let businesses get to know us better. And let us give back to local businesses.”
While many of the businesses that were slated to appear at the February market will participate in April, some are not be able to attend. So the once sold-out event has a few vendor slots open. Anyone interested in a booth should contact Rutkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To give adults a little time to shop, Knucklebones will be on hand to entertain kids. There will also be live music and the Armory Cafe will be open during the event selling snacks, lunch and beverages.
“It’s a way to easily shift your shopping,” Rutkin said of the Local is for Lovers markets. “It’s about people who care about the community and help it grow.”
Local is for Lovers 2.0
Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.