One of last year’s most popular weekly events, The Davis Flea, is returning for a second season this Sunday. Open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, from June 2 through October 27, the market features vintage and antique vendors as well as musical performances and a new cafe.
“Our first year was pretty good. Good enough to warrant a second year,” said Greg Ghazil, one of The Davis Flea’s founders. The other two partners are Jason Metz and Maureen Nuccitelli.
Returning to this year’s Davis Flea are 10 to 12 core vendors from last year that will be accompanied by 25 new, rotating vendors throughout the season. While many are local, one is coming from Chicago with an RV full of vintage clothing.
In addition to the vendors selling vintage and antique furniture, decorations, accessories, clothing and other goods, the market will feature some of Cambridge and Somerville’s best music acts. Ghazil, who has worked at Toad in Cambridge for 15 years, tapped into his connections in the local entertainment industry to secure regular talent to play for market visitors.
Last year The Davis Flea hosted a few food vendors and those offerings will be greatly expanded this season when the market opens on Sunday. Ghazil and his partners have purchased several vintage fold-up picnic tables that will be set up in a cafe area where local food producers will be selling smoothies, mini-cheesecakes, whoopie pies and coffee.
With upward of 1,000 people visiting The Davis Flea on some days, the weekly event has become a regular part of many people’s Sundays.
“It’s in a great spot in Davis Square,” Ghazil said of the market’s set-up in the parking lot on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road. “People made it their daily ritual. We got zero negative feedback. People came up and thanked me.”
Prior to launching The Davis Flea last year Ghazil had no experience with operating such markets. He just knew he loved to shop at them and thought that Somerville should have one of its own.
“I guess what I’m trying to do is slow down time in a sense,” Ghazil said. “People still appreciate older things.”
With the market set to open for the season this Sunday, Ghazil, his partners and the Flea’s vendors are busy working to finish last-minute preparations.
“We’re just looking forward to it. We’re looking for people to come and shop. Our vendors are working hard,” Ghazil said. “We just want to have a better year than last year and last year was pretty good.”
The Davis Flea
Sundays June 2-October 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Parking lot on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road
Rain or shine
P.S. Click here to see more photos from last year’s Davis Flea.