SoWa Open Market - Summer Design Guide

Looking for fresh inspiration to upgrade your home decor? These SoWa Open Market vendors have you covered. Check out a few of our recommendations and shop our picks every Sunday, now - October. 

The Rubbish Revival— Arts Martket

Bring the beach home with recycled sea glass decor. We can't get enough of these stunning mobiles and sweet mini drawers. 

 

Honest Union— Arts Market 

These 3-D printed home goods will make a great minimalist statement. Feel good taking home the biodegradable plastic.

 

Vagabundo— Arts Market

Browse through their selection of pottery, pressed plants + reclaimed glass to add a more nature- focused touch to your home this summer. 

 

Moss and Blue— Arts Market

Whether you need a show-stopping center piece or want to add some color to a room, Moss and Blue offers a variety of canvas sizes, framed work, a table top book + coasters.

 

New Moon Ceramics— Arts Market

These handmade ceramics are available in many styles including stackable bowls, vases, serving dishes + more!

 

Frames with a History— Arts Market

Fancy yourself the next Joanna Gaines? These custom reclaimed wood mirrors, tables + benches are the perfect way to add a rustic style to your home.

Sweetgum Textiles— Farmers Market

Shop festive kitchen linens and dish cloths from Sweetgum Textiles. Each reusable, washcloth-sized dishcloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towels and is made from natural fibers!

What will you find? Tag @sowaboston so we can see your design inspiration.

#MakerMonday: Tamim Teas

Tamim Teas is the first herbal tea company dedicated to the benefits of organic mushrooms. Based in the Boston area, founder Liat is taking the tea market in a whole new direction. Apprehensive about what a mushroom tea will actually taste like? The caffeine-free blends offer a variety of naturally sweet mixes of spices and flavors.

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Medicinal mushrooms are exploding in today’s health market. They contain nourishing health compounds now being studied for their potential in cancer care and immune system support.

For mushroom-based tea, it is recommended a longer steep of 20 minutes or more for greater functionality and flavors of the tea.

When handcrafting mushroom tea blends for optimal flavor and function, Liat pairs each freshly dried functional mushroom with a fragrant array of herbs to augment both the health proprieties of each medicinal mushroom and make a well-balanced tea to be thoroughly enjoyed at any time. It's a revitalizing experience for both health enthusiasts and tea lovers alike.

In addition to drinking these mushroom teas warm, they can also be brewed, refrigerated and served cold over ice in the warm summer month. It’s easy and fun! Need to bring something to a picnic or BBQ? Nothing is as unique as iced mushroom tea – it’s bound to pique everyone’s interest and taste-buds. Liat’s favorite blends to serve iced are the Chaga Chai and Reishi Delight.

You can find Tamim Teas at the Farmers Market on August 26th or in local retail stores around the Boston area. 

Stop by the Farmers Market every Sunday to see more healthy living alternatives like mushroom tea! 

SoWa Open Market: Father's Day Gift Guide

Between birthdays + holidays, it's easy to be stumped on what to get your dad for Father's Day. There are always the safe go-to gift cards for when we are in a crunch. But this year, why not get your dad something a little more personal, a bit more local + a lot more meaningful! Check out some of the awesome gifts you can find for dad at the SoWa Open Market next Sunday, June 10, 10 am - 4pm. With something for everyone, these SoWa vendors have got you covered!

Alex's Ugly Sauce —Farmers Market

If your father is a foodie, get him some of this small batch hot sauce! With locally grown peppers and heat levels ranging from a 1-10 scale, you can find a sauce for anyone. But there's no reason to stop there. Grab your dad some dried pepper shakers or really surprise him with a Bloody Mary mix!

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Nine Five LTD— Arts Market

Why not find your dad the perfect gift while doing some good?  Nine Five donates 20% of each purchase to a cause of your choice. Their mantra is "Live This Day" encouraging you to live each day to the fullest and help the less fortunate to do the same. Browse their selection of hats, hoodies + t-shirts to find the perfect gift that keeps on giving for your dad. 

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Prospect Ciderworks— Farmers Market

That's right, the same cider you find in our beer barn is also sold in our farmers market! They offer three unique flavors made from local New England apples, making for a fun and tasty gift for dad!

 

Adelante Shoe Company— Arts Market

For the stylish dads out there, stop by Adelante Shoe Company for a new pair of kicks! At Adelante, you are getting high-quality footwear at a more affordable price.

Hubba Hubba— Farmers Market

For the cook of the family, get him some Hubba Hubba rub. Use the blends for anything from rubs to cooking spices, marinades or salad dressing mixes. You can even add olive oil to the mixes to make a tasty dipping sauce. Their website has plenty of recipes for your dad to try out! 

Fiber and Water— Arts Market

Give your dad a gift for home with this unique burlap art. Fiber and Water offer anything from city-related artwork to custom pieces. This thoughtful gift would make the perfect addition to any home!

SoWa Beauty Guide

Beauty and Skin Care at the Market:

Looking for a new skincare routine? Want natural products made locally? This week we give our top beauty recommendations from the experts themselves– Birchstone Apothecary and Fresh Pickins! You can find both vendors at the market June 10-October 28!

Don't forget that on June 3rd you can sign up with Mayur Naturals to create your own salt scrub! 

We believe this is the healthiest and most sustainable option out there.

Birchstone Apothecary ends your search for a dream beauty routine!  All the products are made with local and edible ingredients. The non-toxic, all natural products are meant to provide you with the healthiest and most sustainable beauty routine to fit your needs. Above are our top recommendations that you can find at the market! We added a few favorites to prepare you for your summer skin as well as some year-round products that will be your next go-to beauty staple.

 

The OCEAN collection combines nutrient rich ingredients from land and sea to help you create your own magic.
Our FARM collection is a result of these lessons and inspirations. Thank you Mother Nature :)
Our MOUNTAIN products are formulated to protect us from the elements, ground us in the moment and soothe us when things don’t go to plan!
The FOREST collection ventures into the deep unknown to capture the smells, purity and wisdom of this enchanting environment.

 

Fresh Pickins prides themselves on their deep connections with the ocean, forest, mountains, and farming. It’s that same connection that inspired their products. Fresh Pickins plants, cultivates and harvests their own ingredients allowing the creation of  unique products with special energy.

Their passion for adventure and nature have created a collection of products that offers something for every kind of person. With four different collections all inspired by different aspects of nature, there is a product to fit every aspect of your lifestyle.  Take a look at their distinct products in the photos above. 

 

 

 

Music Lineup: SoWa Winter Festival

This year's SoWa Winter Festival is featuring live music by four incredible groups. Take a look. 

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Night Tree, Saturday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 4 pm. WGBH calls them "One of the most exciting roots-based music groups to emerge from the New England Conservatory in many years." The sextet of conservatory-trained musicians attracts dramatic attention not only for an abnormal instrumentation of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophone, percussion, voice, and the occasional viola and mandolin, but for a collective representation and incorporation of traditions from Irish, Classical, Swedish, Jazz, Klezmer, and Afro-Cuban music. Quite simply, they're a joy to watch. 

Songful Artists, Saturday 5 pm - 7 pm. Back for a second year, Songful Artists is passionate about keeping the arts alive. They specialize in holiday and year round entertainment in New England and New York. 

Sound Off, Sunday 12 pm - 2 pm. Formed in 2013, Sound Off is an award-winning semi-professional a cappella group based in Boston. They are young men and women from all different career fields brought together by an unabashed love for a cappella music and performance. While they perform regularly around the Greater Boston area, Sound Off continues to develop a diverse repertoire of modern pop with a soulful twist.

Alissa Musto, Sunday 2 pm  - 4 pm. Alissa Musto is an incredible pianist and singer. She began performing professionally at the age of 15, and has since performed around New England at venues including the House of Blues, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, the Massachusetts State House and the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, where she opened for jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. Listen to "Black Flak" from her debut album, “What We Saw From the Piano Bar.”

2017 SoWa Winter Festival Vendors

Discover the incredible gifts our 2017 SoWa Winter Festival vendors have in store. You'll find the best pesto you've every tasted at Lara's Cuisine, heavenly botanical perfumes by Thorn & Bloom, custom leather boots by Adelante Shoe Co., and so much more. Did we mention we'll have Christmas trees for sale? Various sizes available by Stow Greenhouses. Save our vendor map to your phone, and view our full alphabetical list below. 

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Keep it Local

We're proud to work with local businesses. This year, our friends at Blackbird Doughnuts will be back for the SoWa Winter Festival, along with sister company Banyan Bar + Refuge, whose cocktails will support our neighbors at the Haley House. That's something to celebrate.

Take a peek at Banyan's cocktail menu:

Painkiller
5 spice infused rum, orange, pineapple, coconut foam
Malaysian Mule
kaffir + lemongrass infused vodka, ginger, lime
Bengal Kitty
bourbon, black cardamom, cherry heering, lemon

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You'll also find Gaslight Brasserie du Coin serving mulled wine and raclette, a warm, melty cheese scrapped right off the wheel and onto your plate of potatos. Yes, please. 

Find 110 local vendors at the SoWa Winter Festival on December 2 & 3. 

SoWa Winter Festival Vendor Spotlight: Red + Wolf

Red + Wolf isn't your average stationary vendor. These eco-friendly greeting cards raise funds and awareness for the endangered species featured on each print.

Behind these charming watercolor illustrations is owner and artist Rachael, along with her trusty German Shepherd rescue, Chaco. Rachael's inspiration for the company is two-fold: aiding endangered species and preserving the art of the hand-written note. Not only is Rachael helping us stay connected, but she's doing an amazing job at helping preserve our planet and the creatures in it.

For every card or print sold, $1 is donated to The Wildlife Conservation Network. Find Rachael and her festival holiday line at the SoWa Winter Festival on December 2 & 3. 

SoWa Winter Festival Gift Guide

It's almost giving season. We're so excited to share a sample of what you'll find at the SoWa Winter Festival. Join us on December 2 & 3 to shop from over 100 of the region's best artisan and specialty food makers. Gifts marked with an asterisk* can be found at SoWa's brick and mortar shops, galleries, and artist studios. Stay tuned for a complete vendor list.

 

For the art lover

Stunning abstracts by Moss & Blue are available as canvas paintings and giclée prints. If you can't pick just one, pick up a calendar and admire a new art piece each month.

For the true New Englander

Designed for men and women, Hoist Away Bags are created from authentic retired sails. Each bag is truly one of a kind.

For the host

The Everyday Co's handmade dinner napkins feature a delicate, signature stitch and make the perfect gift for a host (left). Add a dessert cider from Carr's Ciderhouse and everyone will be glad you were on the guest list (right).

For the minimalist

Select an elegant vase with the perfect speckled design by MYRTH Ceramics

For your ROOMMATE

The best part about getting your roommate a gift is you can enjoy it too. We love these handmade rope baskets by MOkun (left) and playful holiday decor by HibouDesigns (right).

For the Chef

Select a stunning stone serving or cooking slab from American Stonecraft (left). Pair it with barrel aged maple syrup from Cask Force - our favorite is Kasai, a syrup with a spicy kick (right). Try it as a glaze on crispy brussel sprouts.

For the animal lover

Pup parents will love Lion + Wolf's colorful pet beds and bandannas (left). Add a handwritten sentiment on a card by Red + Wolf. $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network (right). 

For the history buff

Browse through the International Poster Gallery's* incredible collection of fine original vintage posters from every corner of the globe.

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For the sports fan

Fiber & Water screen prints on natural burlap. Choose from an assortment of designs and customize your purchase with your favorite frame. 

For the naturalist

We love The Cyprus Cabinet's gorgeous crystal jewelry (left). Ask the mother-daughter team about their healing gift sets. Pair this gift with a fragrant natural tea blend by Soluna Garden Farm (right).

For him

Skandle's geometric concrete vessels have the coolest marbled patters (left). Pick your favorite and add a succulent from The Happy Cactus. He'll also love Brothers Artisan Oil, a line of natural beard oils, lotions, balms, clay face masks, and more (right).

for her

Porcelain and Stone's hand-carved jewelry is paired with 22k gold and 14k goldfill metal (left). The striking designs are inspired by the New England coast. She'll also love a DeRoucheau Handmade Knitwear blanket - it's the coziest way to brave a Boston winter (right).

For the traveler

Hidden pocket scarves by Speakeasy Travel Supply (left) are convenient and stylish. Add a leather zipper pouch from Ash & Rose* (right) and your favorite jet setter will be ready for another adventure.  

For the vintage lover

The best vintage finds in Boston are in the heart of SoWa. You'll find treasures at Bobby from Boston* (left) and the SoWa Vintage Market* (right).

For the new parents

AguVivi's cotton baby blankets and pillows feature the sweetest prints perfect for any nursery (left). Browse through Simplemente Blanco* for toys and trinkets with an elegant touch.  

Join us at the SoWa Winter Festival to meet the makers and find a gift that speaks to you.

SoWa Spooktacular Costume Contest Winners

SoWa's Thayer Street was packed with monsters and superheroes on Saturday's Spooktacular event. We couldn't get enough of the costume parade. Check out the winners below!

1st Place: Edward Scissorhands

2nd Place: Jack and Sally Skellington

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3rd Place: Doctor Octopus

SoWa Open Market vendors got into the Halloween spirit, too!

1st Place: Lobster Fisherman, Fresh Lobster, and Lobster Roll by fiber & water

2nd Place: Paper Fish by powpaper

3rd Place: Marionette Puppet Theater by Blush Baking

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And last but not least, check out our four-legged winners!

2nd Place: Taco Bell

1st Place: Zero the ghost

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a spooktacular costume contest. Happy Halloween!