SoWa's October Community Partner: Haley House

This October, all proceeds from SoWa Swag will support the Haley House, a local nonprofit neighboring SoWa. Check out the great work they do for the Boston community!

Haley House

What began with Kathe & John McKenna opening their home to men sleeping on the streets in 1966 has grown into a beloved multifaceted operation. Since 1966, the Haley House, named after Leo Haley,  has grown to encompass a soup kitchen, clothing room, and food pantry run by the live-in community,affordable housing, a Bakery Cafe, a transitional employment program, Take Back the Kitchen (a youth nutrition & cooking course), an urban agricultural program and more. By focusing their efforts on food's relationship with community, the nonprofit has broken down barriers between people, transferred new skills, and revitalized neighborhoods. 

The Haley House's South End Soup Kitchen at 23 Dartmouth Street is open six days a week and invites guests to enjoy healthy homemade meals made by passionate volunteers and dedicated members of the live-in community. Three times a week, the soup kitchen hosts Elder Meal and on Thursday mornings the kitchen distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to the neighborhood. The Haley House Bakery Cafe, located at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, often hosts evening events such as Community Tables which includes a three course meal priced at "pay what you can." At any Haley House event, everyone has a seat at the table. At any Haley House event, everyone has a seat at the table. 

None of this work would be possible without an incredible staff. The full-service Soup Kitchen is run by a community of like-minded people, who offer their time and presence in exchange for room and board. Additionally the Haley House is an equal opportunity employer, offering a transitional employment program for those coming out of incarceration. All staff members of the Haley House are dedicated to breaking down barriers that separate people in our increasingly polarized society. People in the Haley House community resist violence and injustice by taking direct action and promoting justice and peace through their own life choices. Together the staff shares friendship, space, and material goods provided by the generosity of others. 

The Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. 
— Haley House Staff

The Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. As a result of this mission statement, the Haley House is always expanding programming and looking for more volunteers. 

Want to get involved or learn more about the Haley House? Find additional information here

Purchase SoWa Apparel at our Info Booth on any Saturday and Sunday through October 29, 10 AM to 4 PM. On Saturdays find us at 450 Harrison Ave, and on Sundays find us at 500 Harrison Ave.  



SoWa Spotlight: Music and Art with Palaver Strings and Kingston Gallery

Haven't made any Sunday plans? Look no further.

Music and Art with Palaver Strings and Kingston Gallery will take place this Sunday, October 15th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm featuring a presentation by Palaver Strings amidst paintings by Julie S Graham and works on paper by Lynda Schlosberg. 

Kingston Gallery and Palaver Strings are both artist-run organizations with proven passion for their surrounding communities. Palaver's mission is to bring their music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences thereby encouraging discussion of social issues, promotion of education and healing, and inspiring community to support the arts. Meanwhile Kingston Gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary New England art in a mutually supportive environment that encourages experimentation and growth. Each member of Palaver Strings, a Boston based string orchestra, is dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks while connecting with new audiences.

Palaver Strings

The setting for the Palaver performance on October 15th at Kingston Gallery brings work by two gallery artists into the conversation and creates a multi-sensory experience for viewers. On view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries will be Incidental Matters by Julie S Graham, canvases portraying improbable combinations of paint and color, geometric shapes, reclaimed materials, and inspiration from urban industrial areas. In the Project space will be Interwoven, works on paper by Lynda Schlosberg who with acrylic, gouache and graphite continues her exploration of working with an interconnected network of lines that undulate, and twist and turn, forming illusions of spatial planes that trace the movement of imperceptible energy.

Art Pieces

The SoWa team can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. RSVP to the event here for a unique and energizing afternoon at the Kingston Gallery. If you can't make it to this event, but would like to see the exhibit, stop by the gallery at 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 before October 29 anytime between 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday. 



SoWa Spotlight: Leather Man Dan

With the start of fall officially under our belts, we're featuring SoWa Open Market frequenter and custom leather designer, Leather Man Dan! Stop by his booth to find the perfect accessory for the season.

Dan was first exposed to leather crafting in junior high school, but it wasn't until after ten years in the Air Force and twenty years in the corporate field that Dan finally had the time to settle into the leather craft business. We're so glad he did!

To create his beautiful products, Dan uses a round knife, hole punch, harness needle, and wood burnisher. By using full-grain leather and his own oil & beeswax finish, his products all reflect his love for the smell, look, and feel of the leather. His products have quickly charmed SoWa Open Market customers. Check out the photos below to see some of his most popular products! 

Dan is also passionate about supporting business in the U.S. His leather comes from Pennsylvania, his thread comes from Maine, his dyes come from Wisconsin, his wax & buckles come from Massachusetts, and his sleigh bells from Connecticut. We love his effort to source his materials locally and wish him the best with his blooming business. 

Come by the SoWa Open Market any Saturday and/or Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM before October 29 to find out what all the hype is about! 

When they’re here: October 7, October 8, October 14, October 15, October 21, October 22, October 28, and October 29.

SoWa Spotlight: Ser Verde

The SoWa husband and wife team behind the handcrafted shoe company, Ser Verde, has made their imprint on many Boston feet. Inspired by handcrafted shoes they came across in Spain, the couple aspires to provide men, women, and children with a comfortable shoe that provides its wearer a stylish flair.

After launching their company in the Spring of 2016 at the SoWa Open Market, Ser Verde soon began expanding their inventory to include several styles of shoes. The very popular espadrilles are handmade in Rioja and the fashion forward menorquina sandal is made in Menorca. To top off their amazing business, all products made by Ser Verde are eco-friendly. The rubber and Jute Soles come from trees and the linen and cotton are organic. 

With a studio at SoWa's 46 Waltham, Ser Verde's success certainly has not gone unnoticed. The company has been written up by Improper Bostonian, the Boston Herald, and in several blogs. The shoes are sold in New England stores including Calypso in St. Barth, Holiday Boutique in Beacon Hill, Sara Campbell at several of their locations, and Skinny Dip in Nantucket. Amy and Chris are SoWa Open Market frequenters and have a large following of shoe models in the SoWa neighborhood, including many SoWa market vendors and organizers - I just bought my first pair this weekend! 

We are constantly impressed with this young company's innovations and cannot wait to see what designs and patterns this team produces next. Visit their booth at SoWa to pick up a pair of end of season sale sandals or a pair of espadrilles from their new Fall collection! Amy and Chris will also be at their studio this Saturday and Sunday (September 16 & September 17) for The South End Open Studios. Stop by and show them some love at 46 Waltham St. Suite 314!

When they’re here: September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, and October 29! 

SoWa's September Partner: Boston Public Schools

This September, all proceeds from SoWa Open Market merchandise will be donated to art programs at Boston Public Schools (BPS). Check out the great work of BPS!

As the birthplace of public education, BPS is committed to transforming the lives of its 56,000 students through exemplary teaching in a system of innovative and welcoming schools.  With the support of BPS, every child has great teachers and school leaders who encourage them to develop the knowledge, skill, and character that will allow them to excel in college, their careers, and their lives. 

Boston Public Schools emphasize the critical role that the arts play in a well-rounded education. In 2009, BPS began its Arts Expansion program focused on a coherent, sustainable approach to quality arts education for all BPS students. To support the expansion, local foundations, the school district, arts organizations, higher education institutions and the Mayor's office formed a public-private partnership to develop creative, engaged learners. In just eight years, BPS has had enormous success in changing the landscape for arts education in Boston. Since 2009, an additional 17,000 students have experienced the arts during the school day whether it be dance, music, theater, or visual + media arts.  

“The arts deepen student’s learning, giving young people new ways to express themselves, gain confidence, learn through experimentation, and work with others. The arts allows them to explore and question the world around them; take pride, ownership, and make connections in their own personal lives.” 

As the numbers continue to rise, those involved in BPS grow more and more hopeful for the public school system. BPS Executive Director for the Arts, Myran Parker Brass is particularly excited about the development for BPS arts programs - "The arts deepens student’s learning, giving young people new ways to express themselves, gain confidence, learn through experimentation, and work with others. The arts allows them to explore and question the world around them; take pride, ownership, and make connections in their own personal lives." 

We are so excited to work with this group of education pioneers and encourage all visitors to pick up some SoWa Swag this month! Come by the SoWa Open Market info booth on a Saturday or Sunday between 10 Am to 4 Pm to support this incredible organization. 

SoWa Spotlight: Gallery BOM

Yunmin Zala, Director of Gallery BOM is pleased to present the paintings of New York-based artist Angela A’Court. The exhibition, titled “Thisness” will feature works by A’Court.

Gallery's BOM's success has been driven by Yunmin, who has cultivated the gallery as a space deeply committed to contemporary art. In line with the gallery's commitment, she is excited to present the paintings of Angela A'Court. Angela received her BFA from Goldsmiths, University of London UK. Throughout her career she has exhibited in galleries all over the world, and now has made a name for herself in New York. Angela's first exhibition at Gallery BOM will open September 1 and run until October 15. 

The quality of being here and now - or such as it is. The concrete, objective reality of a thing.


The exhibit defines 'thisness' in latin terms as "the quality of being here and now - or such as it is. The concrete, objective reality of a thing." To reflect 'thisness' Angela curated a collection of original still-lifes that delicately express "moment" and "space." In the creation of her still - lifes, Angela follows a particular artistic process. She does not set up or arrange the objects. Instead she lets the objects speak to her and the work unfolds instinctively. This allows for each object to find its essential 'thisness.'

In a letter to gallery visitors, Yunmin beautifully describes her experience with the exhibit. 

It is Gallery BOM’s privilege to introduce Angela A’Court’s new show, “THISNESS” in September 2017.
Angela’s work is characterized by openness. It is that openness that invites you into her world—a world in which you become deeply conscious of the space objects occupy. Whenever I see her work, I feel as though I can breathe deeply. The space that she creates invites you to do so, creating, in a sense, your own private moment.
Her compositions also have the very special power to renew your perspective, refreshing each present object. Her still lifes transcend genre, giving each object its own rich, surprising, and complex character.
I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do and are pleasantly surprised the moment you first encounter it.
Best wishes,
Yunmin Zala, Director, Gallery BOM

Join Yunmin and Angela this Friday, September 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm for the exhibit's opening reception. If you can't make it, stop by the studio during business hours between September 1 and October 15! 

Business Hours: Wednesday-Saturday : 12-6, Sunday : 12-4.

460 Harrison Avenue, Suite B7, Boston, MA 02118

Musician Spotlight: All Types of Kinds

It goes without saying that All Types of Kinds (ATOK) plays all kinds of music. Frequenters of the SoWa Open Market "stage," these musicians constantly WOW their audience.  Whether it's 'Sitting By the Dock of the Bay' by Otis Redding, 'Lightning Bolt' by Jake Bugg, or an original tune, ATOK nails it. 

All Types of Kinds

The band came together three years ago when Billy met Ray at an open mic night in New York City. The two started busking and were soon joined by fellow band mates Berk and Rocco. Between the four of them, their talents include the harmonica, guitar, singing, percussion, and original songwriting. A crowd favorite, the band hopes to be touring full time within the year. 

They're on their way to accomplishing this dream by opening for Gil Parris, Grammy - nominated rock, blues, jazz, and pop guitarist, on October 14th at the Yorktown Stage in New York. We can't wait to see where this band goes in the coming years! 

All Types of Kinds

If you missed them this weekend at the SoWa Open Market, check our calendar to see what other amazing musicians we have coming this season. 

August Shot

SoWa Spotlight: Fountain Street Gallery

The SoWa Art + Design District extends a warm welcome to 460 Harrison Ave. newcomer, Fountain Street Gallery

Fountain Street Gallery first opened its doors in Framingham, MA in 2011 as a membership-based gallery. Co founders Cherie Clinton and Marie Craig began their journey as gallery owners with the mission of providing a venue for an ever-expanding community of artists and art-lovers in Boston's Metro-west suburbs. Over the years, Fountain Street Gallery gained a following and reputation as one of the strongest contemporary galleries outside of greater Boston. The entire SoWa community was thrilled when they made the move from suburb to city in April. 

... And the feeling is mutual. Craig commented, "We're really excited! Moving to SoWa was something we'd considered hypothetically for a while, and the situation with our building gave us the push we needed to take the leap. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to give our artists exposure in Boston's gallery row." 

Fountain Street Gallery wasted no time in preparing exhibits for its first couple months in SoWa. Currently on exhibit until August 27 is Yellow Too!, created by a group of Core artists and curated by Sorin Bica. Immediately following this on August 30 until September 3 the gallery will be hosting Making a Painting: The Blue Tarp Project, a pop-up installation and participatory art event by Joseph Fontinha. Fontinha will re-create his studio in the gallery, inviting visitors to observe and take part in the creation of photo and video paintings. 

Craig, Clinton, and the artists of Fountain Street look forward to the journey as they grow, evolve, and make waves in the Boston arts scene. Stop by at 460c Harrison Ave. #2, Boston, MA Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and by appointment.

SoWa Spotlight: Hannah Farm

It's not everyday that you find an organization like Hannah Farm. Conceived by two best friends, Jon and Anthony, Hannah Farm has succeeded in producing wholesome, nourishing, real food with a commitment to organic practices. 

Jon and Anthony's food journey began in Anthony's uncle's kitchen. It was their exposure to wholesome healthy food that inspired their fast-casual restaurant model, B.GOOD. Their B.GOOD restaurants source from local farmers and work to reconnect customers to the food on their plates, ultimately in the hopes of changing the fast food industry for good. 

Hannah Farm

Hannah Farm is B. GOOD's brain child in the form of a 1-acre sized lot. The farm is located on one of the Boston Harbor Islands and is only accessible by boat. In order to bring the farm into fruition, Jon and Anthony collaborated with The City of Boston, Green City Growers, and Camp Harbor View. Through their extensive collaboration the farm has become an instrument for feeding, teaching, and inspiring kids. Each day on the farm, twenty Camp Harbor View campers arrive to participate in Farm Club, an initiative started to get campers excited about healthy food practices. 

The farm has a variety of vegetables, 12 chickens, and a band of inspired workers. In addition to providing an affordable camp activity, the farm donates 75% of everything they grow. The produce goes to the island kitchen, Veggie Bags for the campers' families, and to several farm stands in the regional area. All proceeds made from farm stands go directly into the campers' college funds, on top of their hourly wage. 

During the remaining weekends of the Summer, five camper made "Leaders in Training" will market, design, and manage their own retail Farm Stand at local farmer's markets, like the SoWa Open Market! Leaders in Training learn customer service, accounting, and business skills empowering them to think and act like business owners. 

Jon and Anthony invite all interested parties to give back, collaborate, and get dirty at Hannah Farm! For more information on how to get involved please visit their website or come check them out at the SoWa Open Markets on August 5, August 6, and August 19!


SoWa Photo Competition Winner Announced!

After sifting through many impressive submissions, we are very excited to announce our SoWa Photo Competition Winner: Lisa P! Lisa can often be found with her camera and her 2 year old Berger Blanc Suisse pup, Ueli. While they are based in Cambridge, the pair is constantly traveling through the cities and wilderness of New England. On weekends, they frequent the SoWa Open Market, where Ueli indulges in the many dog treats our vendors have to offer. We are so happy that Lisa submitted this incredible photo featuring her pup and 2 Dogs Treats. Congratulations Ueli! 

Honorable Mentions go out to Miles Perry (SoWa vendor of Fiber and Water), Stefanie Gambino - Carter, and Susana Wilson-Hawken. Check out Miles' dog making a new friend, Stefanie's model perfecting the Hula Hoop, and Susana's unconventional cucumber! 

Miles Perry's dog makes a new puppy pal... Simply too cute. 

Miles Perry's dog makes a new puppy pal... Simply too cute. 

Stefanie catches this pro hula hooper in action. Check out our sweet SoWa sign in the background! 

Stefanie catches this pro hula hooper in action. Check out our sweet SoWa sign in the background! 

Susana uncovers a cucumber like no other. Nature is so wild! 

Susana uncovers a cucumber like no other. Nature is so wild! 

Thank you to all who participated - we look forward to seeing you this weekend at Oyster Oyster Fest, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm!