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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!

Alex's Ugly Sauce

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 Vendor Spotlight: Speakeasy Travel Supply Co

It's officially summer which means one thing: VACATION!  And where better to stock up your carry-on and luggage than at the SoWa Open Market?

The lovely couple (and dog Chachy) behind , Speakeasy Travel Supply Co will change the way you travel forever.  And they should know, believe it or not, Beth and Randy were travel-bloggers before creating these fantastic travel accessories.  And it was that "day job" that lead them to create the Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Travel Scarves.  What's a hidden pocket scarf you ask? Well remember the last time you were abroad, you weren't sure whether to leave your passport and extra travel cash in the hotel safe or perhaps stick it somewhere in your purse?  Well with these scarves, the hidden pocket provides you a safe place to tuck your valuables no matter where you are in the world.

Beth says she was on the road when a light bulb went off, "I wished my scarf had a secret pocket in it. I could stash my important items in there and no one would ever know.... the perfect travel item"!

Since then, they've been featured on Buzzfeed, Mashable, Hello Giggles, Conde Nast, CNN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Airfare Watchdog, Eagle Creek, Smarter Travel and so much more.  Being travelers themselves, the trio know exactly what it's like to be on the road, on a boat, or in the jungle and say quality and love goes into each hand-made scarf. The pocket is truly hidden and accessible only by a zipper. Our zippers stay closed until they are opened so you will never have to worry about anything falling out. The pockets are also double stitched or serged for extra strength and are appx 9"x9". They fit a variety of items  from passports, phones, wallets, sunglasses, memory cards, camera filters, chapstick, money, maps, keys and notebooks making them perfect for your days sightseeing, nights out in the city or any time you need to keep your items safe, secure and easily accessible while you still look fantastic. They are also large enough to fit a flask in them - I call this the Prohibition Scarf - a scarf your grandparents would've loved. You might like it for sneaking items into festivals or other events.  

So really the only question left is, where will your Speakeasy Travel Scarf take you?

When they're here: July 24, September 18, October 9, October 23

Find them on Instagram and Facebook

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Mayur Naturals

 When one thinks "SoWa Market", beauty essentials probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.  But for one D-I-Y-er turned business woman, beauty essentials are exactly what she's been providing the lovely city of Boston.

Mayur Naturals was founded on the principles of inner beauty.  In fact, 'Mayur' is the Sanskrit word for peacock, a bird that reminds us all of a hidden beauty just waiting to surface.  And in that spirit, Mayur Naturals strives to provide magnificent beauty products exemplifying one's true colors.

Their products are handmade in small batches, using high quality fresh ingredients without chemicals or added preservatives.  Mayur likes to keep things simple with wonderful scrubs, lotions, oils and skin serums.

So whether you've got dry skin on your toes, a bit of a dandruff issue, or just want to be baby-smooth all over, Mayur Naturals will customize to your needs.

When they're here: Every Sunday

 

 

 

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: LOVE POP

I'm sure you've seen these quirky origami-like cards around New England, but a Lovepop is more than just a greeting card, it's some serious love in an envelope.

The intricate 3D paper sculptures are designed by naval engineers on cutting edge software and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form of slice form kirigami. Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday, if you’re saying thanks (for not mentioning that thing that happened in Vegas) or celebrating (a co-worker’s compulsive love of cats), they’ve got you covered.

Lovepop founders Wombi Rose and John Wise became best friends at Webb Institute training to become naval architects. After school, the duo traveled to Vietnam where they discovered incredible hand-crafted paper cards. They headed back to Boston and put the cards in the hands of friends, family, and strangers--and watched. That moment when someone opened a card and saw the paper sculpture revealed for the first time became their obsession, and Lovepop was born.

The two launched Lovepop out out of the Harvard Innovation Lab in late 2014. Since then, they were named to the 2015 Techstars class, nominated for 50 on Fire by BostInno, gained the confidence of professional investors, and have been featured on The View, Shark Tank, Good Morning America and more!

When they’re here: Every Sunday!

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Red & Wolf

Red + Wolf isn't just your average stationary vendor here at SoWa Boston.  The eco-friendly greeting cards do more than put a smile on their receiver's face, they help raise money and awareness to the beautiful endangered species that grace each card and print bought.  Whether you're more of a Rhino or just plain "Turtley" awesome, Red + Wolf has a design for you. 

Behind these amazing watercolor illustrations is Rachael and her trusty German Shepherd rescue, Chaco.  Rachael says her inspiration for the company are these incredible endangered species as well as the dying 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 goes to The Wildlife Conservation Network.

Find them online, on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy!

When they're here: June 26, July 31, & August 21!

The Mighty Lioness is Back on Thayer Street!

The Mighty Lioness is back! This time she resides on Thayer Street, standing tall and fabulous!

The Boss Lady, or “The Monument to the First Female President of the USA” as she is officially entitled, is 13 feet tall and weighs more than a ton. Donna Dodson sculpted the her in 2014 from a single log of poplar courtesy of Lessard and Sons in Hampton NH.

According to the Artist, this monument is for the dream that every girl can become President of the United States of America and is also Dodson’s homage to the great American Sculptor, Daniel Chester French, creator of the Lincoln Monument in Washington DC. We first exhibited her in Sowa in the 500 Courtyard in 2014 before it traveled to Chesterwood with the Boston Sculptors Gallery, the historic home of Daniel Chester French.

The Lioness joins 22+ new Galleries and Boutiques that recently joined the other shops and Galleries along Thayer to make for a total of over 60 Galleries and shops in addition to the 70+ Artists Studios at 450 Harrison.

Donna Dodson and Boston Sculptors Gallery

Donna Dodson is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, located at 486 Harrison Ave. Her artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.

Dodson has been using wood as a medium for nearly 20 years, exploring femininity, humor, grace, as well as power through beauty and emotional strength.  Her unique vision reflects the relationship between humanity and an animal spirit that has existed since ancient artwork and cave-paintings.

“Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.”