Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown hopes to become 'destination spot' with food, music and art
The Sunday Artisan Market in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown is reopening Sunday for its 21st season with new events and vendors.
At the market’s season reopening on Sunday, there is a “Spring into Spring” event from 12 to 2 p.m. where kids can decorate a pot and plant a seed.
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The open-air market, located at 315 Detroit Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through December. The market has room for 144 vendors to sell handmade products.
The goal this year, said market manager Khadijah Kolleck: “Make the market a whole experience.”
Along with the artists who sell items ranging from paintings to candles and knitted scarves, Kolleck said she wants to bring in more food vendors this year and host weekly music events.
“The more than it looks like something is going on, I feel that’s going to be an effective way to get more people to come check it out and possibly buy something,” she said.
She added: “It’s such a good feeling to get a cup of coffee, walk through the market, hear some music and talk to some people. I want to make it an environment and a destination spot.”
To be a vendor at the Sunday Artisan Market, the artist has to be present at the market and only sell handmade products. Vendors can pay a $15 daily fee or a $215 annual fee for a space at the market.
Kolleck said there is a core group of vendors who have come to the market since its launch in 1991, but said there is always a wide range of different artists every Sunday. She said most vendors live in Washtenaw County.
“It’s not just fine artists,” she said. “It’s basically someone who has really honed a craft. There’s quite a range of ages, which is another great thing.”
Although Kolleck said the Sunday Artisan Market already has “great support” from people—particularly in light of the “Think Local” movement—she wants to draw more people to Detroit Street on Sundays.
She said she’s working on getting additional food vendors to apply and plans to have weekly live music, such as blues and jazz bands.
“If we can get a mix of music, food and art, then we can get a good group of people here,” she said.