November 15, 2013
Franklin Flea Indoor Market To Open This Saturday, November 16 In The Former Home Of Strawbridge & Clothier At The Gallery At Market East
Hold on to your doilies. The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea indoor market opens Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m.
Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the market will pop up in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, currently managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).
Following the grand opening, the market will run every Saturday for the following six weeks through Saturday, December 21, with a bonus market scheduled for Friday, December 20.
On the heels of the October closing of the summertime Brooklyn Flea at The Piazza at Schmidt’s, market organizer Mark Vevle takes a more Philly focused approach with the new Franklin Flea, which is named, of course, after Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.
At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of local vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food.
Though vendors will rotate throughout the run of the market — ensuring the selection of goods always feels fresh — a few highlights to look forward to include mid-century modern furniture by At Home Modern, salvage furnishings by Scout Salvage, vintage knickknacks and clothing by Hoof & Antler, jewelry by Three Parts Charm and handmade leather shoes by Souli & Souli.
And it wouldn’t be a proper flea market without epicurean goods and snacks. Franklin Flea expects anywhere from five to 10 food vendors on any given week.
On opening day, look for inventive sandwiches from Hello Home Shoppe, porchetta sandwiches from Merlino’s Pig Roast, lobster, crab and shrimp rolls from Luke’s Lobster, baked goods from Milk+Sugar, and awesome coffee from Elixr Coffee.
Note that vendors aren’t required to commit to sell for the entire run of the market, so the lineup rolling out the first week of the Franklin Flea will not be mimicked throughout its six weeks.
Adding to the festival-feeling market, live music keeps patrons grooving. On opening day from noon to 3 p.m., hear tunes inspired by the music of Brazil from Ensemble Novo, a group led by bestselling author and former Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Tom Moon.
For updates throughout the six-week run, check with Franklin Flea online.
Now, to market we go!
When: November 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14, 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, December 20, noon-7 p.m.
Where: 801 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.franklinflea.com