Woodlawn Street Market is rolling out its first in-person market of the year on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The team behind the community event has mapped out a COVID-19 safety plan for tent set-up as well as foot traffic flow to ensure all vendors and visitors stay safely spaced. Masks will be required for everyone, and team members are assigned to check for compliance at each entrance as well as throughout the market.
As the previously planned markets were canceled because of COVID-19, the WSM team turned their attention to coordinating a new virtual market that launched in June. Both new and long-time vendors that offer online shopping options will continue to be featured at woodlawnstreetmarket.com. Online vendors are added monthly.
A product of the partnership between REV Birmingham and Woodlawn Business Association, the market usually takes place on 55th Place in downtown Woodlawn every other month beginning in April. Since 2014, more than 500 Birmingham entrepreneurs have used this business-proving opportunity to start small, test strategies, and perfect their models in response to real customer feedback.
“We’ve really missed seeing the streets full-on market days, but everyone’s safety is our priority,” said Woodlawn Street Market co-founder and organizer Rebekah Fox. “During quarantine we worked on taking the market virtual, pushing opportunities out to our contacts and doing a lot of morale-boosting.”
“Following safety guidelines and working with community partners, we feel we can finally offer a safe, outdoor experience this month. This in-person market will operate differently than our past markets but we are always thankful to showcase Woodlawn and share with visitors so many entrepreneurs that make Birmingham unique.”
Shoppers can browse local makers as well as a few brick-and-mortar Woodlawn businesses that line the physical market space at woodlawnstreetmarket.com. Follow Woodlawn Street Market on Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout and between market seasons.
To make things easier and safer, there will be one-way foot traffic lanes on 55th Place. See the map below:
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