Welcome to Diverse Markets Management


Diverse Markets Management (DMM), LLC is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Principals in the firm are experienced leaders in specialty vending and in managing relations with this unique group of small business entrepreneurs. Members of the DMM team have an experienced and successful history of working together on markets, especially at historic Eastern Market. Key attributes of the team include the manager of The Flea Market at Eastern Market (FMEM), decades of business activity as exhibitors and managers, as well as long working relationships with other stakeholders of the Market. Because our team has actual investments and livelihoods based on vending and deep roots in the city, we have a particularly personal commitment to a market's success. We are strongly dedicated to developing and maintaining a financially sustainable market while enhancing the ongoing integration of a market into the community.



Announcing the 2020 Downtown Holiday Market

 

In these times of uncertainty, anguish, and anxiety, we can still look ahead to a bright and joyous occasion for our year end recovery.  With those thoughts in mind, we are exceedingly pleased to announce the 2020 Downtown Holiday Market! Exhibitor applications are now openCelebrating its sixteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.  This year the Downtown Holiday Market (DHM) will operate for 30 days and will have 5 weekend dates, opening on Friday, November 20, it will run continuously (closed Nov 26, Thanksgiving Day, Mondays, Nov 30, Dec 7 and Dec 14 ) through Wednesday, December 23.  Hours will be from Noon to 8 p.m. each day.

The market is held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood in DowntownDC with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop.  However, this year the festival will be held on a closed F Street, stretching from 7th to 9th Streets NW. Thus, in addition to having ample space to accommodate vendors and customers, we would be able to abide by the strict guidelines and protocols to operate safely during the pandemic. All precautions and regulations will be followed, and we will be hyper vigilant concerning everyone’s safety. Both ends of the market are within view of entrances to the Gallery Place Metro. Adjacent to the market are the Hotel Monaco, the Capital One Arena and the 7th Street Gallery Place corridor with many upscale restaurants.

Although DHM has experienced tremendous growth in stature, sales numbers and customer attendance, this year will undoubtably be different due to the pandemic. Our previous strengths in foot traffic are presumably lacking; reduced office workers, limited sports and no sport fans, half empty hotels, and few tourists. However, we have been running outdoor markets since April and we have seen them work.  Folks come to support, they behave properly, and they are grateful for the market operation. I fully expect city residents and regional communities will come to shop for the holidays, now more than ever, to support small businesses and shop in a festive atmosphere, which is outside, a safer environment that indoors, as well as the only festival event in DC permitted to occur. The City, its downtown business core and many area stakeholders and promoters are working hard to make us a draw and leading holiday event in the area.  Additionally, DHM will be promoted by media partners and a considerable PR campaign.

The event continues to be a juried, high-quality crafts and gift market featuring a diverse display from exhibitors of many types of merchandise, as well as prepared food and beverage vendors.  The Market will accommodate 60 exhibitors in 2 segments of participation. 

Participation will be limited to 3 options: 

The first half of the event (15 days, Friday Nov 20 – Sunday Dec 6)  $3000

The second half of the event (15 days, Tuesday Dec 8 -Wednesday Dec 23)  $6000

All dates.  (30 days, with 4 days closed and advance set up days)  $9000

Creation of an exceptional booth design to enhance appeal as a “storefront” business will be required.   However, due to Covid regulations, we do not recommend an over ambundance of products.  Customers should be limited in touching all merchandise until after they have purchased. Items that customers are allowed to touch should be cleaned or rotated frequently. Exhibitors are encouraged to limit their items, pre-package, and pre-price as many items as possible to help the customer choose and purchase more efficiently. As always, all exhibitors benefit from excellent amenities: 10x10' space sheltered under high peak tent structures with raised ground covering, walls and closable front. There will additionally be side walls for your and your neighbors protection. Electricity is provided to accommodate additional display lighting. A loading area is available at the curbside of the Market.  Off-site parking is included in the space fee. 

All exhibitors wishing to participate must complete the online application and pay a $60 application fee.  A jury will review applications, images of products and booth display. Upon notification of acceptance, the space fee will be due.

  • Application Deadline:     Saturday, August 23, midnight.
  • Acceptance Response:  September 1-7.
  • Deposit Fee Due:          September14  

 

 

 

We look forward to your participation and a very profitable holiday season! 

 

 


For more information or to register for this event, click here.


MarketSW at Waterfront Station

 

Market SW regrets to announce that it will delay its opening due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

As we join the many businesses in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, this is an incomparable moment for small business owners, artists, creatives, and all of those affected by the mandated quarantines across the world. This harrowing experience is a global issue creating surreal and desperate impacts on the local level. Until the ban on congregating in public is lifted, we cannot offer an opening date for the market. We are paying close attention to  developments, and the related public health measures being enforced by the DC Government, and will make any announcements regarding the market here, through our newsletter and social media.  Please subscribe if you have not already.


MarketSW, at Waterfront Station in SW DC is a night arts market that runs  from 4-10pm on alternate Fridays of the month beginning on May 1 and continuing every other Friday through October 30, 2020.

Situated on the Lot at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW will be located among Waterfront Station Metro, Safeway, the popular restaurants Station 4 and All About Burger, and Arena Stage. There is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and the thriving Southwest neighborhood. The market is a production of DMM supported by Waterfront Station and the Southwest Business Improvement District.

Southwest DC, boasts excellent demographics. 17,000 people live in the immediate Waterfront Station area with an average household income of $51,611. The neighborhood is well known for its proximity to the Washington Channel, Fort McNair, and the national headquarters of more than two dozen federal agencies. Most residents in SW are highly educated long-term condo and coop owners with senior positions in government and District agencies.

A diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty, vintage and antique furniture, furnishings, accessories and collectibles, as well as other local and handcrafted products are desired.  As an additional draw, live-music and select food trucks will be part of the programming mix. 

Convenient loading and free adjacent parking for the market and an affordable $50 space fee are among the market’s considerable amenities.

 


For more information or to register for this event, click here.


Farmers Market SW

 

Farmers Market SW is now accepting applications from quality food and farm businesses for the weekly Saturday market in SW DC. Opening April 18 and running every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM through November 7, the market offers baked goods, coffee, jams/jellies, prepared foods, pasture-raised meats & eggs, and locally grown fresh produce. 

Now entering its sixth market season, its fourth by DMM, the market attracts hundreds of weekly shoppers from the surrounding community and also features live music, performances, lawn games, childrens activity and more.  The rapidly growing area, including the Wharf, newly completed apartment buildings, and new area amenities over the past year are adding critical density -- and the market has grown significantly with new resources and new partnerships. It's a nice neighborhood market that attracts families, young professionals and home-owning seniors in the area. The market also goes above and beyond to offer support to low-income shoppers through various voucher programs and federal nutrition assistance.


For more information or to register for this event, click here.


The Flea Market at Eastern Market

 

The Flea Market at Eastern Market opens its Sunday operations on June 28, 2020 in limited activity due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Applications are not currently being accepted. As we move in to a more robust operation we may allow new applicants and occasional exhibitors to apply.

 

Every Sunday, Year 'Round

THE FLEA MARKET AT EASTERN MARKET in Washington, DC, operates EVERY SUNDAY.  In 2020 we continue for OUR 37th SEASON.

The flea market is located along 7th Street SE from Pennsylvania Avenues SE, and on the new C Street Plaza, ON CAPITOL HILL.  The Eastern Market Metro Station (Orange/Blue Lines) is at 7th & Pennsylvania.  The location is enhanced by a fine urban neighborhood.  It is A FUN PLACE TO SELL.

Information and Application at: EasternMarket.net