Main Street Pops, a pop-up event programming company that has been “activating” Hoboken all month with pop up happenings throughout December, has turned the former Santander bank space at 86 River street into a Holiday Food & Artisan Marketplace on Tuesdays with something for everyone.
The Main Street Pops team has received much support from the community, including local property and business owners, who believe that anything that helps drive people out of their homes and shopping in town is good for all. In fact, Joe Castelo, who owns the space they are currently in, offered fresh bread, olive oil and coffee from his Antique Bar & Bakery at the market.
Shoppers recognized local offerings such as farm-raised meats and produce from Bone-In Foods, fresh seafood from Jersey City Fish Stand, Vegetarian/Vegan eats from JC restaurant Salt + Seed and fresh juices from Simply Juiced.
The market featured indulgences like cake pops and other sweets from Sugar Suckle, Aussie treats from Boomerang Bites, a huge selection of gluten free and other baked goods from Meredith’s Bread all the way from Kingston, NY and award-winning artisan collections from Luxx Chocolat.
Market-goers sampled the artisanal flavors of Om Champagne Tea kombucha, Forward Roots kimchi sauces, and healthy homemade comfort food from Vegan Meatballin’ and Spoon Me Soups as well.
Lots of gifts and local maker items have also been for sale like adorable children’s clothing from Pixie Lane, handmade shoes from Brooklyn Shoe Company, flower arrangements and handmade ceramics from Christina Andersen Floral Design, fun hats and scarves from Excessorizes, tea towels and wine totes from Electric D Creations, and women’s clothing from barre to bar from Fashion Barre.
Some splurges were even guilt-free, as Beloved Bath artisanal soaps, candles and bath products supports vocational programs for people with autism and ME & EM For Good donates money from each jewelry purchase to fight Pediatric Cancers with a direct match from Eli Manning.
The Main Street Pops team said markets have been steadily growing in vendors and attendance each week , causing them to extend their hours this past week to 3-8pm due to popular demand.
Main Street Pops plans to continue these markets in 2020 as well as other pop-up events and is always on the look-out for unused spaces to activate. Their mission is to create engaging ways to bring our community together, and they are off to a great start.