Artisans Take Advantage of Outdoor Pop-up Venue in Somerville

Six days a week customers pick up their mail and drop off packages at the US Post Office, often having to wait for one of the few parking spaces in front of the building on Division Street, an architectural gem that was built in the 1930s under the Work Progress Administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

There’s usually little activity or traffic in front of the building on Sundays, but this Sunday was different.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance transformed the space into a tightly-packed Artisan Craft Fair, with 22 canopies, 11 on each side of te street for vendors selling a variety of pottery, jewelry, clothing, candles, original art, pocketbooks and other handmade goods.

A steady stream of browsers, many who became customers, kept the vendors busy from noon until 6 p.m.

Normally, the craft fair would have been held on the Division Street pedestrian mall adjacent to the post office, but restaurants have taken over the outdoor space to serve diners in response to COVID-19 regulations, according to Natalie Pineiro, DSA executive director.

The Broadcasters, a classic rock cover band provided the entertainment, followed by the Tyrone Stackhouse Project.
October 12, 2020


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