Spring has Sprung and the Brick Street Market is in Full Bloom
Writer // Janelle Morrison Photography // Janelle Morrison
It’s finally time to come out of our hibernation and hit the bricks just in time for the 34th Annual Brick Street Market. Coming to the historic brick Main Street in downtown Zionsville on Saturday, May 11, the Brick Street Market, presented by the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, will host a variety of local and regional artists and vendors.
Last year’s market brought in over 100 exhibitors, and while expecting as many this year, market-goers can expect a few new faces with bright, colorful and interesting booths at the market. But they can also expect many of the same high-quality, juried vendors that have participated in past years.
This year’s artisan market will feature a designated kids’ area along with local favorite Silly Safaris and other fun-filled activities. This year’s live entertainment will be performed by local acoustic musicians, and as always, there will be local food trucks in addition to food vendors featuring crowd favorites from local restaurants.
The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Lin Moormann shared what makes Zionsville’s Brick Street Market unique and worth making an entire day out it with the family.
“We go through and look at each exhibitor’s application and make sure that their products are handcrafted by local artisans,” Moormann said. “By local, that also means the states that neighbor us as well. There is so much talent out there, and to have them bring that to us is pretty cool, especially right
before Mother’s Day. Not only is it an opportunity to get together and go out as a family for the day, but it’s a great place to shop for mom, and it’s a great place to just hang out.”
Moormann shared that some of the local restaurants and retailers will also have booths in the market to showcase their products and crowd-pleasers.
“It’s another way for the merchants who have brick and mortar stores to entice people to go into their stores and restaurants,” Moormann said. “Our hope is that they [market-goers] will see what Zionsville has to offer and revisit the town to shop and dine on another day.”
When asked what she thinks makes Zionsville’s Brick Street Market unique compared to other area markets, she replied, “I think we have the term ‘Village’ coined. It is definitely community-oriented. It’s large enough that you can spend a few hours here, but it’s not so large that it feels urban. I
think that is what makes it unique compared to a lot of other areas. Also, anyone from the surrounding areas can get to us within 20 minutes.”
This year’s market will be Moormann’s first as the Chamber’s executive director.
“I’m really excited for it to be my first time [as executive director],” she emphasized. “Brick Street Market was the event that put Zionsville on the radar for me way back when I first moved here about 18 years ago. I would come out with a group of friends to check it out. I had such a great time, and I think I fell in love with Zionsville then. It is my hope that will happen for other people who come out here for the first time too. ”
For more information on the Brick Street Market times and other pertinent information, visit zionsvillechamber.org.