Weekends in Savannah's SoFo neighborhood (south of Forsyth Park) have long served as a premier setting for local merchandise and eccentric finds - thanks in no small part to bustling antique businesses, yard sales on nearly every corner and the communal charm of the city's beloved Forsyth Farmers Market.
But on Sept. 14, the open market community expands even more with the first Savannah Bazaar at Southern Pine Company.
Just as the Savannah Farmers Market begins packing up its fresh goods for the day, shoppers hungry for a different type of local produce can make their way to Savannah Bazaar for a debut of local vendors featuring fine art, handmade jewelry, soaps, candles and more.
Spearheaded by Lauren Schwind, a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah Bazaar aims to strengthen the bond between the community and the arts with a conscientious platform that embraces artists from all creative avenues.
What started as a call for artists to be showcased at a party soon grew into its own venture, with Schwind taking the reins.
"It was all kind of serendipitous," Schwind said of the bazaar's development.
But seeking out Southern Pine Company as the venue was a no-brainer.
Ramsey Kahlidi oversees the spacious structure at 616 E. 35th St.
His company, RK Construction, operates in the site's Star Laundry building and salvages materials so they can be repurposed for new projects.
The Sept. 14 event aims to support this cause, with a portion of vendor fees benefiting Emergent Structures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sustainability of reclaimed materials.
"So it's going straight back into the community itself," Schwind said.
Among the 20 or so vendors participating in the bazaar's inaugural kickoff, Scwhind says guests can also expect a full day of music from artists such as fusion guitar player Xuluprophet and psychedelic-rock ensemble Omingnome.
With the rapid success of events like Desotorow Gallery's First Friday Art March series, locals have shown an increased interest in more creative outlets.
The bazaar aims to further that demand for eclectic art by collaborating with unique artists, such as the creators behind newly launched T-shirt line 13 Bricks, among the first vendors to christen the event.
Other vendors include Humble Love, a group that creates vegan and all-natural products, and Rasa-Lila Healing, which offers words of wisdom, healing sessions and astrological readings.
Looking ahead, Schwind said she hopes to make the bazaar a staple in Savannah - once a month for now, but eventually weekly.
With an outpouring of help and interested vendors, the bazaar could be on its way to becoming a regular event flowing into the heart of Savannah's market community.
"It's been one of those things that people want to get behind and work on because it's something that is for the benefit of everyone," she said. "If this is successful, then everyone else gets that success, as well."
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