Arts Market in Downtown Crossing

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Local vendors sell original items summer Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Hunting for a unique graduation, birthday, or Father’s Day gift? Head over to the Downtown Boston Arts Market for an array of original handmade items, such as wood carvings, jewelry, and metal sculptures.

Starting at 11 am every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday through September 27, local vendors sell their goods in white tents lining Summer Street, just outside the Downtown Crossing T station.

The Downtown Boston Improvement District (BID), founded in 2011, sponsors the market. The private nonprofit BID consists of area property owners and businesses dedicated to making the 34 blocks it supports a safe, clean, and vibrant environment. During the last holiday season, BID also ran the Downton Boston Holiday Market on Washington Street.

Many vendors have unique stories, like Bostonian Christine Lott. While working for Goldman Sachs, Lott traveled to Tanzania and became determined to raise money for children’s education in the region. In 2013, she founded the Tanzania School Foundation, and she currently has a stand on Summer Street selling artwork brought back from that country.

Another seller is Fiber and Water, created by Maine-based artists Myles and April Perry, who make framable wall art with burlap. Their designs range from the Boston skyline to the Boston Red Sox.

Myles Perry with his art

Maine-based artist Myles Perry with his burlap art pieces.

Hungry after all your shopping? Check out one of Downtown Crossing’s many eateries, like Back Deck, the Chicken & Rice Guys, and Black Seed Cafe N’ Grill.

The Downtown Boston Arts Market is held on Summer Street every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 11 am to 6:30 pm, through September 27. Take an MBTA Red or Orange Line train to Downtown Crossing (the market is right outside) or a Green Line trolley to the Park Street.

Sophomore Nathan Lederman (COM) can be reached at [email protected].