Treasures abound at the Charleston City Market, one of the nation's oldest public markets. The sprawling four-block retail venue, which dates to 1804 and currently houses more than 140 permanent merchants, is the epicenter of handcrafted products and reproduction items with local provenance.
Visitors to the Historic Charleston City Market will notice a unique square ceramic tiles proudly displayed by a variety of vendors throughout the four buildings. The tile, which bears the words "Certified Authentic: Handmade in Charleston" signifies that a product is 100% fabricated in the Charleston area.
Mayor Tecklenburg to Honor Local Artisans at the Charleston City Market
Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Local Vendors to be recognized for their Handcrafted Products
Charleston, SC --- The Charleston City Market has implemented an award program to recognize vendors who produce locally handcrafted products. On Thursday, June 30TH at 7 PM, Mayor Tecklenburg will host an Awards Ceremony in the Anson Square area of the Historic City Market that will recognize vendors whose products are 100% handcrafted in Charleston, SC. Each honoree will receive a ceramic tile with the City Market seal to display in their booth alerting shoppers that they sell certified local products. The goal of the program is to recognize and support local artisans and bring awareness to the uniqueness of their craft.
Adam Fetsch; Rewined Candles, “I think the award program is going to give local businesses an opportunity to stand out in the City Market. The City Market is a great place for entrepreneurs to get started; it puts you and your products in front of thousands of people every day.”
The Charleston City Market continues to strengthen and develop the local art culture and small businessman through the Night Market which is held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and special Thursday Nights, from 6:30 pm-10:30 pm. With these programs they hope to encourage both tourists and locals alike to embrace and support our local artisans.
The Night Market began as a Hand Crafted only market 3 years ago and now has over 100 various artists represented. This dynamic and diverse group has become an integral part of the Charleston City Market. The Night Market is located between Church Street and East Bay Street, each Friday & Saturday night, from March - December. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Night Market provides the opportunity to discover unique, local and handcrafted items, and is one of the largest and most diverse Artisan markets stretching 3 blocks! Join us each weekend with live music, exciting artists and a whole lot of Charleston. It’s not just a market, it’s an experience.
Mayor Tecklenburg is also scheduled to play a few tunes for the honorees.
On July 19, 2013, Charleston's Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. awarded 69 artisans and 47 sweetgrass basket weavers with a Certified Authentic: Handmade in Charleston tile saying, "I want you all to know how proud I am of you and your hard work and your contribution to this city."
One of the recipients was Leola Wright, who has been weaving sweetgrass baskets for 52 years. Wright's mother made sweetgrass baskets as a means to support her nine children. Wright inherited the skill and, in turn, taught all six of her kids to weave sweetgrass in order to pass the artform to another generation.
"It's great to see how the city cares about the art and the people who do it," said Wright upon receipt of her Certified Authentic designation.
Other recipients included Ase and Stu Zablow, whose Southern Sisters line of benne wafers—authentic Charleston cookies that date back to the antebellum era—have been a staple at the Historic Charleston City Market since 1987.
LOOK FOR THIS: The green and cream-colored tile that reads "Certified Authentic: Handmade in Charleston" signifies that a product is 100% fabricated in the Charleston area.
" I want you all to know how proud I am of you and your hard work and your contribution to this City." — Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
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