A Beautiful Day at SoWa Open Market

Martinis and Masterpieces 2012

SoWa Open Market 2012 Begins!

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A Beautiful Day at SoWa Open Market

Every Sunday SoWa Open Market is flooded with customers and browsers, but yesterday’s fantastic weather made a big impact on the size of the crowd in attendance at the market. I was able to get a chance to walk around outside at the start of the market around 11:00 AM, and the food truck lines were already swamped with customers. Boston residents and tourists came out with their families and pets, creating a wonderful, festive environment for all walks of life.

Mohr & McPherson has been looking for new jewelry consigners, and as I was perusing around the market I was allowed the pleasure of speaking with some potential candidates. I found that the level of talent at SoWa is unbeatable. Not only the jewelry designers of course, but clothing designers, painters, chefs, etc. Both young and old, new and experienced, every vendor at the market has something fresh, unique, and desirable to offer.

Each piece of work that is found at SoWa Open Market has its own distinct character, and many of the products offered for sale are eco-friendly. I stumbled upon a wonderful Maine based clothing company called Luksin Designs, made by hand completely from organic cotton. Bark Décor, another vendor at SoWa Open Market is a company that prides itself on creating earth friendly products that feature hand drawn designs on apparel, accessories, jewelry, and home décor.

I was astounded at the amount of color that was showcased at SoWa, particularly those used by painter Tracy Levesque. Levesque is a Massachusetts native, one that paints the most vibrant landscape, botanical, and portrait art I have ever seen. Her work can be found at many venues around the New England area. Color also attracted me to the farmers market where Mohr & McPherson gets their flower bouquets on Sundays.

Although I was drawn towards so many extraordinary products at the market, the only thing I was able to purchase was a chickpea fritter from Clover Food Truck. The Mohr & McPherson café was swarming with customers, so I decided to get outside and check out what the food truck business has to offer. I have not experienced a taste so fresh and delectable in a while, as Clover’s chickpea fritter was choc full of fresh vegetables, tahini dressing, hummus, and warm, crispy falafel. Props to Clover for maintaining a wonderful vegetarian and eco-friendly business, one that is not only nutritious, but incredibly delicious.

SoWa Open Market brought so many people to the beautiful South End of Boston yesterday, and Mohr & McPherson was happy to welcome them. We recently received a new container from Indonesia and it has brought us so many fabulous pieces. We were so excited to show them off to yesterday’s crowd. If you get the chance to experience SoWa Open Market next Sunday, make sure to come inside and check out our fashionable and practical new merchandize.

 

 

Martinis and Masterpieces 2012

Yesterday evening Mohr & McPherson kicked off the summer with Greater Boston Arts and Business Council’s ‘Martinis and Masterpieces,’ an event in support and celebration of Boston’s creative economy. With over 300 Boston residents, business owners, artists, and more in attendance, Mohr & McPherson boasted a stunning collection of local artwork up for a silent auction in the gallery across the way from our showroom. In conjunction with the artwork, gift packages were also auctioned off in the silent auction and Mohr & McPherson’s grandiose assortment of global furnishings were ready for purchase. Although the weather wasn’t what we had hoped for, the event ran extremely smoothly thanks to the atmosphere, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music by Zumix Jazz Allstars, and wonderful company.

The event began with an art walk along Thayer Street, which included guided gallery tours of many of the galleries on Thayer Street and Harrison Avenue. The local gallery owners provided their best service, as they informed the event attendees of the wonders of our exquisite South End. Following the art walk, the employees of Mohr & McPherson and the members of Greater Boston Arts and Business Council invited the guests inside to see our one-of-a-kind showroom, have a cocktail and eat some delicious, local, gourmet food by Chef Anthony Ambrose. Braised chicken with tomato base served over cilantro couscous and creamy risotto with pulled pork topping were only two of the many incredible food offerings at ‘Martinis and Masterpieces.’ In the drink realm, a concoction of grapefruit and cranberry juices, club soda, vodka, and lime was the signature cocktail of the night. Food and spirits were also found in a covered outdoor area outside of our showroom. Guests were invited to explore both the inside and outside of the Mohr & McPherson property and the Thayer Street Galleries. While doing so, they were given the opportunity to learn more about the art market and community, while they enjoyed great service, ambiance, and hundreds of conversation pieces both in the showroom as well as in the auction gallery.

Soon after the evening festivities began, the Greater Boston Arts and Business Council put forth an award ceremony in the center of the Mohr & McPherson showroom. The ceremony recognized several contributors to the development of Boston’s South End and arts community. This event would not have been possible had it not been for renowned architect Mario Nicosia, owner of Boston’s GTI properties. Nicosia is responsible for renovating much of the South End, and making it the hip neighborhood that it is today. Last night he received an award for all of his wonderful work in restoring the SoWa neighborhood. Similarly, two other awards were given out for making a large contribution to the success of the Greater Boston Arts and Business Council. Our very own proprietor Kevin McPherson had the pleasure of presenting the awards to the humble awardees responsible for keeping Boston’s arts community alive.

Boston has the highest arts and cultural organizations per capita than any other metropolitan area in the country. Therefore, the work of Greater Boston Arts and Business Council is vital to sustaining and growing the arts sector of the economy. Thanks to ‘Martini’s and Masterpieces’ and many other events benefiting the Boston arts community, the Arts and Business Council keeps the Boston art community thriving. As we saw and heard last night during the award ceremony, “The mission of the Arts & Business Council is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts.” Many community art events could not function without the help of Greater Boston Arts and Business Council, and that is a thing to be celebrated as we did last night at ‘Martinis and Masterpieces’ right here in the Mohr & McPherson showroom.

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SoWa Open Market 2012 Begins!

SoWa Open Market occurs every Sunday in Boston’s South End, directly adjacent to the Mohr & McPherson showroom. The market made its 9th season debut on May 6th, bringing hundreds of new patrons to the South End. SoWa prides itself on being Boston’s original art and indie design market, one that provides a unique shopping experience for Boston residents and tourists. SoWa Open Market is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon as it offers a multitude of activities, most importantly browsing through the one of a kind art, jewelry, clothing, accessories, ceramics, and much more! In addition to the handcrafted materials for sale, a more recent supplement to the market is Boston’s growing food truck business. SoWa Open Market hosts a rotating group of food trucks every Sunday, those including Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Frozen Hoagies, BBQ Smith, LOBSTA LOVE, and Kickass Cupcakes. Grab a grilled cheese and an ice cream and browse through the amazing products that SoWa has to offer.

Along with the mouth-watering tastes that the food trucks bestow at SoWa, is the plethora of freshly and locally grown produce and specialty products hand picked from the New England area. The items sold at the farmer’s market not only contribute to local farmers; they contribute to helping develop more prosperous neighborhoods in the city of Boston. The Farmers Market offers local fresh produce, plants, baked goods, organic coffee, and specialty foods. From plump heirloom tomatoes to freshly baked cinnamon raisin bread, The SoWa Farmer’s market can supply everything you need for a perfect summer meal.

Every week SoWa puts forward something different, an experience worth making the trip in which you can meet the artists, farmers, designers, and chefs behind the beautiful work that is showcased in Boston’s South End. SoWa works to have a variety of products with little or no duplication, making the market inimitable, only SoWa’s chosen combination of items can be found at the Open Market! With the sun shining, a good group of people, a pet friendly atmosphere, all within a hip neighborhood, no Sunday activity in Boston can beat the SoWa experience. As Always, don’t forget to come check out the selection of global furnishings, art, rugs, and accessories in the Mohr & McPherson showroom!