Best Pop-Up Market: ArtAche

Walking through the doors of Chop Suey for ArtAche on the first Sunday of the month guarantees discovery. Delicate feather hair accessories, heavy chain-mail opera necklaces, and dangly earrings adorned with glittering gold teeth are just a small sampling of the handmade items available for purchase. The artists are close by, happy to answer questions or engage in witty banter. On the dance floor, a local rock star sells her collection of vintage finds; meanwhile, a live band plays onstage and a select group of shoppers get down to the tunes with unabashed enthusiasm. Celebrating its second anniversary on September 8, the ArtAche Market has been a success since it first popped up at Vermillion back in 2011, a success due in large part to the keen eye and wisdom of the market’s curator, Marz Martinez. She’s a fortune teller—one of those rare individuals who knows what people want before they want it. Whether she’s booking bands for her No Sleep collective or selecting vendors for ArtAche, her eye for trailblazing talent is incomparable. For ArtAche, Martinez draws from both of these worlds, creating a shoppable party atmosphere that simultaneously supports local artists and offers a rare and thrilling way to explore.

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