Excelsior Action Group Organizes 2nd Excelsior Community Market Preview Day
(San Francisco – October 10, 2013) On September 29, the Excelsior Action Group hosted the first preview event of the Excelsior Community Market which occurred in conjunction with the Excelsior Festival and Sunday Streets. The Excelsior Community Market (ECM) provides a centralized place where residents, entrepreneurs, and people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, making a range of activities and affordable amenities easily accessible right in the heart of the Excelsior's Persia Triangle. The first ECM preview day attracted over 500 attendees, showcasing a sample set of vendors and offering a variety of fun children's activities.
The next ECM preview day will occur this Sunday, October 13 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Bank of America parking lot, 15 Ocean Avenue. The market will feature additional vendors like local business Excelsior Yoga, free performances by local bands including SF Jam Station and Beauty Operator, a vegetable, pumpkin and seed giveaway in partnership with the Garden Project, and a free raffle. The market will also include even more children's activities this week including hula hooping, a rainbow art screen, jewelry making, free balloons, and Excelsior temporary tattoos. There may even be surprise guest appearances from the Excelsior Smurf and Mickey Mouse! Excelsior Festival t-shirts will be available at the event, in case you missed your opportunity to buy one during the Festival.
The idea of the Excelsior Community Market arose from the confluence of several projects that the Excelsior Action Group has been spearheading over the years. First, the Excelsior Art & Music Festival that has occurred annually at the Persia Triangle for over a decade demonstrated how a market could be a valuable platform for community-building in Excelsior’s diverse neighborhood. Second, the results of a Business Attraction Needs Assessment conducted by the Excelsior Action Group last year exhibited the need for temporary space to be created for business types not currently available in the Excelsior Commercial Corridor, such as bike repair, family activities, and a plant nursery. In addition, the market provides a local space for fostering entrepreneurship and skills-building among residents in Excelsior. Lastly, the Excelsior Action Group has been working with a broad coalition of community organizations and local city agencies to activate, beautify, and make safer the heart of the Excelsior at the Persia Triangle. A seed grant from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Invest in Neighborhoods program has enabled the preview season of the ECM to flourish, creating a fun and immediate solution to meet all of these needs.
Join us at the 2nd Excelsior Community Market preview day!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
15 Ocean Avenue (parking lot), San Francisco, CA 94112