Summer Markets are Back
Pure Markets’ Summer Markets kick off in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach in May.
Pure Markets held its annual Spring Market on April 3 at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach with more than 70 vendors. The weekly Sunset Beach Summer Markets begin May 6 and will continue each Thursday until October 14. Unless COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed to allow for larger outdoor gatherings at the Town Park, the market will be at the winery.
Ocean Isle Beach Summer Market will open on the island June 1 and continue each Tuesday through August 31. It will follow guidelines and restrictions required because of COVID-19. All the Pure Markets, including the Memorial Holiday Market on May 29, will require everyone wear a mask.
Chris Wilson and her husband, Jim, founded The Pure Markets/Summer Markets three years ago in order to offer only homemade, handmade or homegrown items by local vendors. They have a rigid screening process and do not allow resales, which are items bought from another source.
The vast array of crafts at the winery on April 3 ranged from decorated wreaths, two-story cedar birdhouses, scented candles with a heart that emerges when lit, jewelry made from tree roots and benches with scenic wallpaper borders sealed on the seats. Baldhead Coffee offered homemade brew, Raw Products had fresh salsa, and Joe’s Mom’s Travel Snacks had snacks in handy bags. Treats for family pets were available at Kelly’s K-9 Kitchen.
The nonprofit Paws-Ability, which assists local rescue groups and promotes animal welfare awareness, offered visitors the opportunity to use their own cell phone or camera to take pictures of their pets with the Easter Bunny. The cheerful costumed bunny laughed and said, “My [real] name is Bunny MacKinnon.” She smoothed the pure white outfit, straightened her vest and reached to embrace Annie, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu. Owners Kathy and Chuck Hottois of Myrtle Beach explained that Annie is a rescue. They said they follow Summer Markets online so they know when and where the markets are open.
Sophie, a 2-year-old rescue, posed next. Owners Layne and Wanda McMillan of Calabash praised Maggie Phelps of VCA Seaside Animal Hospital in Calabash for bringing Sophie, and other rescues, to a healthy state.
At the Wabi Sabi Gypsi booth, Laura McHattie wore a varied combination of colors, designs and accessories set off by a towering leather-like hat with laces. “It’s my personality,” she says. “It’s artistic, eclectic and a little funky.”
Her array of handmade items included crocheted washable and dryable mats for the bathroom “or whatever you want them for,” she said. She paints pet portraits from pictures people submit to her, makes jewelry from orange peels and creates altered journals. She explains that to make an altered journal, she simply takes a novel or other book, covers pages with adhesive and attaches a person’s gathered treasures on the pages. “I made a book of Japanese memorabilia for someone who lived in Japan,” she said.
“I want one of everything,” Laura Winship of Sunset Beach said at Diana Romance-Green’s booth.
“Diana does beautiful pottery.” She concentrated on a blue-tone caddy used for kitchen utensils, wine or “even a potted plant,” Romance-Green said. “It’s only limited by your imagination.”
Pamela Casper-Pearson at Fly Angels said she makes decorations for the home. Jane Coleman of Designed by JC creates wreaths while her husband, Randy, makes birdhouses from cedar.
“This gives us a way to be crafty and creative, and we enjoy the people at the markets,” Randy said.
“We feel safe here,” Wilson said of holding the markets at the winery.
She explained that the wide expanse of land makes the winery a perfect place for the booths to spread out and maintain COVID-19 distance.
Maryann Azzato, owner of the winery, said she’s “absolutely pleased” the market is on her property. “A lot of people don’t know we’re here,” she added. “It’s a win-win. We would love to keep the Summer Market all the time. It’s a real asset to the community.”
The winery offered its wine tasting by delivering the wine in small cups to socially distanced tables and gave people written explanations of the wines they chose.
“I give a big thank you to Maryann, for welcoming the market here,” Wilson said. “I’m happy it’s worked out.”
Want to go?
Sunset Beach Summer Market
Every Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm, May 6 to October 14
Until further notice: Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach
Notice of change to Sunset Beach Town Park will appear at thepuremarkets.com
Memorial Holiday Market
Saturday, May 29, 10 am to 3 pm
Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach Summer Markets
Every Tuesday, 9 am to 1 pm, June 1 to August 31
5 W. Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, next to the old Town Hall