WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – When you think “Hippie Fest” there are probably certain things that come to mind: maybe a picture from Woodstock or large groups of people wearing tie-dye gathered around a VW bus.
The ‘All Things Groovy’ Wilmington Hippie Fest was held at Waterline Brewing Company on July 24 and organized by Downtown ILM Market. Guests could browse everything from small boutiques and artists to food trucks and fresh frozen desserts alongside everything Waterline had to offer. Live music was performed for Hippie Fest-goers to keep things lively.
Founder of Downtown ILM Market Bethany Carpenter says the list of vendors came together nicely because so many vendors had shown interest in participating in a themed event.
“We already had a good foundation of vendors that were interested in participating in markets like this. So we just kind of reached out, opened applications. People have showed interest and we got a list going.” said Carpenter.
Carpenter, a small business owner herself, says she understands the need for more pop-up markets around Wilmington and how adding themes creates more of a draw to the events.
“A lot of my friends are small business owners. So I really see the importance of it. It’s been really hard for small businesses throughout the pandemic and then just this economic climate. So it’s really nice that, a bunch of people can come support, and we can just have a good time together,” said Carpenter.
The ‘All Things Groovy’ Hippie Fest is the first of its kind for the downtown Wilmington area, but Carpenter says many other themed pop-up markets are in the works.
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