Listen up, Inner Loop: you’re not the only fancy pants to have pop up shops. Bellaire is getting in on the action with its own monthly market dedicated to local makers. And it’s all for a good cause—conserving a historic park.

Located on the former grounds of Teas Nursery, a company dating back to 1843, Evelyn’s Park was created to foster the kind of community spirit its namesake was known for. After Teas closed in 2009, Jerry and Maury Rubenstein acquired the 5-acre historic site and donated the land to the City of Bellaire in honor of their mother, Evelyn. It was declared an official city park in 2011.

A rendering of the completed park. Date: to be determined.

On the last Saturday of each month (save for the summer, you know—so no one melts), Pop Up In The Park will feature a lineup of local designers, artists and makers. Vendors donate 10 percent of their sales to Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, the park’s operational and fundraising arm, meaning the shopping dollars go to both local folks and to maintaining the park.

The first market will be held tomorrow—January 25—from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature Cuteheads, Goldenstrand Jewelry, Cultgrrrl Creations, Garden Dreams, UZO Umbrellas, and Ecofab Arts. “We hope to curate a market that features local small businesses and the amazing work they do, as well as create a fun event that brings people to Evelyn's Park on a regular basis,” said Esther Freedman, event organizer and the owner of Cuteheads clothing. “We'll have live music, food trucks, and of course shopping, so it'll be a great activity for a Saturday afternoon.”

Jan. 25 1–4. Evelyn's Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd. evelynspark.org/pop-up-in-the-park/

 

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