Riverside Arts Market Will Open (Virtually) On Saturday

May 15, 2020

Saturday, May 16, will mark the return of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), although it will be virtual-only for now.

For the first time, many of RAM’s artists and vendors will be selling their wares on the market’s Facebook page from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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“You'll be able to go to the Facebook event and make a comment on a post and a product and that'll put you right in touch with the maker and you'll be able to work out the payment details and the shipping, and a lot of our makers are offering free deliveries in the Jacksonville area,” said RAM Senior Manager John Silveira on WJCT News' First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross this week.

Silveira said the vendors have been struggling since the pandemic hit, and he’s excited by potentially continuing the virtual arts market even after the physical arts market resumes.

“We could do special events online for Mother's Day, or a special event during the holiday,” said Silveira.

RAM has been working with the city of Jacksonville on plans to resume the physical arts market under the Fuller Warren Bridge, he said.

“We're hopeful that we'll be up and running within the next three or four weeks with the essential businesses. And if we can add other makers in there and do it safely, we'd like to do so,” he said.

Related: Listen to the full interview with Silveira

On the virtual side, Silveira is hopeful that selling online could end up being a 24/7 expansion to make RAM shopping more convenient. But for now, it will be held only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Facebook on Saturdays.

List Of Vendors Scheduled For Saturday's In-Person RAM

Beverages

Moonbooch Kombucha

Pura Bean Coffee Company

Tea Nation

Young Buck Coffee Roasters

Bath and Body Products

ATJ Natural Insect Spray

Body & Soul

Meadow Green Farms

Dairy, Farmers, and Honey:

CA Alvarez Farms

Cross Creek Honey

Glades Ridge Goat Dairy

Kravey Gardens

Queen Bee Company

Food Accessories

Beeskeeper Wraps

Pet Products

Bubba’s Bistro

Pooch Pantry Foods

Prepared Foods

904 Burgers

Cely’s Filipino Food

Fresh From Yianni’s Kitchen

Fusion Food Truck

Island Girl Seafood and Nomi’s Cheese Bar

JC’s Daily Bread

La Bodega Original

Little Black Box

Mother Truckin Pizza

Old West Kettle Korn

Olive Affairs

Olive My Pickle

Our Greek Corner

Seeductive Foods

Umami

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Iona Creative Design

K’s Got You Covered

Manifest Distillery (selling hand sanitizer)

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.