Wednesday, December 12, 2012

OCH Holiday Market and My Weekend

OCH Holiday Market at Zeitgeist Cntr

I was a bit underwhelmed by the OCH Holiday Market on Saturday.  I think that it has the potential to be a really good market but the indoor space is in serious need of better lighting.  Shoppers commented that they couldn't see vendors' items and that they couldn't discern colors.  Had I known ahead of time that the lighting would be so dim, I would have brought lights with me--very large, bright lights.

My other quibble is that so few friends even knew that the market exists.  I'm talking about people who are totally in-the-know about what's going on in New Orleans and they hadn't heard of the OCH Market!  I think that the market needs to be more aggressively promoted if they want to compete with older markets such as Freret or newer markets like Piety St.  I recognize that having a market in Central City makes it a tougher sell to some potential shoppers but it's an up and coming area that is definitely getting revitalized.  It's too bad that Café Reconcile isn't open on Saturdays because that might help bring more customers.  The market should partner with the café for promotional purposes.  I'm not going to give up on this market and may decide to try it again but for now, I plan to focus on markets that are more well-known and have more serious shoppers.

My husband took these photos just as the market was opening:

OCH Holiday Market

 OCH Holiday Market

 OCH Holiday Market

OCH Holiday Market
My table was next to Nyssa Lyon of Hourglass Productions
You should definitely check our her fabulous jewelry!

Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver at OCH Holiday Mrkt
A view of my table

Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver at OCH Holiday Mrkt
...and another
Don't you just love my earring display frame made by David Bergeron?

The Fat Falafel Truck at OCH Market
My husband got his lunch from the food truck outside

Falafel Platter from The Fat Falafel Truck NOLA
Just a little food porn:  The Falafel Platter

My lunch was from Tsai and I scarfed it down before he could take any photos.  Oops!
  • Olive Boule
  •  Spicy Mushroom Soup with Scallions and Curried Squash (could have been a lot spicier)
  •  Fresh Greens with Parsley-fried Black-eyed Peas and Cheese (feta)
  •  Mint Tea (seriously refreshing!)

Jimbino Vegan & the Cannibals
We listened to great klezmer music by Jimbino Vegan & the Cannibals
which was timely (first day of Hanukkah)

Project Create at OCH Holiday Market
Children having fun making holiday cards as part of Project Create

Sunday was a lot of fun because the friend that my husband and I were staying with had a porch party and Heidi of Ex Post Facto Jewelry and I were able to set up our tables for a little holiday sale, as well.  It was great getting to know her in-person and I have the feeling that our little show was only the first of what will be many!

And just for laughs, a new Simon's Cat animation:

'Icecapade' by Simon Tofield


  1. I'm sorry your market didn't go as planned -- advertising is so important, and the lighting issue should definitely be brought to the promoter's attention for next year so they can be on the ready to tape down cords and provide spots for people who want lights.

    1. Absolutely! I'm convinced that it can be a really good market and it wouldn't have lasted this long if it wasn't already headed down the right path. Lighting improvements would certainly get them off to a great start for the new year.