July 24, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer
Photos courtesy of Boston Women's Market
There's some exciting news for both avid and casual shoppers interested in high-quality, unique items hand-crafted by skilled women entrepreneurs from all over New England -- ranging from candle and jewelry makers to woodworkers and bakers -- right here in Hingham.
Beginning this Saturday, July 24, the vibrant Boston Women’s Market, featuring more than 15 talented women makers and artists, will host in-person events once a month through December at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, 18 Shipyard Drive, with beautiful views of the harbor as the backdrop.
The markets will take place on the newly-installed spacious lawn area between the Brio condominiums and 18 Shipyard Drive, across from Menchie's Frozen Yogurt -- rain or shine.
This is the perfect place to buy a gift for that special someone -- or yourself -- and later in the season, to do some holiday shopping.
Co-Founders Africa Rubio Pastor and Cara Loffredo created BWM in 2017 as a creative way to support women-founded businesses and artists. This event marks the BWM's South Shore debut.
Senior Property Manager for Samuels & Associates Rachel Ottley explained that following many months of curtailed activity due to COVID-19 restrictions, bringing the in-person BWM to the Launch is a collaborative effort. Samuels owns and manages the Launch.
"We wanted to create a community-building space where local vendors could sell their products and for South Shore [residents and beyond] to become familiar with what they have to offer and also to draw traffic to the Launch for our retailers and tenants and to provide a destination for the South Shore community to support local businesses," she said.
Ottley observed that there are many people in Hingham and surrounding communities who desire to shop locally: "We have the space, so why not provide a venue for local women-owned businesses to promote their wares and gain exposure to a new audience? We're really excited about this opportunity and happy to be [hosting BWM] for the rest of the year. Their products are amazing."
The vendor lineup at the Launch for July 24 includes: Her Best Foot Forward, Seasoned by the Sun, Evening Ink, Mariela's Sweets LLC, The Blank Canvas Company, RINA Jewelry, Mermaids + Madeleines, Solar Flair, Seven Sadie Lane, Gracie's Gunnies, and Peshtemal Collection.
The vendors -- which rotate monthly -- include a number of South Shore women: a jewelry maker, a macaroon baker, a painter, and a businesswoman offering a line of skin care products. "BWM has both seasoned and new vendors," Ottley said.
Here's the schedule:
* Saturday, July 24, 12 to 5 p.m.
* Saturday, Aug. 28, 12 to 5 p.m.
* Saturday, Sept. 18, 12 to 5 p.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 30, 12 to 5 p.m.
* Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 & 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 & 12 , 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
These monthly events are free. No tickets are required.
More information about Saturday's event is available at https://www.bostonwomensmarket.com/events-calendar/thelaunchathinghamshipyard. For more general details about the Boston Women's Market, visit https://www.bostonwomensmarket.com/.
Follow @ShopBostonWomensMarket for developing information.
Be sure to stop by Alma Nove, Boathouse Bistro, Wahlburgers, the Trident Galley and Raw Bar, or The Fresh Market to enjoy lunch or dinner or to shop for meal fixings or Menchie's Frozen Yogurt for a tasty treat.