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Yesterday, PoPville published the text of an email from Eric Demby of the Brooklyn Flea which states: "After much deliberation and with much sadness, we are sorry to report that District Flea in its current incarnation is going on hiatus–effective immediately, the Flea is no longer operating, including this Saturday's market." Demby has confirmed with Racked DC that this is indeed the text from his internal email.
Even though this second year of the District Flea started out with a press release that more than 100 vendors had signed on, the letter on PoPville suggests lack of vendors as the reason for the closure. "In the end, the volume of vendors didn't support our ambitious business model for a weekly market. We think this location still has a lot of potential, so stay tuned for news in the future."
This closure sounds very similar to the Philadelphia market started by the Brooklyn Flea, which shut down relatively quickly after it was introduced. In Philadelphia, a new market began after the closure of the Brooklyn Flea, so maybe that's what can happen here? PoPville writes that Union Kitchen may take over the space, and if that happens, we hope that the vintage clothing and furniture vendors will stick around too. Demby told Racked DC that he hadn't heard the Union Kitchen rumor.
· District Flea "Going On Hiatus–Effective Immediately" – Union Kitchen Possibly Taking Over the Space [PoPville]
· New Flea to Rise From the Ashes of Brooklyn Flea Philly [Racked Philly]
· Can the Brooklyn Flea Take Its Show on the Road? [Racked NY]
· See 43 Photos from District Flea's Big Opening Day [Racked DC]