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Positively Philadelphia: Philly “Phair”

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(This parking lot at 23rd and Arch Streets will be transformed, starting May 18th, into the "Phair" open-air market.  Photo provided)

(This parking lot at 23rd and Arch Streets will be transformed, starting May 18th, into the “Phair” open-air market. Photo provided)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new open air market is coming to Philadelphia, giving artists a chance to show off their work and buyers a chance to discover an up-and-coming artist.

“Philadelphia is so rich in artists and makers in the city, but there’s not a ton of galleries, and there’s not a lot of alternative venues on a regular basis,” says Jennifer Schick, who founded Phair with fellow artist and local resident Josh Marowitz.

And what about the name?

(Jennifer Schick.  Photo provided)

(Jennifer Schick. Photo provided)

“Phair came from  putting together Philadelphia and open-air market,” Schick (right) explains.

The market officially begins May 18th, will be held every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10am to 5pm at 23rd and Arch Streets, through November.

Schick says Phair will also include “vintage” vendors and food vendors.

“We’ve been in the arts scene and artists ourselves for a number of years,” she tells Positively Philadelphia, “and we’re both born and raised in the Philadelphia region.  We’re really inspired by the European markets that happen all over Europe that are all outdoors, with vendors selling their goods.”

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For more information go to PhillyPhair.com.

Listen to the full “Phair” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 8:46)…

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And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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