Hayes Valley Urban Air Market
The Membo Team took advantage of a beautiful San Francisco day and headed down to the intersection of Hayes and Octavia to check out the return of the Urban Air Market. The Urban Air Market is the country’s largest outdoor marketplace dedicated to sustainable design and supporting local artisans.
Just about every alleyway and road in the area was lined with merchant tents, each showing off their work to eager passersby. Jewelry, clothing, handbags and purses, soaps, candles, and other goods were on offer, on top of your old standbys in Ritual, Juice Shop, Blue Bottle and Casey’s Pizza. Saxophone rang out over the Green as people walked, shopped, sipped and talked in what could only be seen as a pleasant outing, with only one tent being lost to the somewhat stiff breeze.
Our goal with the Neighborhood Passes is to foster a sense of community between neighbors, local businesses and non-profits, and it didn’t take more than a minute at the Urban Air Market to see why Hayes Valley aligns so closely with our goal. It was a terrific turnout, with lots of people buying local goods, meeting people who live down the street and taking advantage of a great community space in Patricia’s Green. We hope the Hayes Valley Pass encourages people to have similar experiences with their neighbors more often.
We had a great time introducing the Hayes Valley Pass to the many locals and visitors enjoying the market. While the market happens only a couple times per year in the Hayes Valley area (next one is coming up in the Fall), it still is easy to support local throughout the year. Tons of neighborhood businesses are onboard, and more are on the way, so if you haven’t explored the Hayes Valley Pass yet, you are missing out.