The Groove Market Will Bring Funky Vendors To Riverlights

By Justin Williams Pope, posted Jun 8, 2022
The Groove Market features an array of local artisans and vendors who will set up at Riverlights on June 18. (Photo courtesy of Dan Wheat-Rivers)
Feel like getting groovy? Then The Groove Market at Riverlights may be your answer. Still relatively new to Wilmington, Sarah and Abby Moody started The Groove Market in November 2020, and despite the pandemic, saw promising turnouts.  Now, the sisters are embarking on their next chapter and moving forward to grow their market.

“We love our markets and bringing people together,” said Abby Moody, who along with her sister Sarah brought a similar venture, Triangle Pop-Up, to the Raleigh area.

The duo both love Wilmington and felt there was a place in town for more markets that offered locally made products.

“We like creating successful events. It’s really great to see people come out and buy things that make them happy,” Moody said.

She added that it is also great to see local artisans having a venue to sell their merchandise.

“It’s a labor of love that goes into these products because much of it is handmade or created by the vendor who is selling it,” she said. An important mission of The Groove Market is to support small and local businesses, Moody said.

“We love small businesses, and we hope to be able to promote them through our market,” she said. Artisans, craftspeople and makers of all sorts that have been a part of The Groove Market so far have brought locally crafted treasures such as handmade soaps, candles and jewelry. Moody said a local vendor selling dog and cat bandanas also participates as well as wood-carved makers.

The lineup of vendors is diverse, according to Moody, and live music will be on site. The Groove Market’s next event is June 18 at Riverlights from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 30 vendors will be on site and the Frothy Sloth Coffee Hut and Coastal Craft Creamery Ice Cream will serve up drinks and treats. 

Moody said there will be plenty of items geared for dads since it is the day before Father’s Day. Later this summer, The Groove Market will shift locations to Waterman’s Brewing Co. on July 9.

The Groove Market is unique because its ability to be mobile allows it to be located in various locations across town. Moody is excited about how The Groove Market can better support the local economy and small business owners.

“We want to support small business," she said. "There are so many local businesses that start here and then move to a storefront of their own. We want to support their dreams as well as our own.”

Find out more about The Groove Market on its Facebook page.  
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