When: Sat., Dec. 17, 12-6 p.m. 2011
Fullsteam, Motorco, Trotter Building—Begun in 2004, the Durham Rock & Shop Market is an annual celebration of indie designers around the state. It's seen steady growth over the years, but even we're caught off guard by the scale of the leap from last year to this year: Sixty-five designers last year have become at least 105 this year. Is an economic recovery on the way? This 60 percent jump in participation means, too, that designers are coming from far and wide—for example, the Edge of Urge, a hipster favorite in downtown Wilmington, let us know they'll be in Durham.
Furthermore, the size of the event means that the vendors and accompanying entertainment will sprawl throughout three venues in Durham's Geer Street district. At Motorco, Phil Cook and His Feat and The Small Ponds will perform while representatives of sponsor Merge Records will be on hand (bring them canned food, and you'll get $2 discounted from your purchases, plus a music sampler). At the Trotter Building there will be a fashion show at 3 p.m., sponsored by Spoonflower. Fullsteam will host designers as well. At least a half dozen food trucks will also be open for business along Riggsbee and Geer. The market runs from noon to 6 p.m.; tickets are required for admission to the venue. But admission is only $4 in advance, $5 at the door. —David Fellerath