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‘Super Mrkt’ extravaganza returning to Applegate Park

THIS SUNDAY IN MERCED!

 

The much-beloved and quickly-adopted Super Mrkt — an artsy, entertaining, pop-up vendor fair founded and organized by local resident Eli Torres — is coming back to a special location this weekend:

It’s going to be held at Applegate Park (1045 W 25th Street)!

The family-friendly fun will take place this Sunday, July 23, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m., so make sure to bring water and sun-screen!

Notably, for the first time, Super Mrkt will be featuring live performances from a variety of local performers (starting at 1 p.m.): Mox, Avenue 1, Ted Barber, and Corset Adagio.

For those who aren’t familiar with Super Mrkt, it is a recurring vendor fair that has been regularly popping up all over Merced to a great reception.

The event was the founded on the basis of Torres’s previous “Strangers” project. From art, thrift, baked goods, to custom goods and more, you will be able to find something for you regardless of your tastes at one of their more than 70 vendors.

When asked by the Times about what he believes makes his brand special, Torres replied with: “The only thing that has ever made anything we do special, is all of the amazing people that are involved. They’re all so talented, hardworking, and truly kind people. From the artists that have ever participated in an art show, the vendors that have ever taken a chance on a random parking lot vendor event in front of a cowprint building, and of course all of the people that have taken time out of their day to stop by an event and show support to these hardworking people.”

Notably, Torres is also behind some of the city’s favorite downtown destinations, which are Grizzly Barber, as well as Pretty Good Burger. And in his time as a business owner and brand manager, he has made a number of invaluable relationships and connections.

“I always like to give credit to our longtime friend Fortino Cortez. He introduced us to the concept of clothing brands/small business being able to be done by yourself. He was a big part of getting Grizzly Barber going for sure. Love that guy.”

In a final statement to the community when talking to the Times, he said, “Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to make magic happen in Merced. Let’s keep it going.”

If you want to keep up date on their events or reach out to them, you can find them on Instagram: @SuperMrkt_ _ _

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