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Rock & Shop Market Brings More Than 100 Local Designers to Durham Saturday, Dec. 17
Event combines North Carolina designers with local bands, beer and food trucks

DURHAM – The Rock & Shop Market, an indoor shopping, food and music market featuring independent designers and bands from North Carolina, returns to Durham Saturday, Dec. 17. The annual celebration of local designers and businesses, now in its eighth year in the Triangle, expands into a third building and nearly doubles the number of artists, crafters and designers responsible for a diverse mix of fashion, art, jewelry, stationary, furniture and more.

More than 105 designers – up from 65 in 2010 – will occupy the corner of West Geer Street and Rigsbee Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. To accommodate all of the local designers, the market will again fill Fullsteam Brewery and Motorco Music Hall, and expand into the nearby Trotter Building. The Trotter Building will house the event’s fashion show, starting at 3 p.m. and featuring clothes and accessories made by North Carolina designers. The fashion show is sponsored by Spoonflower, a custom-printed fabric company based in Durham.

The tunes of local musicians Phil Cook & His Feat and The Small Ponds will fill Motorco, and sponsor Merge Records will be on hand with its catalog of music. Merge will reward donations of canned food with $2 off your total music purchase and a free Merge music sampler, with all proceeds benefiting the North Carolina Food Bank.

In addition to local beer at Fullsteam, more than seven food trucks – including Only Burger, Chirba Chirba, Klausie’s Pizza, Olde North State BBQ, Will & Pop’s, Slippin’ Sliders, Monuts Donuts, bikeCoffee, Pie Pushers and KoKyu BBQ – will line the streets.

Admission is $5 the day of the event, and $4 online at

About the Rock & Shop Market
The Rock & Shop Market began in 2004 to support and celebrate the state’s burgeoning indie arts scene of professional designers, artists and musicians. Taking cues from other urban markets across the country such as Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair and Boston’s Bazaar Bizarre, designers are chosen through a juried application process and hail from across the state of North Carolina. Learn more about the Rock & Shop Market online at, on Twitter @rockandshopmkt and on Facebook at For more information and images for the event, explore the 2011 press kit.

About the organizer
The Rock & Shop Market is organized by Raleigh multimedia artist, prop stylist and pattern designer Michelle Smith. Smith also curates window displays in unused storefronts in downtown Raleigh and Durham and runs indieNC, an online shop and blog that features products from North Carolina artists.



Featured Artisans:

Matt Butler, Raleigh Printmaker

Matt Butler, Raleigh Printmaker


The Bands:


The Producers:

From l to r: Founder, Michelle Smith, Elizabeth Burke, Whitney Robinson, Amber Ball

From l to r: Founder, Michelle Smith, Elizabeth Burke, Whitney Robinson, Amber Ball