Since 2009, Fenton Street Market (FSM) has been a craft, culture and community market operating in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. FSM has featured over 1,000 vendors, including artisans and craft-makers offering hand-made wares and imports, and hosted on-site demonstrations ranging from glass-blowing to culinary knife-sharpening and yoga classes. The Market’s collective builds community by providing first-ever jobs to neighborhood teens, hosting musical performances by local and regional bands, and creating a space for residents to gather. Fenton Street Market is more than a market -- it showcases Silver Spring’s unique, diverse, and vibrant contributions to the Washington, DC region.
FSM was founded by East Silver Spring resident Hannah McCann, who turned it over in 2011 to Megan Moriarty, a neighbor and former East Silver Spring Civic Association (ESSCA) President. FSM is now in its third generation of leadership by local residents with a commitment to connecting their neighbors to the vibrant retail and cultural offerings of Silver Spring and the wider DC area.
In March of 2016, the Market was purchased by East Silver Spring residents Caroline Joyce (“CJ”), Mike Mowery, Elizabeth Baer and Daniel Eichner. Caroline works in the District as AVP and Managing Director of External Affairs for Truth Initiative and as certified yoga teacher and a budding artist. Mike is a partner at Outerloop Management, an entrepreneurial company with multiple music related businesses (record labels, a podcast network, a blog, etc). Caroline and Mike also started Leo's Garden, a non-profit which supports grieving families who have suffered stillbirth or other tragic loss, and which holds the annual Leo's Run 5k run/walk in downtown Silver Spring. Before leaving office-land to raise Elizabeth and Daniel's daughter June, Elizabeth worked in environmental non-profit management. She also coordinates volunteers for Leo's Run. Daniel is a member of New Legacy Partners, a local real estate development firm focused on smart growth and urban infill development.