Opened in 2009, Fenton Street Market was a weekly market in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. Featuring 60+ vendors each week selling everything from handmade jewelry and soap to vintage bikes and cultural craft imports, FSM was the place to find unique treasures and support the local economy. FSM hosted free community activities such as yoga classes and kids story times; and served as a venue for local organizations, musicians and non-profits to reach new audiences.
Our Other Projects & Collaborations
A Brief History of FSM
The Benefit Corporation Model
FSM is incorporated as a Benefit Corporation in the State of Maryland, making it one of a handful of visionary businesses that seek to create positive social change as part of their bottom line. Championed by Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, Benefit Corporations use profit to enrich the community, rather than a few shareholders.
As a Benefit Corporation, FSM has defined the following as its specific public benefits in its corporate charter: 1) providing individuals or communities with beneficial products or services; and 2) promoting economic opportunity for individuals or communities. Additionally, FSM offers the following programs back to the community:
- FSM Vendor Network – a diverse network of entrepreneurs that build their capacity through education, connections to resources, and business development.
- Youth Employment – teenagers are recruited, trained and employed during the market season.
- Non-Profit Support – local non-profit organizations and community groups receive free spots at the market.
Megan Moriarty, Proprietor & Manager | megan at fentonstreetmarket dot com