In September of 2009 FSM was born in an empty parking lot at the corner of Silver Spring Ave & Fenton St. It operated two trial markets to test the demand for a market in the neighborhood. The market returned in April of 2010 operating weekly in the same location until a move in October 2010 to Veteran's Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. Photo by Dan Reed
Mike O'Brien of Red Table Press did the signature branding for FSM in 2010 that we still use today. Pictured above: original FSM staff, Hannah McCann and Debbie Lee in Mike's market booth.
Opening Day of the 2012 Season
In late 2011 concerns arose about the Market's future in DTSS and an outpouring of support from the community encouraged FSM and Montgomery County to find a solution to save the Market. A contract was awarded to FSM by Montgomery County in March of 2012 to operate on Veteran's Plaza for a minimum of three years.
FSM Expands to Takoma Park with Grant Avenue Market
In May of 2013, FSM expanded to Takoma Park with Grant Avenue Market, an originally thrice-yearly vintage, antiques and funky finds market operated in partnership with Old Town Takoma.
FSM Hosts an Etsy Craft Party on Bonifant Street
In June of 2013, FSM hosted a Craft for Community themed Etsy Craft Party on Bonifant Street. Vendors and community members made window decorations for the local businesses that call the block home, including Kefa Cafe, Jaha Hair Salon and Silver Spring Books.
Indie Bridal Party
In April of 2014, FSM ventured into the DC wedding world with an independent bridal show featuring local wedding vendors from the DC area.
FSM Turns 5!
In September of 2014, Fenton Street Market celebrated it's fifth birthday with cupcakes and a party at the market! Pictured: then Market Owner Megan Moriarty and Market Founder and previous Owner, Hannah McCann.
In December of 2014, FSM opened HOLIDAZE, a holiday pop-up shop in the upstairs gallery space at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Photo by Jonna Michelle Photography
Megan Moriarty Receives Economic Momentum Award
Previous Market Owner Megan Moriarty received the Economic Momentum Creator Award at Impact Silver Spring's Impact Awards at the Fillmore Silver Spring in May 2015.
Currently FSM is in its 6th Season
Montgomery County City Councilmember Tom Hucker opened the market on Opening Day of the sixth season in Silver Spring.
Third Generation of FSM
In March of 2016, FSM entered its third generation of leadership. Previous owner Megan Moriarty (second from left) passes on the booth measuring stick, used throughout the Market's lifespan, to new owners (from left): Mike Mowery, Caroline Joyce, Elizabeth Baer and Daniel Eichner.