Quenton Narcisse - Author
Aro Osborn - Photography
Monday, September 14 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm
30 Bartholomew Ave, Hartford, CT
Last night, we hosted our first KNOW GOOD Market in the Parkville neighborhood and needless to say, it was certainly a step in the right direction. Families from all over Connecticut (even a few out-of-staters; we see you, Jamil and Trodson) came to enjoy wonderful cuisine, listen to live music, socialize and wind down after a long work day. Seeing so many familiar (and unfamilar) happy faces surely brought a smile to our hearts. At the core of everything we're trying to establish, that's the most important factor.
Congratulations are aplenty but we would certainly be remiss if we didn't acknowledge everyone who contributed their caring efforts to making yesterday evening a success. There were so many of you that helped make the KNOW GOOD Market what it was. A huge thank you to our vendors for not only coming but staying late, and serving the neighborhood even as the sun fell. Another shoutout to Caral Restaurant for letting us use their space for the bar as well as numerous tables, so folks could eat comfortably. Thanks to our resident photographer Aro for taking pictures of the event, and the handy clean-up crew of Sarah DeFrancesco and Emily Peterson for helping set up the equipment prior to the event's start. And who can forget The Vibes and Hartford Hot Several for providing the live entertainment.
If there's one thing we can ask of everyone, it's this: for those that took their own personal pictures of the event, feel free to share them on social media with the hashtag #KNOWGOODMarket. We want to see your lovely photos and videos, and we'll repost and share them on our own platforms as a way to gain more exposure for the next market. We've already seen a few pictures from the event on Instagram, and it's truly humbling. The best way for us to keep this engine rolling is to galvanize the entire city through our participation, and sharing our media is certainly the easiest, most effective [and coolest] way!
Any suggestions on how we can make the market more balmy and tranquil are appreciated, so please let us know your thoughts in the comments below and we'll do our best to accommodate for the next event. We realized after that we could've increased seating, added more visible trash cans (yet no one littered - <3 you guys) and made the signs for the bar and bathroom easier to find. These are all things we're working to improve, but we want your input as well. So please, shoot anything we can do to make the experience better. And if you have no complaints, tell us your favorite vendors or food trucks that you'd like to see at the next one.
The BL&D Team