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WASHINGTON — The annual market in the heart of the District, known for its lively summer festival season, is now underway.
It’s the latest event to attract attention in the city that has a reputation for being a city on the rise.
A growing number of people have found work in the food and beverage industry, and people are looking for jobs in the health and education sectors.
In the past several years, the market has seen a boom in vendors, many of whom are small businesses that cater to a diverse clientele.
People are coming from all over to participate, including students who often make the trip from Virginia to visit their families in the District.
“This year, we had about 20 vendors,” said Andrew Kallman, a 24-year-old college student who drove from his home in Alexandria to the market.
For the first time, a small group of vendors will have access to free beer, wine and food.
The market has been open for about two weeks, but it’s the first year it’s opened to the public.
It will be open again Sunday, with the first day of the market drawing about 1,200 people.
Many vendors have been in business for several years.
Kallman said he was among them.
I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and I had to go out and work.
But I just moved to Washington in 2013, and my life changed,” he said.
He was working as a bartender in Alexandria, which was an easy place to find work because it had a small labor market.
Now, he’s selling in the capital and has to contend with the growing number and diversity of vendors.
After a few years, he decided to set up shop in Washington, but not before a few other vendors had established themselves.
At the beginning, I had about three vendors that I had worked with in my life,” he explained.
They had been friends since elementary school.
Now, they are all here.
All of them were in the market with their families.
They were doing all kinds of work.
Some of them had jobs.
Some were still working in Alexandria.
We had to start from scratch.
I was like, What do I do now?
I had never done anything like this before.
I thought I was going to lose it.
I had so many vendors here.
They all made me feel comfortable.
I think this year I’m just going to do it a lot easier.
“He said he’s been doing the best he can with the small group that has come in to support him.
There’s a lot of diversity, and so many different tastes and personalities,” Kallmann said.
“Some of the vendors are working for a living.
Some are just trying to make ends meet, and some are just making their living.
And so, it’s just so much fun to be around the community and to be here, in a city that is really thriving.”
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