Arts preview: Winter Flea flees to Franklinton for mutual arts support

By Sarah Thompson
From the January 30, 2014 edition

Columbus Flea has been showcasing local artists’ “quality shit since 2010” — their words, not ours — outdoors at Seventh Son Brewing, located smack dab in the center of Cow-town.

But since the old digs were a little too snug to house an indoor version of the growing event, the seasonal flea market found a new place to call home this winter: the up-and-coming arts community of Franklinton.

This Sunday, instead of the other haunt, vintage vinyl records, handmade jewelry, accessories, art and clothing from 30 entrepreneurs and craftsman will fill the 3,000-square-feet event space of Strongwater, Franklinton’s new bar and restaurant.

“It wasn’t just because we had to (look for something bigger). We decided to look there because it’s a good time to strike in Franklinton,” said Nikki Portman, founder of Columbus Flea. “They got a lot of good stuff going on without us, so we thought it was a good time to fit in while it’s growing.”

While the temporary home lends larger space, more visitors for the Columbus Flea vendors, as well as more exposure for the event, Portman said she hopes the event will be mutually beneficial — and recurring.

“I think we’re all hoping we can make this a lasting thing,” Portman said.