Holiday gifts of all shapes and sizes abound at the Bridge Street Market and shops of Bridge Street. This outdoor, weekly event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through the end of April at 111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Locals and visitors can find fresh produce, local art, chair massage, beach-style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home décor, food, fun and more. A limited amount of vendor space is still available in some categories.
The Market also features live music. For the December 21st market the featured entertainer will be singer/songwriter Joe Bonfiglio (Joe B.) has been performing since his youth. He writes songs about his life experiences, but he also delves into literature, new and old, and film, television, and the news for his inspiration. His flatpicking style is unique, something he developed in his earliest days of playing solo, and he incorporates a percussive quality as well. His newest recording, “Third Time’s the Charm,” was released in January of 2014. He has also been included in the last 2 Sarasota Noise Ordinance compilations. After living and performing since the 1970s throughout New England, New York and Scotland, Joe currently resides in Madeira Beach, FL.
The Bridge Street Merchants, a 501c6, host the Sunday Markets, and provide year-round shopping, dining and entertainment on the south end of the island. Other merchant events such as Market Food Challenges and Christmas on Bridge Street support various local charities.
For Sunday, consider taking the free island trolley right to Bridge Street. Car parking options include: the city lot behind the Bridge Street Bistro, up and down Bridge Street including by the city pier, City Hall (permissible on Sundays) and along the beach just south of Bridge Street. For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants, or vendor space at the Market contact Market Manager, Melissa Enders, at email@example.com or (215) 906-0668 or visit www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.