Getting to Know the Vendors of the 6th Street Market

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The 6th Street Market is your premier Sunday destination for unique art, handmade goods and scrumptious food.

Every week, the 6th Street Market strives to bring an assortment one-of-a-kind local vendors ranging from art to home goods to food. There is sure to be something to catch your eye, quench your thirst or satisfy a craving.

Throughout this entire season, we’ve hosted some awe-inspiring vendors that all have their own, unique flair. All of our vendors have a passion for their handmade work and it really shows in their products. As this season moves on, we want to highlight two amazing vendors that really embody the spirit of the 6th Street Market.

Pura Vida Grinds

Pura Vida Grinds is a market staple.

Every week, they serve up their signature drinks to market goers and add to the fun and relaxing atmosphere of the 6th Street Market.

“I love the locality of downtown Tempe,” Angela Vanette, owner of Pura Vida Grinds, said. “We are consistent and love being centrally located.”

Angela also shared that Downtown Tempe has so much do, in addition to the 6th Street Market. She mentioned “A” Mountain, Mill Ave., the art, Tempe Beach Park are great assets to Downtown Tempe and for their business when they come to the 6th Street Market.

The coffee truck has been at the 6th Street Market for almost 3 seasons and continues to be a draw for a lot of market attendees.

“The biggest compliment we can get is when one of the market guests say they came specifically for our coffee,” Angela said. “There is no other feeling like it.”

Angela’s husband, Roberto (better known as Lobo), is always busy making his smooth, tasty coffee in the back of their sloth covered coffee truck. They own the coffee truck as a couple, and are even raising their family around the business. Angela and Lobo are known to bring their adorable baby to the markets and play in the grass near where their truck is parked.

“I enjoy making coffee every day,” Lobo said. “It’s what I enjoy and I want to keeping do it.”

Lobo is from Costa Rica and decided to bring some Costa Rican flair to the Valley and share it with the public. The coffee they serve is a smooth blend imported from Costa Rica and we can attest, it’s simply delicious.

Pura Vida Grinds can be found at the 6th Street Market every Sunday. (BONUS: They will also be back next season.)

Reilluminated

If you walk a few feet to the west of Pura Vida Grinds, you’ll find a unique booth lit up with some of the most unique art you’ll find in Arizona.

"The 6th Street Market has been a great place for me to showcase and sall my Upcycled Lamps for the past 3 years in attended the market.” Patrick Michael O’Brien, creator and owner of Reilluminated, said. “Being right in the middle of Downtown Tempe we get to see a lot of local people and many others that are here for business or just for fun.”

Reilluminated started in 2017 after he was laid off from his job. He started out this business out of necessity but it soon turned into a passion.

Patrick makes timeless lamps that are created from repurposed, vintage items – mostly cameras.

“I’m inspired by many things in this world, Patrick said. “But I really enjoy reusing and repurposing items that are often forgotten and are sitting around collecting dust.”

Reilluminated brings together old beauty and makes it into a functional, almost magically, piece of art.

Patrick’s time at the 6th Street Market propelled him to apply and take part in the Tempe Festival of the Arts.

“After two and a half years of creating Functional Pieces of Upcycled Art, I finally was able to show my creations at the Tempe Festival of the Arts in 2019,” Patrick said. “I don’t think I would have done this without being part of the 6th Street Market.”

At the fall Tempe Festival of the Arts, Patrick won “Best in Upcycled” for his artistic imagination, attention to repurposing and hard work. He is a celebrated artist with an eye for unique illumination.

“Winning the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Upcycle Reuse was absolutely unbelievable and something I will always remember,” Patrick expressed. “Having a panel of judges pick Reilluminated for this award still blows me away months later.”

Patrick can be found at the 6th Street Market on Sundays and we can guarantee his art will bring a new type of illumination into your life.


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