The street that runs through Turner Park was bustling with more than 40 vendors, food, drink and live music on Friday, Aug. 31. The Midtown Crossing Night Market was the fourth in a series of five markets, titled “5 NIGHTS on FRIDAYS.”
Dan Schneider was manning the tent for Adagio. His wife, Rose, has been selling her handmade soaps and a variety of other products in the Omaha area for 12 years. They regularly attend the Farmer’s market, and this summer, the Night Market presented a new opportunity for them.
“It’s a little more of a social event than some of the other ones we attend, so sales may not be as high, but we’re reaching a different group of people than we normally would,” Schneider said.
Adagio was just one of the many family-run, artisan vendors with a tent on S. 31st Ave, in the heart of Midtown crossing. The vendors ranged from arts and crafts to recycled goods, books, jewelry and clothing.
Jess Gunn, a lab instructor in the Chemistry department, made it to a few of the Midtown Night Markets this year. She enjoyed people watching and finding unique booths, including ones that sold jewelry and wood with laser cut designs.
“I actually got my necklace at [the Night Market] earlier this summer. I’ve had people compliment it and ask where I got it, but I haven’t seen them back here since,” Gunn said.
Besides handmade goods and art, there were many vendors providing food and drinks, including 5168 Brewing Tap Room, Wohlner’s, Della Costa and Black Oak Grill.
College of Arts and Sciences senior Julieta Suarez and Creighton graduate Myles Englis spent the evening sipping drinks from the cocktail patio and seeing the dogs available for adoption at the Bailing Out Benji booth.
“I’m not from around here, but it’s great to be back and get to see people I knew before,” Englis said.
They came across some familiar Creighton faces, including College of Arts and Sciences seniors Morgan Dobersek and Manny Onate, who are both familiar with the Omaha art scene.
It was their first time at the Night Market, and they found that it held up compared to other similar events they had been to.
“It’s been super fun, it’s a lot bigger than some of the other ones. It has more open air, more room to roam about,” Dobersek said.
The two seniors also enjoyed the live music at the top of the hill. Omaha Girls Rock, the Gotta Be Me Choir and Blues Ed were Friday’s performers.
“[The music] just adds a little more energy,” Onate said.
The “5 NIGHTS on FRIDAYS” series will wrap up with the final Night Market on Sept. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m.