There were still the dim lights and warehouse-like space. There were still the small vendors, some known but more unknown, pushing their pre-made goods. And there were the crowds looking for a fun Friday night in San Francisco.
Not much has changed for the Underground Market by forage SF except maybe the absence of the crazy lines that met each market when it was at its peak of popularity two years ago. Oh, and after some run-ins with the city and a year’s absence, the Underground Market has apparently gone legal and lost its renegade reputation of being a “private” monthly market.
I dropped in on this month’s Underground Market on Friday night at the Public Works space in the Mission. Instead of having to pre-register as a member for entry, you just pay $5 admission. Inside, there were fewer vendors (I’m guessing fewer than 20) serving up a variety of pre-packaged goods and hot items to eat right then and there.
What was nice about the Public Works space was that there were two large bar areas, which added to the Friday night festivities. I got there on the early side, so didn’t have to deal with any lines or packed area. But it does feel that the Underground Market is just wading into the waters as it makes a return, just starting out with a smaller version of its former self.
Still, the spirit of the Underground Market is a great one to support as it showcases first-time small businesses using the market to test their wares and build a fan base. And now doing it in a market that can officially promote its purpose.
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