T-Shirt Market at Fountain Square: Local artists show off Cincy flair at annual T-shirt Market

CINCINNATI – What better way to show off your Queen City pride than by wearing a locally designed T-shirt to a rock show in the heart of town.

On Friday, Fountain Square will be decked out in its Cincinnati-themed duds with the return of the annual T-Shirt Market. The event coincides with the free MidPoint Indie Summer Concert.

"We want everyone to come down and be part of this event," said Brittney Carden with Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, or 3CDC , which has hosted the yearly event since 2009. "Fountain Square is the heart of the city, it's Cincinnati's living room, and we think this event celebrates our love of art and celebrating local businesses."

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, businessmen, tourists and passersby can explore aisles of specially-made garments and apparel inspired by the Tri-State and designed by some of the area's finest graphic artists.

Attendees will find a variety of unique offerings from small businesses and printers, featuring popular city landmarks, locals-only inside jokes and iconic logos of some the city's numerous historic sports franchises.

Shoppers can also grab a bite to eat from a gourmet food truck, Bistro de Mohr , during lunchtime (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) while browsing the market.

"We want people to invest in their city, financially and emotionally," Carden said. "It builds a really important bond between people and their community."

Vendors including the following local companies:

2014 T-shirt Market Vendors
Loyal Clothing
Deadstar Apparel
Cincy Threads
Zip Zoo Apparel
Be Ohio Proud
Cincy Shirts
The Parative Project
My Label
On the Route Printing
Original Thought Required
Exposed Clothing, LLC
State of Devotion

If you can’t squeeze all of your shopping into one lunch break, check back later in the evening for another opportunity to peruse the merchandise. Be sure to stick around the Square for the free indie rock concert, part of the Summer Music Series .

"Midpoint Indie Summer, it's another great event in the city and we think it really ties in to the T-shirt Market," Carden said. "It's just a bunch of independent artists, no matter how you look at it. They're all independent, new and fresh."

The lineup for Friday's show includes music from local headliner, Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites, along with the DAAP Girls, Mardou and Young Colt. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Full bar service and drink specials available during evening hours.

"It's about fun, it's about bringing attention to the city and attracting people to the downtown area," Carden said. "We want to find ways to bring a new audience of people downtown, expose them to something they haven't seen before."

Friday's event is just another in a long line of pro-Cincinnati initiatives instituted by 3CDC , a private, nonprofit real-estate development organization focused on revitalizing the city's urban core.

It partners with the city of Cincinnati and the local corporate community to develop spaces and host events. 3CDC also manages and programs activities at two of the city's great civic spaces, Fountain Square and Washington Park.

In addition to concerts and the T-shirt sale, the organization helps put on a weekly farmers market , food festivals, a "Trivia Night" and a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year.

"First of all, we (3CDC) want all of the city's residents to have pride in where they live," Carden said. "One way we do that is by showing off all the city has to offer, which includes parks and restaurants but also bigger things like concerts and festivals."

You can find out more information about events at Fountain Square and Washington Park online or through apps for your smartphone.


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