Shop Local

A haven for all things local, Market Street, a brand-new space supporting homegrown artists, crafters and designers, have opened their doors in Bahrain.

Offering a solution to the transient nature of popup markets in Bahrain, the newly opened Market Street is providing a permanent venue for local vendors to showcase their products.

Located in Umm Al Hassam, behind the British Club and in front of Manama Auctions, Market Street is a repurposed old villa that has been transformed into a hub for crafters. Currently accommodating 60 vendors, with room for more, the market boasts a diverse range of products, including jewellery, abayas, candles, soaps, gemstones, kurtas, fire pits, socks and crocs, hand-painted lampshades, skincare products, artwork and paintings, gift baskets, pet treats, pet clothes, cutting and serving boards and much more.

More than just a marketplace, Market Street aims to create a space where local artisans can collaborate and foster a sense of community. The market also encourages shoppers to support local businesses, which in turn benefits the community. The venue hosts regular events, including workshops and gatherings in their outdoor garden area. In just a short time since opening, Market Street have already seen success with their initial events, attracting significant interest and footfall.

“I created this space to give the local artists a place to be seen,” said Market Street Founder Bradley Cox. “Sure, we all take part in the regular pop-up markets but the artists can be easily dismissed as soon as people leave the market. This venue gives those artists a place to be seen and a voice as a collective. It also gives the public a place to shop locally on a regular and consistent basis. If you need to do some shopping, why not buy from someone in your community? We hope that this establishment will be a permanent fixture in the Bahrain community for vendors and patrons alike. We always say, shop local Bahrain.”

Market Street is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Their upcoming event, May Fest Pop-Up, to be held on May 3, from 6pm to 10pm, will feature 95 plus vendors. So, grab your baskets, shop to your heart’s content and support your favourite local. ✤