It’s official: summer is winding down and fall is fast approaching. We can feel it in the cooler evening temps and we know it with the school buses back in action! I cannot think of a better way to end summer than a party… oh wait, I can! A party WITH a cause!

The Summer Social at THE Market is exactly that.

Get ready for an evening or day of delight (or come both days!) at The Summer Social at THE Market.

The market summer social details
Join us for this one of a kind event where we bring together our permanent storefront and guest vendors for you shopping enjoyment!

THE Market: A Journey to Joy is a 4,000 square feet retail space hosting 38 makers, crafters and curators that gives Quad Citians one of the most unique shopping experiences. Think Etsy in real life; or your favorite big weekend market brought indoors and available to you year-round!

denise hnykta angie sharp kate thompson the market wqad
The ladies of WQAD and THE Market stand behind and with Dress for Success Quad Cities as they put down an anchor in their new permanent location.

THE Market along with WQAD are proud to host the Summer Social on August 23 from 4pm-8pm and August 24th from 10am-4pm to benefit Dress for Success Quad Cities.

Dress for Success Quad Cities

Dress for Success Quad Cities is an organization focused on helping unemployed or underemployed women search for a job successfully, learn how to interview, dress for the interview and the career, helps these women retain the job they want, and it offers career counseling of all kinds. Dress for Success is more than just clothes; it’s a non-profit that literally changes the lives of our fellow women, and thereby their families.

Don't forget the kiddos! So many great options for the kids as well
Don’t forget the kiddos! We offer many great options for the kids as well.

You know when the moms’ lives are better, the kids’ lives are better. Dress for Success is changing the future of these underprivileged families. After the recent flood, Dress for Success Quad Cities has found themselves on a hunt for a new location. Their former building being located in downtown Davenport and no longer rentable, they need more than their usual funds.

Summer Social: All the Details

That’s where the Summer Social comes in. THE Market and WQAD are rallying together to host an party that is totally jam packed with fun shopping, delicious food, fantastic live music, and exciting make-and-take workshops. The $5 entry fee into the Summer Social at THE Market goes directly to Dress for Success Quad Cities. The rest of the fun is totally for you and your enjoyment.

home decor summer social at the market
To ensure there’s something for everyone, we have home décor in a variety of genres. Be sure to check out the Bohemian style of Arlo & Elm!

If you haven’t been to THE Market yet, it is hard to envision the set-up. We host 38 permanent makers, crafters and curators. The large retail floor has several small shops within that space offering home décor, bath and body products, children’s clothing and accessories, and an additional 1,500 square foot clothing boutique with nine different clothing vendors!

THE Market is also home to an additional space with MORE home décor and bath and body products along with awesome snack and food options including salsa, cookies, and popcorn. It’s like a little slice of heaven. This layout is available year-round!

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No shopping trip is complete without a snack break!

At THE Market, we are normally open Wednesday-Friday from 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4. For the Summer Social, all this perfection will be available PLUS 20 guest vendors on third floor of the building. Can I get a, “Whoot whoot”?! Shopping bliss!

Will there be food at the Summer Social? In a word, ABSOLUTELY. A party isn’t a party without fabulous food, so we are gating off our back lot and lawn for food trucks! You’ll find Wiley’s Back Road BBQ and Grill, Cool Beanz, Country Style Ice Cream, Uncle Buds, Streets of Italy (Friday only), and Taco’s Al Vapor (Saturday only).


And surrounding the food trucks? Our stage for live music!

Argrows House soap summer social THE market
Handmade bath and body care items by women healing from violence and abuse from Argrow’s House in Davenport. We have causes within causes at our shop!

We are capping off our Summer Social at THE Market with make-and-take workshops! Love’s Locker Room will host a t-shirt making class and conversation. Welcomes to Adore will guide you in hoop wreath making. Little Sweets Designs will teach you how to use textured buttercream to make beautiful desserts. These are ticketed workshops which can be found on our Facebook page.

It’s going to be THE party of the summer. Summer Social at THE Market is a fantastic girls day out, a totally family friendly event, or a nice day to take some time to yourself, and support fabulous women like you and a great cause all at once!

quad cities katie thompson the market summer soc

Katie Thompson, owner and curator of THE Market: A Journey to Joy, lives a life of purpose and passion. She set out to create a unique experience for Quad Citizens by blending some of her favorite pastimes and current interests together. Thompson is a mother of one daughter and step-mother to 3 sons and a daughter and is married to her husband, Chuck. From education to human rights issues, you can find Thompson fighting for a cause! 





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