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Charlotte’s only night market

Nebel’s Alley Night Market started in 2018 to celebrate the re-established Design Center in South End. This intimate and indulgent market is one-of-a-kind in Charlotte, celebrating the history of the neighborhood and offering something to do during the sometimes lengthy wait time for surrounding popular restaurants in the area.

At this intimate affair you can find 30+ handmade and food vendors, live jazz music, free caricatures, and lantern-lit walkways, in addition to a few surprises.


2019 CALENDAR

April 5

June 7

August 2

October 4


attendee FAQ ✳

WHERE IS NEBEL’S ALLEY LOCATED AND WHAT TIME IS IT?

We pop up at The Design Center in South End from 5:30-9p. This market happens the first Friday of April, June, August, and October.

IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?

There is no entry fee!

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?

Yes! We're very dog friendly, but we do ask that you keep in mind how hot the asphalt is on their paws! Before you leave the house, put your hand on asphalt that's in the direct sun. If it's too warm on your hand, it's too hot for their paws.
  

ARE VENDORS CASH ONLY?

Vendors are not cash only and accept most credit cards, but cash always goes farther than a card. Some vendors allow a small cash discount. 

WHAT'S THE EASIEST PLACE TO PARK?

Parking in the area is limited to street parking on the surrounding streets (Hawkins Street, Camden Road, Worthington Avenue) in addition to a $5 paid lot on Worthington Avenue.

HOW MANY VENDORS SETUP AT THE MARKET?

There are 30+ small businesses who join us at each market!

what can I expect?

Live jazz music, free caricatures, and shopping under the stars! We try to have a few fun surprises at each market, but our lips are sealed until then.

where’s a good place to eat in the area?

Peruse the market while you wait for your dinner reservation at the following restaurants: Superica, Barcelona Wine Bar, Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop, and Hawker’s and grab ice cream from Jeni’s post-dinner.

who can we thank for making this happen?

While we put the work in to making this happen, we can’t thank The Design Center, Asana Partners, JLL enough for the constant support with this market. Our biggest supporter though is Historic South End. When they brought this idea our way, they said they’d help with whatever it took to make it happen!

Friends having fun at Nebel’s Alley Night Market.

Friends having fun at Nebel’s Alley Night Market.

vendor FAQ ✳

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIME IS THE EVENT?

This event happens the first Friday of April, June, August, and October from 5:30-9p.

WHAT TYPE OF VENDORS DO YOU LOOK FOR?

We currently only work with small businesses from across Charlotte and the surrounding region. We don't work with chains, big box stores, or direct sales representatives. We are constantly looking for vendors with great branding, a well-known presence, and a unique product and presentation.

DO I NEED A NC SALES AND USE TAX ID TO PARTICPATE?

Yes, you must supply the above to participate and we collect it on the application. Visit here, to learn more.

HOW MUCH IS A BOOTH?

Booth spaces are $75 for a 5x8 foot general space. We cannot accommodate food trucks or mobile vendors.

IS THE VENDOR FEE REFUNDABLE?

Your vendor fee is non-refundable. If we host a market and you decide not to participate for any reason, your fee cannot be returned or credited towards another event. If we cancel a market due to safety issues with the weather, we will hold a non-refundable administrator fee and push forward the other portion to a future market.

WHAT IS PROVIDED?

Nebel’s Alley Night Market provides the overall event and the foot traffic. All vendors must provide their own setup, including tables, chairs, equipment. We do not permit tents at this market unless there is adverse weather in the forecast (there’s just not space!)

A table and chair can be rented from Esther and Elsa Retail for $30 per event. It will be setup prior to your arrival.

WHEN DO APPLICATIONS COME OUT?

Applications currently go out one time, approximately three month prior to each market date. You have one week to apply past the date of the application, and one week to pay once you've received your acceptance. Failure to pay on-time or to provide a reason for a late payment, means your space will be passed to someone on the waiting list.

HOW DOES THE WAITING LIST WORK?

We generally have an average of 10 businesses on our waiting list for each market. The waiting list is notified if there is a space for them a week after acceptances go out and have two days to pay their $75 vendor fee.

HOW ARE VENDORS CHOSEN FOR A MARKET?

The first vendors accepted are the ones that best fit our brand and what attendees are looking for. We look for vendors that offer a smaller gift-able item that can easily be taken to dinner. We also believe heavily in good branding, an outgoing personality, and a hard worker.

DO I HAVE TO BE A REGISTERED BUSINESS WITHIN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA?

Vendors are required to do what they need to to legally sell in the state of North Carolina. Please visit www.nc.gov for more information.

DO I NEED TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Yes, we require our our vendors to accept credit cards. 

IS THERE WIFI OR ELECTRICITY FOR VENDORS?

We do not provide wifi at this time and electricity is available upon request on a very select basis. Generators are allowed upon approval and must be silent.

WHAT ARE YOUR POLICIES SO I CAN MAKE SURE I FULLY UNDERSTAND THE OPERATION?

You can find our TERMS and CONDITIONS here. You can find our GUIDELINES and GOVERNING POLICIES here.