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.
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.
There is no entry fee!
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.
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.
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.
There are 30+ small businesses who join us at each market!
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.
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.
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!
This event happens the first Friday of April, June, September, and November from 5:30-9p.
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.
Yes, you must supply the above to participate and we collect it on the application. Visit here, to learn more.
Booth spaces are $85 for a 5x8 foot general space. We cannot accommodate food trucks or mobile vendors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, we require our our vendors to accept credit cards.
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.