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Your 2024 Guide to The Local

 

New year, new guide! With the start of The Local 2024 approaching this February, we wanted to give you a guide to the remixed, reimagined, and reinspired era of The Local. Whether you want to know what it looks like to be a vendor, how to audition to become a performer at our markets, or learn about the 'Top 10 Tricks for Your First Market,' this guide will help you fully experience all that The Local has to offer with the first-hand tips from our Market Manager.


 





This year at The Local, we have reinspired, reimagined, and remixed to create a new and improved era of The Local! This guide will help you fully experience all that The Local has to offer, from one of the creative individuals that curates this experience for you.


The Importance of Artisans

We create a platform to uplift and showcase the best creators, producers, and makers in the Greater Brazos Valley and beyond. A handful of artisans took a leap of faith with us back in 2017. Now, we have the opportunity to host a market that over 100 vendors are proud to call one of their homes. Without the dedication and support of local artisans, The Local could not support and uplift their businesses through our markets. Each of our artisans has a unique talent and story that they have chosen to share with our community, so I hope that you will take the time on a Tuesday to come listen.


Experience The Local

Each market is unique with a new lineup of vendors, musicians, artists, and more! Held on each 3rd Tuesday of the month, come and try homemade treats inspired by cultures around the world or find inspiration in accessories and home goods that are as one-of-a-kind as you. Each market is centered around Lake Walk Pavilion from 4-7 PM, so be sure to visit each vendor because you never know when you’ll see them next.


More Than Just a Market

This year we have added live music to our market and will continue to expand our ability to showcase more artists of all disciplines. There will be one live performance at The Local starting at 5 PM featuring a rising star in our community. In addition to this performance, we hope to allow budding musicians a chance to audition live throughout the year. If you’re interested in being a musician at The Local, follow this link to learn more!


Welcome to Our Home

Lake Walk is home to The Local and several other unique and best-in-class businesses for you to enjoy. Grab a drink from POV at the start of your stay and save room for dinner at Campfire Restaurant and Kanji Sushi. Featuring their own unique shopping experiences, take a peek at 6Whiskey and The Board Room - opening soon. Need a breather to take it all in? Make a reservation at Woodhouse Spa for any of their signature services.


The Local has all of this to offer and more each third Tuesday of the month and at our Night Bazaars this year! Mark your calendars and text your friends, because this is an experience unlike any other in Bryan, TX.

 
 

1. Stay Hydrated & Nourished 🌮

Held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 4-7 PM, The Local is the perfect place to come shop with friends, grab a drink and a snack from our wonderful vendors, and take in the soothing sounds of Lake Walk. Did we mention food trucks? There are endless options for all to enjoy! Whether surviving a typical Texas summer or soaking up the sweet breeze during fall, there is plenty to enjoy while keeping yourself hydrated and nourished.


2. Soak Up the Vibes 🎶

New to The Local this year, each month will feature a local, up-and-coming artist who will grace the Lake Walk stage with their unique style starting at 5 PM. As you shop the one-of-a-kind selection of vendor products, listen for the raw, relatable stories that can sometimes only be expressed in the form of a song. Better yet, stick around and do a debrief of your haul with friends while sitting by the lake!


The Local is an all-immersive experience like never before. So, come and enjoy a much-needed break from work or classes on a relaxing Tuesday evening, and let the soothing sounds carry you away.




3. Blaze Your Own Trail 👟

Whether stopping by after work or on a mission to find the perfect gift, you will not be disappointed with all that Lake Walk has to offer. Centrally located across from The Stella Hotel, The Local offers a hub for exploration with local vendors sprawling across the turf, lake access, and unique retail experiences that you won't want to miss. While you're at Lake Walk, don't forget to stop by and pick up items that perfectly encapsulate the Texas lifestyle from 6Whiskey. Feeling stressed? Go see true relaxation artists at Woodhouse Spa who know just what you need. You have the ability to forge a unique path while experiencing Lake Walk and we hope you'll take it all in one step at a time.


First time at Lake Walk? Check out our parking map for easy access to an all-immersive experience.


4. Bring Extra Hands for Your Haul 🛍️

Everything is better when we experience it with those we care about! Gather up the crew and come shop with local businesses that put immense pride into every product. Relax by the lake and make lasting memories on a beautiful Tuesday at The Local.


5. Tote Bags? Yes, Please!

What better way to experience local art than by picking up a tote bag designed by a local artist? Since our inception in 2017, The Local has utilized tote bags to help tell the story of our community. This year we have partnered with local graphic designer, John Kaser with Double Vision, to help create a tote that reflects who we are. Right now, the only way to see this year's exclusive design is to come to The Local while our daily supply lasts.



6. Bring the Whole Crew - Both Two and Four-Legged 🐾

No need to leave your beloved furry friends at home; The Local at Lake Walk is a pet-friendly haven! With multiple pet waste stations and sprawling trails throughout Lake Walk, you'll want to come shop with your favorite four-legged bestie. Our leashed pets throughout Lake Walk bring another exciting element to The Local on Tuesdays and we hope you'll consider bringing your companion to experience it all with you.


7. Need a Pick-Me-Up? Try POV Coffeehouse ☕️

At POV you can find specialty espresso-based drinks made by baristas that specialize in making each moment memorable. With their witty banter, question of the day, and custom-blended beans from Polite Coffee Roasters, each day at POV will be a unique and welcoming experience.


8. Dinner at Kanji and Campfire 🍣

If you're looking for something more substantial than treats and snacks, look no further than our local dining rooms! Kanji Sushi features modern Japanese fair and fresh sushi using fish delivered daily. During The Local, check out Kanji Social Hour for small bites and craft cocktails. Campfire Restaurant delivers impeccable service and innovative dishes with their devotion to creating dishes with all the flavors and depth of Texas heritage.


9. Meet Our Talented Artisans 👋

At the heart of all we are at The Local, there are passionate vendors with stories and talent that deserve a platform to be shared. Each of our vendors goes through a selective recruitment process that includes the story of how they became an artisan. Don't be afraid to ask them what inspired their latest products or learn how your support impacts their lives.



10. Relax! Enjoy An All-Immersive Experience ☀️

The Local at Lake Walk has so much to offer from our artisan vendors, budding musicians, and thriving retail community that we get to call home. Each market is unique as the ecosystem we are cultivating grows each month.


 

Are you a local artisan or musician looking for a creative community to grow? The Local at Lake Walk is always looking to bring new talent into our close-knit community. Apply today!



 

Tristan Estrada - Market Manager

Starting as the Events and Marketing Intern for Lake Walk, Tristan uses his talents in communication and strategic design to ensure The Local continues to be a best-in-class experience. As Market Manager, Tristan is often behind the scenes reviewing vendor applications and working with budding musicians to continually create a space for our Bryan-College Station community that inspires the artisan in every one of us.



Emmah Bell - Market Coordinator

Joining the team in August of 2023, Emmah is a current junior at Texas A&M University majoring in Marketing Analytics & Consulting. Specializing in content creation and consumer behavior, Emmah's passion for cultivating long-lasting relationships through the power of marketing has created a new voice for our vendors; continuing to keep them at the heart of all we do. On any given Tuesday at The Local, you'll find Emmah welcoming you to Lake Walk at The Local tent or striking up a conversation with one of our talented vendors.

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