Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

FARMERS MARKET in the WEST END! June 12, 2010

West End Farmers Market is now accepting Vendor Applications for the 2010 Green Market Season!

This Community Collaboration will host the Open Air Market every 1st Friday from June 4th to October 1st from 3pm to 8pm outside of Space Atl Restaraunt 1310 White Street (behind Dunkin Donuts in the Historic West End)

Enjoy open mic performance, locally grown produce, art, hand crafted jewelry, and wholesome merchandise with a view of the BeltLine Park.

Please join us in encouraging sustainable communities and vendors looking for a new way to market reserve your SPACE NOW!


SPACE Atlanta
1310 White Street
Atlanta Georgia 30310


SHOP LOCAL: Cute V-DAY PRESENTS! January 27, 2010

These cute magnets look just like heart candies! At $2.50 they're healthier for you and will last longer than candy. Buy:

Creamy pink SOY candles in salvaged cans! Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! 10% goes to Friends of the West End Park! Buy:

Cute alternative to traditional classroom Valentine's! Buy:


January is flying by! January 16, 2010

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Wow! I can’t believe it’ already January 16! The days are going pretty fast. Today, I spotted the tips of a Daffodil sprouting through the snow. I was delighted to see what’s to come soon. Thankfully, the weather is back to our normal temperatures. Yesterday, I went for a walk through the neighborhood. It was a beautiful day!

Robert and I stopped by the coffee shop and I met an amazing former West Ender who now lives in China. I also saw old friends and enjoyed looking at the art on the wall. Afterwards, I met a beautiful vendor, her name is ‘Mama’. Mama is from East Africa. She was crocheting a hat. She had earrings and other handmade things for sale. I bought some lovely bangles and earrings! I’ll show you pictures later, my camera’s battery is dead. You can find her off Ralph David Abernathy, she has a booth near Chantelle’s.

Today, Friends of the WE Park met. I couldn’t make the meeting because I had  company. Keanu attended on my behalf. Jamila will be emailing me notes for the blog. In february, we’re going to start Art in the park. Right now, I’m thinking one day a month and we’ll start with some knitting. Stay tuned for more details…I leave you with this picture of a knitted bicycle. Cute, right?


HANDMADE HOLIDAYS in the WEST END! December 23, 2009

Last Sunday, we hosted our first “Progressive Handmade Holiday Celebration and Craft Sale + Swap“…if you missed it here are some beautiful pictures taken by Debbie. The event was great! We look forward to continuing to build community in a way that is FRESH and supports LOCAL ARTISTS & ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES!

I love these little key chains and book marks!

Handcrafted beads become earrings...

Beautiful custom, hand knitted scarves at affordable prices. Made in the West End (Buy at

Local delicious cookies~Made in the West End!

Best Cookies-Made in the West End! Why buy anywhere else?

Checking out the swap table...

Locally grown in the West End!

SOUL FIRE-This hot sauce is the REAL DEAL!


Diego sells his gift tags...

SABROSO CATERING by Local Cooking Guru...Xochitl!


The children spend time together

My first block print : )

Hand-knitted drawstring pouches (Buy at

Gorgeous Quilts by Shannon!

Coquito-Puerto Rican Rum Holiday Drink!

Wanda's Bright Smile!

Homemade Jelly by Shannon-yummy!

Janvieve from the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center/Radio Diaspora

Adelina from the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

Robert's grandmother's gorgeous quilt

Authentic Calavera and Vejigante Magnets

I love the colors!

I handcrafted these magnets/ornaments...El SOL (sun) de JAYUYA-Taino (typo on tag-should read sun)

Mark, Kung Li + Rose

Mama Nanji

I made this key holder using salvaged wood. Buy at


SAVE YOUR MONEY… August 15, 2009

Recently, I went on Michael’s website ( and signed up to receive their newsletter via email. As a thank you gift, they emailed me a 50% discount coupon on any regularly priced item. This is a great way to purchase a higher ticket item at a great price! In addition to the first coupon, they just sent me other coupon for 20%. This is great for back-to-school shopping or to simply nurture the artist within. I hope it’s helpful for those of you who didn’t know about it!

Borders also has a wonderful rewards program: when you spend $50, you receive a $5 gift certificate. We also get 40% coupons for birthdays and other holidays like Father’s Day. This is an awesome way to save on “in-store”  books. Of course we want to support small, independent book stores such as Charis ( but when money gets tight, a rewards program such as this one may be a good alternative. On another hand, Charis Books offers awesome mini-workshops, authors signings, talks and you can always give them a donation while you’re there. They also have a wonderful selection of children’s books and an awesome bargain cart.


Don’t fall into advertisers hype on back-to-school shopping. The ads lead children and parents to believe that they need SO MUCH more stuff and therefore it only feels like your ready (or satisfied) when you’ve spent $$ and time at stores in preparation for the first day of school. First shop at home, go through your closet and take inventory of what you actually have, most students don’t need new backpacks or lunch boxes because nowadays these can last years (and still be in good shape). These are teachable moments for our children, where they can feel empowered to recycle and consume less. Instead of feeling embarrassed because they have the same backpack from last year, they should feel wise and great about the fact that they use what they have and are conscious of how much they consume. They can add buttons w/ positive messages about the environment or patches to be creative and help raise awareness.

Also, many of the summer clothes that you just bought a few months ago are still relatively new. They work just fine for the first few weeks of school so don’t disregard your recent investment. Sweatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts can extend the use of summer t-shirts by layering during the cooler fall evenings. Right now, Old Navy has jeans for $10 bucks and tops 2 for $10 plus tons of shorts on their sale rack. This is a great way to build your child’s basic wardrobe w/o spending tons of $$$-add to this a couple of thrift shop items and if you have a picky teen a couple of higher tag items that provide a unique touch to their wardrobe. Some of these items can be found for considerably less, check online, TJMAX, Filene’s Basement or Plato’s Closet. I would definitely limit those items to 2-3 key things that can be worn frequently such as a jacket, hats, shoes, etc.  Talking about Plato’s Closet, this unique thrift shop provides teens cash for gently worn designer/trendy clothes that may no longer fit or isn’t getting used. In return, teens can shop for clothes and find some really good deals.  Here’s their website: Save your money and in the process be good to the environment by producing less trash and raising strong and intelligent children.


THRIFTING: desk + porch swing! July 26, 2009


Love those legs! I was so excited to find this cute little corner desk-we've been needing a desk forever! (From GOODWILL)


WOW-check out this porch swing-I couldn't believe the price!


It still has a tag on it! Those of you who know me, know I've been wanting a porch swing for years but refused to pay Lowe/Hope Depot's price tag. SWEET!!!


SPACE-new WEST END restaurant! May 22, 2009

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We must support this new venture in the West End.

The restaurant is located in a renovated warehouse on 1310 white Street. Check out their menu: 

We are VERY EXCITED to have these young entrepreneurs, open shop in the neighborhood! Best of luck + blessings.

Ok here’s my review…I went over to SPACE today. The spot is to your right if you stay on White Street (West End/Westview neighborhoods). The restaurant is located in an old warehouse. As soon as I got there, I saw a few familiar faces. The staff was really friendly. The bar was well-stocked however they don’t have beer on draft. I looked over the menu and ordered a burger w/ yucca fries. I grew up eating yucca so I’m always suspicious when I see it on the menu b/c I’m not sure they’ll be cooked correctly. However, this yucca was delicious. I will mention that the yucca was served with marinara sauce which isn’t a a good companion-in my opinion. A cilantro-based, avocado sauce is a much better match. The burger was good. The service was attentive. My only criticism is some of the free-standing chairs and decor cheapen the experience but overall it’s a welcomed addition to the neighborhood.






MALCOLM X FESTIVAL 09 May 21, 2009

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The 20th Annual Malcolm X Festival will be held on May 30th in the West End Park. The event starts at noon. There will be vendors, live music, performances and children’s activities.


Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska. He dedicated his life to fighting for social justice. He took a stand against oppression & racial inequality. Malcolm X was murdered on February 21, 1965. To learn more about Malcolm X’s life:


For more information on the festival:


“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X

















We celebrate his birthday and unwavering commitment to Human Rights!


SHOP LOCAL! Every Tuesday. May 19, 2009

Okay–so I made it a point to get out of the house and go support all the lovely vendors at SWOOM. I pulled out my little spending money, created a budget for myself and headed south on Cascade. For some reason, I thought the market was in the West End + I was super excited that our neighborhood organized a summer/fall outdoor festival. I quickly realized that the market is right outside the neighborhood so keep going on Cascade + you’ll see it on your right. The people there were super NICE. There was a diverse group of vendors: a couple options for baked goods, amazing soaps & bath products, handmade jewelry, paintings, hand-crafted cards and fresh veggies. There were about 8-10 vendors. I bought a bundle of fresh lettuce, radishes, inscence, bath oil and handmade all natural soap. The market is still picking up but it’s definitely worth a visit. Support handmade + local vendors!

South West Outdoor Organic Market
May – October
Every Tuesday, 4:00pm until dusk