Brooklyn Flea’s D.C. Outpost Calls It Quits

Brooklyn Flea

District Flea, the Brooklyn Flea empire's Beltway outpost that opened just last summer, is going on permanent hiatus. Manager Hugh McIntosh said it was just time; despite a weekly showing of 70 vendors, including a food component featuring locally made kombucha, fleagoer interest "was diminishing each week." Michael Sussman, who founded nearby U Street Flea, called it sad but inevitable because they "didn't understand the D.C. market," claiming "[t]hey were more interested in selling food and beer rather than attracting good quality antiques and collectibles vendors." It may not be the last of the Brooklyn-based market, however. "We think this location still has a lot of potential," founder Eric Demby said in a letter, "so stay tuned for news in the future." [WP]