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Special Houston Summer Sale Goes On — Unique Shopping in a Coronavirus World

More Than 80 Dealers Given a Valuable Business Lifeline

BY // 07.06.20
photography Gray Moore Photography

With the annual DASH (Design Art Style Home) Spring Market put on ice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the four energetic women who founded the popular, curated show of antique finds, stylish home goods and ethnic fashions opted for a DASH Market Summer Sale in late June. As might have been expected, the event looked quite different from previous markets.

Masks were required of all. Temperatures were taken. Social distancing was enforced. Hand sanitizers from Supa Skincare were situated throughout the vast Silver Street Studios event space. Signs indicated one-way aisle traffic. Capacity was limited to 50 percent. Contactless payment was available. On-site security handled crowd control.

There was continual cleaning and deep cleaning each night. Prior to opening, the warehouse building and the dealer booths were sanitized with surface disinfectant and antimicrobial protectant provided by Spike Health Solutions.

Large or small, markets, malls and other stores are taking extraordinary measures to guarantee the safety of employees as well as that of customers.

The pandemic notwithstanding, DASH founders Lisa Erwin, Michelle Maresh, Angela Poujol and Vanessa Sendukas were determined to provide some form of marketplace for merchants whose livelihood was endangered by closure of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and by cancellation of the Round Top spring antiques show and other local markets.

Thus, the DASH Summer Sale featured show specials, new inventory, and inventory closeouts from more than 80 unique dealers. Among them were Farafinya African Art, Christina Greene Jewelry, My Drink Bomb, Laurier Blanc, Jo Hyman Art, Kelly K Designs and Sapana Dreams.

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The fall DASH Market is scheduled for October 29 to November 1.

Among the dealers and visitors making the DASH Market Summer Sale were Roger and Debbie Clemens, KPRC Channel 2’s Courtney Zavala, Heidi Houston, CBRE’s Dena Wren, Keri Jo McCrory, Peyton Barrier, Becky Barrier, Kelly Anzilotti of Kelly K Designs and Suzanne Coppola of Laurier Blanc.

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