By Jamie O’Toole
There is nothing more satisfying than finding the perfect gift for a friend or family member. Whether for an upcoming holiday, in celebration of a birthday or graduation, or for no reason at all, the best presents are as exciting to find as they are give. This year locals will have the opportunity to experience that excitement on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, at the Premiere Market hosted by the Brazos Valley Symphony Society.
Not the average arts and crafts fair, the Premiere Market features 73 hand-picked merchants that fit the market’s upscale boutique theme including vendors from some of the big city markets such as The Christmas Affair in Austin and the Nutcracker Market in Houston. Thirty of the vendors are returning shoppers’ favorites from last year’s event, and 43 new vendors will join them offering unique clothing, jewelry, and gifts for men, women, and children of all ages.
Shoppers will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, dine at the concessions featuring a Tea Room menu, and enjoy live music by local artists. Onsite embroidery and laser engraving will be available. In addition to two days of general shopping, the Society has coordinated both a Sneak Peek Party on Thursday night and a Girls Night on Friday.
The Sneak Peek Party is a gala event complete with fine foods and entertainment offering the most dedicated shoppers the opportunity to purchase merchandise before the doors open on Friday. For a $25 admission fee, attendees will receive a glass of champagne, hors d’oeuvres catered by Global Events and Chef Tai Lee of Veritas, and a free pass to shop the rest of the weekend. Registration is online and must be done before March 20.
Girls Night is a new feature on Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For a $5 entrance fee, women will receive a free beverage and the chance to win door prizes. “When 5:30 rolls around, the whole ambiance will change,” says Lou Ellen Ruesink, Brazos Valley Symphony Society board member and event coordinator. “It is going to be real high energy!”
All proceeds benefit the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit organization aimed at maintaining high artistic quality and promoting the musical arts for both educational and cultural purposes throughout Brazos Valley. Events include an annual concert for children attended by thousands of Brazos Valley students. Through Society efforts, every orchestra member is a professional musician creating a first-rate orchestra, uncommon for an area of this size.
“We felt like it was long overdue that this area have a market, and it is a way we can give a gift back to the community by providing a quality market,” says Ruesink.
The Premiere Market
The Brazos Valley Symphony Society
Sneak Peek Party
April 3, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Premiere Market Day 1
April 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 4, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Premiere Market Day 2
April 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Brazos County Expo Complex
5827 Leonard Rd
Bryan, TX 77807
Admission is $5 per person for both days of public shopping; $25 for the Sneak Peek Party; and $5 for Girls Night