Pitt Street Brewing Company held its “Christmas in July” event at the brewery on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring six local vendors.
The Christmas in July event was held at the brewery to showcase the work of local small businesses in and around Pitt County, according to the event’s Facebook page.
Mary Ann Ricks, the tap room manager at Pitt Street, said that the brewery staff decided to host the Christmas in July event after several local vendors reach out to them about hosting an event at the brewery.
“We (Pitt Street) have the space to hold the event, but because of COVID-19 and so many festivals and fairs getting shut down, there’s definitely a need for places for them (vendors) to be able to come and sell their goods. We decided to give it a try in July, and July 25 happened to fall on a Saturday, so it was the perfect day to have a Christmas in July event,” Ricks said.
The vendors featured at the Christmas in July event included Double Diamond Pottery and Gallery, Joywick Candles, Little Creek Market, Kaitlyn’s Kreations and Black Peace Vibes, according to Ricks. RAW Plastic, another vendor there, has partnered with Pitt Street to upcycle the brewery’s plastic cups into artwork, Ricks said.
During the Christmas in July event, the brewery had safety procedures in place to avoid the risk of COVID-19. This included the vendors staying seven to eight feet apart from each other, having doors propped open, staying under the occupation capacity and requiring all guests to wear masks, Ricks said.
The Christmas in July event went well, according to Ricks. She said Pitt Street may try to do more markets in the future with rotating vendors.
“We (Pitt Street) had a really good turnout. We were nervous because it was our first one, but I think we had a really good response from the vendors, and they said they had a great turnout and would love to have another market,” Ricks said.