It’s a beautiful Monday morning here at Marty Magic: the sun is shining, the coffee’s on, and Marty & crew are recounting the events of the weekend at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. Set in swanky downtown Los Altos, the event features artisan vendors, live music, and a variety of activities from wine tasting to a kids’ play area. It’s been several years since Marty and Alisha participated in this festival and they report that they were lucky to have perfect weather and a great turn out. They got to see a few old friends and visit with some of their favorite regular customers!
Setting up and staffing a booth is no small feat and requires much preparation. Saturday morning starts with a 3:00 A.M. alarm, quick showers, gulps of coffee and an hours drive to the festival site. By 5:00 A.M. the crew is setting up the double booth and as the light dawns, painstakingly arranging the jewelry display. All this plus attending to customers and supervising merchandise can make for a very draining weekend — even with Marty, Alisha, and Emily all in attendance. Marty returned singing praise for the efficiency of all in getting the booth and jewelry set up in record time. This gave them early morning time to browse the stalls and visit the other vendors, something they don’t often get to do!
One of their neighbors (from their actual Santa Cruz neighborhood) had a booth just down from theirs. He was staffing his booth on his own, so Emily and Alisha graciously helped him out throughout the weekend. Sometimes it can even be difficult to find time to eat. With a 20 foot booth, Marty always has two assistants because that third person is absolutely necessary to make food runs, give bathroom breaks, run the unexpected errand and assist in sales during the busy times. Kudos, Alisha and Emily!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and for those who couldn’t: we’ll see you next year!