With less than a week away from the grand start of the Malden Summer Festivities 2021, we want to take the time to let you know that things are really coming together! There is still plenty of free merchant spots open for the taking, so there’s still time to apply and get involved.
We can tell you right now that this first day is going to be nothing short spectacular! Kevin Duffy, business strategist and planner of the Mayor of Malden himself has been working very diligently to lock-in all the attractions intended for the attendees to engage in and enjoy. From music bands to circus performers, parades to decoration, over a dozen artists and community contributors and pitching-in, and so much more! The passion and creativity being poured into all of this is without doubt.
Not only that, but we have great news regarding the cosplay side of things. After further planning with Mr. Duffy, we decided we are going to have a freestyle crowd-pick-out competition. What do we mean by that? All attendees that show-up to the event space dressed in cosplay has the privilege to ask us at our community table for a ticket number. Towards the end of the day timeslot of August 7th (around 4-5PM) we will call to the stage everyone who has gotten a number for the crowd to decide who has the best cosplay for a grans prize of a gift certificate to preselected Malden Pleasant St. restaurant chosen directly with geeks in-mind! There will be three ranking winners:
3rd PLACE: $50
2nd PLACE: $75
1st PLACE: $100
Those are all certainly generous amounts to treat oneself with! The places we have been thinking about include the following establishments on the street that the event will be taking place:
Spicy World - 157 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
Known for its flavor-packed Asian cuisine, adult bar, and arcade-style video game system, this place is built to make anyone looking for a memorable dine-in experience, throw-back a couple of quality cocktails, and flex their joystick skills at Tekken and Street Fighter like back in the college days. This place really has a flair to it!
Kung Fu Tea - 3 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
Small, subtle, and sweet-scented, this drink shop is where you go for a nice, cold, refreshing beverage during a warm day or just to have something delicious to sip on while on-the-go. Whether you are looking for a bubbly boba burst or a creamy cocoa concoction, you can bet this is where you will get it!
Zuru Zuru Ramen and Donburi - 74 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
What is a marketplace for geeks and otakus without a ramen joint? A marketplace that is sorely missing out, that’s for sure, and something no Malden patron should be doing, either! A recent addition to the area, this humble Japanese-owned kitchen home of authentic rice and noodle bowls handmade by chefs who clearly understand the taste and techniques of the country itself. Pick your base dish, select your toppings and sauces, and enjoy a satisfying meal that you won’t regret spending money on.
Mixer eSports - 96 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
If there was any reason to call Pleasant Street the “Gaming District” of Malden, this would be it. Formerly managed by Wanyoo Gaming Café, this area neighbored right next to the famous Boda Borg is where you will find all the hardcore MMO players in town. With many rent-out offices for private group sessions, big screens to watch your favorite movies on, and even a small lounging space that accompanies the concession area stocked with all the snacks and soft drinks geeks and gamers love.
And this is just a taste (literally) of what we have been looking into! All of this starts this weekend of the 12th. You seriously do NOT want to miss this opening day! We couldn’t be more excited for this weekend, and we hope all of you are, too.