When it comes to play dates, Denise Anderson said her daughter always has the cutest hair.

When it comes to play dates, Denise Anderson said her daughter always has the cutest hair.

The Lewis Center resident designs hand-crafted bows, ribbons, clips, headbands and more for Itty Bitty Bowtique, a business she runs out of her home.

Anderson will take to the streets of Powell next month as a vendor in the first of three Downtown Powell Street Market events in 2012.

The event, organized by Historical Downtown Powell Inc., will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 on Olentangy Street, Liberty Road and nearby side streets. HDPI Executive Director Anna Steck said more than 125 vendors will line the streets, selling art, collectibles, antiques, plants, produce and food, including artisan bread and local honey.

Itty Bitty Bowtique represents a shift that Steck said the market has seen in recent years, away from antiques and vintage items and toward arts and crafts – though Steck added it does still feature a variety of antiques dealers.

Anderson said she's always been crafty but began taking her business seriously after hair accessories she designed for her daughter started to draw compliments.

Today, her website, ittybittybowtique.com, features hundreds of colorful, whimsical items for girls of all ages.

The accessories come in themes from American flags and floral prints to sports.

Anderson said it's her first time participating in the street market in years.

"It's a very well-organized event with a great variety of customers," she said, "and it's a lot of fun."

This year marks the first year the street market is a juried event.

A panel of local merchants, artists and volunteers selected vendors to ensure a variety of quality sellers, Steck said.

"We truly believe that this is the way to keep the quality up," she said. "Many of our vendors are true artisans in their craft and come to us from other juried shows."

Shoppers can enjoy food and beverages from Downtown dining establishments during and after the event, Steck said.

Many local businesses will have special sales and discounts during this year's markets.

The Downtown Powell Street Market will be held two other times during 2012: July 29 and Sept. 9. The event is held rain or shine, and admission and parking are free. Parking is available on West Olentangy and Depot streets.

Residents interested in becoming vendors can apply at the website visitpowell.com.