New craft mar­ket opens to­day

Event will run when cruise ships are docked

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER CAPE BRE­TON POST jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

Joe Wood­ford first be­came an en­tre­pre­neur in his early 60s, open­ing his busi­ness called The Sand Stop, fea­tur­ing trac­tion sand, salt and con­crete prod­ucts.

In Septem­ber, he came up with the idea of host­ing a ven­dor and craft mar­ket where peo­ple could pro­mote their own work and sell home­made prod­ucts.

Af­ter think­ing about the idea through­out the win­ter, Wood­ford de­cided to ap­proach the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch 12 in Syd­ney with the idea of pos­si­ble host­ing the event there.

“I thought the place was the per­fect fit,” said Wood­ford. “I posed the ques­tion to the le­gion and they were agree­able to it.”

The ven­dor and craft mar­ket isn’t like the reg­u­lar weekly event. This ven­dor and craft mar­ket will only take place when cruise ships are docked in Syd­ney.

With 90 ship calls for the port this year, Wood­ford knew he had to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity.

“It gives ven­dors and crafters an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their work, while also mak­ing some money, which they will likely spend in our com­mu­nity,” said Wood­ford. “It also gives the cruise ship pas­sen­gers an­other venue to see and ex­pe­ri­ence some of the cul­ture in Cape Bre­ton.”

Right now, Wood­ford has 11 ta­bles booked for the first event, sched­uled for to­day when the Maas­dam cruise ship brings 1,266 pas­sen­gers to Syd­ney.

Aside from Wood­ford’s mar­ket, a ven­dor and craft mar­ket al­ready takes place at the Joan Har­riss Pav­il­ion when cruise ships are docked.

Wood­ford said he’s not try­ing to take busi­ness away from those ven­dors and crafters.

The ven­dor and craft mar­ket is not only for cruise ship pas­sen­gers, but also for the gen­eral public, said Wood­ford.

“It will also give the public a chance to come in and see some of the things they don’t nor­mally see — if they don’t go to the flea mar­ket, they prob­a­bly wouldn’t see some of this stuff.”

The 2017 cruise ship sea­son ends Oct. 30 when the Seven Seas Mariner vis­its the is­land. Wood­ford would like to see all 20 avail­able ta­bles filled through­out the cruise ship sea­son.

Ad­mis­sion to the ven­dor and craft mar­ket is free to the public. Ta­bles are $20 each and $15 for ad­di­tional ta­bles. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a ta­ble, phone Wood­ford at 902-5627620 or 902-549-2000.

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