Mar­ket open Satur­day

Devel­op­ment group host­ing va­ri­ety of ven­dors

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/new Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

Any­one who en­joyed the out­door mar­ket in June might want to get some shop­ping bags ready.

The #bay­it­for­ward group, which fo­cuses on the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of Glace Bay, is host­ing an out­door mar­ket Satur­day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on Brodie Av­enue be­hind Talo Café Bar.

Mike Kel­loway, chair of #bay­it­for­ward, said this will be the group’s third mar­ket and the sec­ond one in an out­door set­ting. The first was held at the Savoy The­atre in Fe­bru­ary and the first out­door one on Brodie Av­enue in June.

“(The mar­ket is) about peo­ple meet­ing friends, peo­ple mak­ing new friends and peo­ple get­ting to see a busi­ness that they didn’t know was in Glace Bay. It’s about spread­ing aware­ness, sell­ing prod­uct, sell­ing ser­vice and keep­ing dol­lars in the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Kel­loway said there will be a mix of ven­dors at the mar­ket of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from food to the tra­di­tional small busi­ness prod­uct.

As of Wed­nes­day there were more than 10 ven­dors booked with room for more.

Part of #bay­it­for­ward’s man­date is to try new things and do things to spur eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

Kel­loway said the pub­lic will de­ter­mine if the mar­kets will be­come a per­ma­nent event.

“One of the things #bay­it­for­ward has to do is to de­ter­mine how to cre­ate th­ese kinds of mar­kets in more abun­dance to get a lit­tle in­no­va­tion around down­town shop­ping,” he said.

“I think it’s about get­ting cre­ative with our busi­ness part­ners and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. This is all about be­ing more in­no­va­tive, more col­lab­o­ra­tive for the busi­nesses in the down­town core but also for the busi­nesses out­side the down­town core.”

Kel­loway said at the mo­ment the group is work­ing on an ini­tia­tive with busi­nesses in Glace Bay that in­volves form­ing an al­liance with another coastal com­mu­nity in Nova Sco­tia. “Good things are hap­pen­ing.” Any­one wish­ing to book a ta­ble for the out­door mar­ket Satur­day can tele­phone Dave MacKeigan at 902-574-1856 or Pam Leader at the Savoy The­atre at 902-842-1599.

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