In­au­gu­ral Mer­chants in the Park event held in Veter­ans Park

The Dundalk Eagle - - NEWS - By MIKE URSERY murs­ery@ches­pub.com

Two long­time friends came to­gether to put on the first of five monthly events in 2020, called Mer­chants in the Park.

An­thony Makres, owner of Dude’s Snack At­tack in Dun­dalk’s his­toric downtown square, and Stacey Nagel, who over­sees op­er­a­tions at Soup for the Soul, are the two long­time friends. Nagel said that Makres has been sup­port­ing Soup for the Soul for the past few years.

Soup for the Soul once pre­pared meals for peo­ple as the “Sup­per Ta­ble” be­fore mov­ing to the old Dun­dalk United Methodist Church lo­ca­tion in the 6900 block of Morn­ing­ton Road in 2018.

“Our ta­ble was gifted one item from each ven­dor that An­thony pulled in,” Nagel said. “We were able to raf­fle off the items for $1 per ticket, rais­ing $200 to buy items needed for Soup for the Soul.”

In ad­di­tion to rais­ing money through prize raf­fles, Makres ad­ver­tised ahead of time that Soup for the

Soul needed um­brel­las and canned goods.

“It was a nice day with a great turnout, and we look for­ward to do­ing it again next month,” Nagel said.

Makres said he used to run ven­dor events at dif­fer­ent venues. Makres opened Dude’s Snack At­tack, lo­cated at 75 Shipping Pl., in 2018. He can no longer run ven­dor events now that he owns a candy store, he said. In­stead, he came up with the idea to hold ven­dor events in Veter­ans Park.

“For the most part, they’re ei­ther crafters, or di­rect sales, or real es­tate agents and things like that,” Makres said. “I think most of them are from the area.”

Peo­ple turned out for the event de­spite the op­pres­sive heat the day. The heat in­dex was above 100 de­grees, and water and tents to pro­vide shade were both ne­ces­si­ties that day. Sev­eral ven­dors with­stood the harsh con­di­tions for this in­au­gu­ral event.

Makres said Mer­chants in the Park was sup­posed to start in April, but re­stric­tions placed in re­sponse to the COVID-19 pan­demic put Makres’s idea on hold. Now that sev­eral re­stric­tions have been eased, he, Nagel and lo­cal ven­dors can con­tinue with Mer­chants in the Park as planned.

The next Mer­chants in the Park event will be held on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Makres said the event will also run in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

PHOTO BY MIKE URSERY

Jes­sica Sel­lars of Lula Roe by JR Rose

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April Reck­ord of Stitch Around (right) and Austin Hig­gin­bot­tom of Raved Cre­ations

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Kati Wood of Kati’s Kus­tom Cre­ations

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Kath­leen Quin­tanel of Avon

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