Knowing your market
Who named New York the city that never sleeps? Just two days after the busiest weekend of the season, wide-eyed locals brushed off the Strawberry Days fatigue to venture out to the Glenwood Springs Downtown Market.”It’s been great,” market manager Jan Harr said. “We’re really excited about the turnout.”
With the market starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, vendors such as Bonjour Bakery hadn’t planned for such crowds. Fresh steaks and Alaskan halibut attracted locals to the 8th Street Deli stand, where deli employee Jason Higgens said people should come out to the improved deli.For those who couldn’t stomach even more delectable foods after Strawberry Days, a stroll around the market took locals to live music and shopping for jewelry, art and other knickknacks.Beth Douglas, of New Castle, brought out the colors of her children’s mural business, Inner Spirit Designs. Angie Cliff, from Angie’s Hang-ups, dangled handmade quilts for locals to wrap up in on cool nights.In its first Tuesday night showing, the Downtown Market catered to local vendors as much as it did downtown businesses.
Artists like Sarah Washburn, of Artistic Impressions, used the market not only to promote business, but also to enjoy a summer evening doing what they like to do best.”I try to have a really unique style,” Washburn said. “It’s just nice because I can do what I love to do.””We wanted to attract the vendors because you’ve got to have them in order to attract the people,” Harr said.”I really want people to have fun and a large sense of community,” market manager Nancy Page said.
Glenwood locals Gary and Bonnie Broetzman said they came out just to see what it was like, and now are looking forward to other Tuesday nights this summer.”I think it will be interesting to see how this will change for the businesses,” Gary Broetzman said. “I just think it’s really good for the downtown businesses.”Exhaustion from the weekend passed over those who flocked to Ninth and Grand Avenue, something market managers said they didn’t worry about much, because of the character of Glenwood Springs.”Glenwood Springs is a beautiful city and people need to get out and enjoy it as much as they can,” Harr said.
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