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SATURDAY UPTOWN MARKET -More vendors and different hours planned for this year

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:12 PM By JENNIFER NESBITT ThisWeek Staff Writer

Warm summer Saturdays may be months away, but plans already are under way for this summer's Saturday Uptown Market.

The market once again will be held each Saturday from the beginning of June until the end of September in the Church of the Messiah parking lot at the corner of North State and Home streets.

Organizer Renee Kropat, owner of Gallery 202, is working now to recruit artists, farmers and other vendors to fill the 2010 market.

"Last year, we were only able to start a few weeks before we opened," Kropat said. "We're trying to start now getting more farmers involved, more vendors, more crafts."

Last year's market brought about 20 vendors to Uptown, Kropat said, and this year, she said she would like to see that number closer to 30.

The market also mostly featured artists and craftsman selling items such as jewelry, paintings and baked goods in 2009, Kropat said, and while the 2010 market still will feature those types of vendors, the goal is to branch out to include more farm stands.

Also welcome are home vendors, such as Pampered Chef, which had a booth last year, she said, and charity groups, such as the Boy Scouts, who have expressed interest in setting up shop at the market.

"It is meant for people to come and buy whatever they might need from the artists and from the farmers," Kropat said.

In addition to a new mix of vendors, the 2010 Saturday market also will feature new hours. Last year's market ran from 9 a.m. to noon, but this year's is scheduled to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kropat said the change came at the request of market patrons and because vendors observed that more people were visiting the market closer to noon.

The time change also will put the market's hours more in line with the hours of Uptown businesses, which mostly open between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., allowing those who visit the market to visit Uptown shops during their visits,

Kropat said. She said she hopes the changes will help attract more people to the market in its second year, though she said it was met with good success last summer.

"We started slow, of course, and then it got better and better," she said. "Saturday market is sometimes better than weekday markets because people can't get out of work."

Those interested in learning more about the market, or obtaining a booth at the market, can visit www.uptownfarmersmarket.com or can call Gallery 202 at (614) 890-8202.

For the 18-week market, booth space will cost $100 for those who sign up before April 15 and $110 for those who sign up after.








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