Community Volunteers Pledge Ongoing Support for The Market
Nov 4, 2014
Community volunteers have confirmed their support for the ongoing development of a revitalized public Market in Downtown Sudbury. The Downtown Market Working Group, composed of 12 citizens representing Downtown Sudbury businesses, The Market, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, the Sudbury & District Health Unit and other interested citizens, will conclude their formal mandate at the end of the current Council term on November 30.
“As a Market vendor, it’s enjoyable to work with positive individuals for the benefit of our community,” said Daniel Mainville, Chair of the Downtown Market Working Group. “To really grow, our group agrees that we need a vision for The Market that is engaging, that reflects the character of our city and that is easy to understand. We hope to continue to volunteer our time to reflect this vision and to develop The Market as one of the best in the North.”
The Market completed its second season at its new location next to the CP/VIA Rail Station on October 26. A Report to Council, submitted by the Downtown Market Working Group on November 4, indicates a successful 36-day Market season. Final attendance, average sales and consumer and vendor surveys are being compiled and will be available by early December.
A total of 37 vendors participated in The Market this year, including 22 returning vendors, selling a variety of products including fresh produce, baked goods, spices, teas, crafts and jewelry. Each weekend saw an average attendance of 675 with peaks during such special events as the annual Blueberry Bash and two Animals and Antiques themed weekends.
Results of consumer and vendor surveys will be considered to determine optimum operating hours, site design, marketing tactics, special events and vendor recruitment tactics for the 2015 Market season. The Working Group has also expressed interest in working closely with the future development of the Elgin Street Greenway, a proposed green and active transportation corridor that will connect Downtown Sudbury with existing trail systems.