Blyth Artisan Market moves to CRC location - June 21, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Blyth Artisan Market will soon be pulling up roots and moving down the road to its new site at the Blyth Christian Reformed Church.
The market is an initiative of the Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA) in a partnership with the Blyth Destination Development Partnership
Organizer Amy Zoethout said the market was finding difficulty attracting people to its temporary site in the alley behind the Blyth Royal Canadian Legion Branch and Blyth Memorial Hall.
As a result of those challenges, the market sought out partnerships with other community groups and found a willing host in the Blyth Christian Reformed Church.
Zoethout said the new site, which she plans on organizing as a sidewalk-adjacent market, will be more visible to people travelling to and from the community.
She also said that the more visible location will attract more vendors, saying that the relationship between them and the shoppers is very much a “chicken and egg” situation.
“You need vendors to attract crowds,” she said.
The move will help the group grow and meet its mandate of having people support local makers as well as get to know them.
Some makers provide on-site demonstrations, which Zoethout encouraged shoppers to take in. She said part of the benefit of the market is shoppers being able to ask questions of the vendors to get a better idea of their processes, inspirations and final products.
The market runs 3:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays with musical guests performing from 5 to 7 p.m.
While the new site is ideal in being visible from the main street, Zoethout did say that yet another location would be needed for the Sunday markets as the church space is in use that day. The market had planned on being open several Sundays throughout the summer. She said the location for those special market days is yet to be determined.