The Castlegar Community Vendors Market will be holding its first market day on January 30. The market will be held at the Kinnaird Hall between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. It will feature home based businesses and local crafters.
Organizer Betty Stephani came up with the idea after sensing a demand among vendors for a market that would take place monthly and be in a location in town that is easily accessible to a lot of people.
The market has a charitable twist. After expenses such as hall rental are taken from the table fees, the remaining money will be donated to the food bank. “I wanted it to be a benefit to the food bank and involve the community,” said Stephani. “I am hoping for at least $100 per month.” There will be no admission fees for shoppers, but there will be a Community Harvest Food Bank kindness metre at the door and guests will be encouraged to donate.
Also along the charitable theme, Stephani will be offering a free table to a nonprofit each month, unless there is extra space, in which case more than one will be offered.
There will be approximately 20 vendors each market and Stephani plans to rotate vendors to keep the market fresh and not have the same lineup of vendors each time.
As the weather improves, organizers are hoping to add food vendors outside, and make the market feel like an event each month. Beginning March 5, the market will be held the first Saturday of every month.
The January market is already full, but those wishing to sign up for future dates should join the Castlegar Community Vendor Market Facebook page.