Niagara Gazette — The Park Place Market is set to open.
The market, which will feature produce, artisans and food vendors, will kick off its season tonight with a "sneak peek" for Pints for Progress, a monthly meeting group that raises funds to support community projects. The group will hold its meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the market grounds, located at the corner of Main Street and Park Place.
Robert Brawn, owner of Custom Bench, has been working with his partners, Tom Lowe of ReNU Niagara and Elizabeth House owner Perry Jost, to get the market up and running.
Brawn said the opening had been delayed by a few bureaucratic hurdles - mostly the application process for collecting state sales tax - but he and his partners are excited to set their idea in motion.
"This will be a little test of the different ideas we've been discussing," Brawn said. "We'll work out the kinks."
Several vendors will be on hand at the Pints for Progress meeting and the market will officially open beginning Thursday.
Vendors will be on hand Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to begin, but organizers hope to expand to the weekend as demand grows. Food vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days. Other vendors will determine their own hours, which will become more regular as time goes on, Brawn said.
"We're going to keep the hours flexible until there is a good rhythm," Brawn said.
The entrepreneurs cleared key city approvals earlier this year and have been setting up booths in the parking lot of the Niagara Hub building in recent months. The group has purchased sheds from the city that were formerly used for the Niagara Holiday Market. Vendors have been working to make the spaces their own.