Farmers' Market Moving to Lawrenceville Square
Local business owners hope this move will boost their sales as well as those for vendors at the market.
The Lawrenceville Farmers' Market is on the move.
Starting this Saturday, July 28th, they will relocate from the Old Police Station on S. Clayton Street and return to the Square. Right in front of the free parking garage in Downtown Lawrenceville.
Businesses in the area hope this will bring a boost to the local shops and restaurants.
“We’ve missed having them down in the parking lot down by La Cazuela,” said Leslie Maske, owner of Niko’s Wine Corner. “A lot of people would park, walk down there and then come back on the Saturdays and shop."
Maske’s shop is directly across the street from where the market will be located. “I think moving it up here will be great and I think people will look forward to it,” she added.
“I hate the location of the Farmers' Market,” said Magnolia's owner Lynn Hinds of the market’s current setup in an old parking lot a few blocks away. “It doesn’t look warm and welcoming to me. Where as people driving down a cute little historical street and all of a sudden they come across a farmers' market. There it just looks like ‘Oh! They found a parking lot and put up a farmer’s market.’ This is a cuter area. It will look more quaint, it will look organized. I think it will draw more people in."
Carolyn Wright is a co-owner of The LONA Gallery. When her store opened in 2010, it was just steps away from the original location of the Farmers' Market. “We were involved. We would open early, threw our door open and even had some items outside and it really did help our business.”
Wright says she plans to do the same once the market returns to downtown.
“It’s just sort of a nice welcoming thing to the customers. With the Farmers' Market being out there, it just kind of goes along with what they’re doing.”
The Lawrenceville Farmers' Market is open Saturdays 8am until Noon from now until September 29th. Vendors regularly sell locally produced fruits and vegetables, bread, jams and jellies, beauty products and even treats for pets.
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