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Derek Crawford (left) and Jared Spearing prepare the site at 12th Street and Rosser Avenue for the Global Market, which is holding its grand opening today.
With multi-coloured canopies, live music and local vendors, Brandon’s first downtown Global Market will be officially open for business today.
The outdoor community market is set up at the corner of Rosser Avenue and 12th Street, a project launched by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
"It has been in the planning stages for over two years now," said Glen Kruck, CMHA regional director. "This project absolutely could not be done without so many people helping out."
Over the years, several organizations have come together to help make the market idea come to fruition: Renaissance Brandon, Neighbourhoods Alive, the City of Brandon, Brandon University, Brandon Literacy Council, Westman Immigrant Services and Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation.
"It’s taken so much work. Even yesterday there were four of us putting up the food canopy, and that’s 20 feet by 30 feet, with an eight-foot high roof on it," Kruck said. "We will have it open for our grand opening … and it will just keep getting better and better and better, because now that we’ve got the basic structure up, there are so many improvements we’re going to be doing to that site over time."
The seasonal, permanent market has 15 stalls, with room for 30 vendors.
The grand opening runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today. Produce, art, jewelry and clothing vendors will be set up, along with food trucks. The ribbon cutting will happen at 5:30 p.m., followed by an evening of live music by The Majestics.
The market will also be open Fridays from noon until 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local food trucks will be located regularly at the site.
If all goes well, the market will expand to weekdays.
"It’s going to be a real attraction for downtown I think," said Katy Slimmon, Global Market co-ordinator. "Especially for those Saturday mornings when people are out garage saleing, or Friday afternoons when you want to buy some local produce, which is going to be fresh and awesome. I think it’ll be great for people downtown."
The market is free for the general public. For vendors, the cost of setting up wares in the market is $10 per table and $5 for limited electrical fees. The City of Brandon also requires a $15 crafter’s licence. Visit globalmarketbrandon.com for more information.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 5, 2012