New outdoor market sets up in Clearwater

Kyle Carr of Kyle Carr Visual Arts has many striking paintings for sale at the Clearwater Outdoor Market on June 6. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Doug and Debra Bailey of Bailey Egg Farm sell farm fresh eggs at the Clearwater Outdoor Market on June 6. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Janet Sutherland, PartyLite consultant for Jan’s Candlelight, set up shop at the Clearwater Outdoor Market on June 6. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Shannon Ludtke, owner-operator of Shan’s Creations, sells her products at the Clearwater Outdoor Market on June 6. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Clearwater residents will have a new market to look forward to this summer.

Kathy Downey, who used to run her own shop called Kathy’s Market Place, decided there are a number of vendors in town whose products don’t fit the criteria to sell at the weekly Farmer’s Market and need a place to set up shop.

“It’s not going to be like the Farmer’s Market where your stuff has to be homemade. At the Farmers Market, (the product) has to be handcrafted,” Downey said, of the Farmer’s Market’s policy of make it, bake it, sew it, grow it.

“Whereas at my market, it won’t be. It’ll be like an open market.”

Downey’s new venture, which she simply named the Clearwater Outdoor Market, is expected to be open Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the parking lot of the Clearwater Centre (formerly called the Brookfield Mall) in front of the old Safety Mart.

Anyone is welcome to become a vendor for a $10 fee, which will then be donated to the Clearwater and District Food Bank.

Some of the items buyers can expect to find at the Clearwater Outdoor Market include arts and crafts, homemade baking, fruits and vegetables, flowers, jewelry, and sewing, crocheting, and knitting.

Downey said she plans to offer everything from health and wellness products to Pampered Chef, Epicure and Scentsy products from her own booth.

“I put on events, bazaars, and Christmas (functions); I do all kinds of things throughout the area to promote entrepreneurs to sell merchandise,” said Downey.

“It sure would be nice to build up the old shopping centre and revitalize the area and I thought what a perfect opportunity when there’s an empty parking lot.”

She also noted that all COVID-19 precautions set out by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry will be strictly followed at the markets.

“All of those rules will be carefully and absolutely abided by. I want to make it really clear that there will be no problem adhering to the rules,” Downey said.

The first Clearwater Outdoor Market is scheduled to take place on Saturday (June 6), though anyone interested in setting up and selling products needs to pre-register with Downey ahead of each event.

Those interested can contact her at 778-208-5359 or reach out on her Facebook page, Swap N Shop Online Store.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Small Business

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

High water and flooding hits Clearwater

Potential for roadblock on Clearwater Valley Road due to potential washouts

Tk’emlups, Simpcw First Nations chiefs call on Tiny House Warriors to leave Blue River protest camp

“The Tiny House Warriors are not from Simpcw, nor are they our guests in our territory.”

TOTA recognized as Safe Travel Destination

Announcement confirms successful effort by communities to follow new health guidelines

PHOTO: Wells Gray Riders Association holds Canada Day parade

Riders don’t let the rainy morning dampen their spirits

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

The prisoners allege guards did not wear masks until April 25

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein for years

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

More than 50,000 Coronavirus cases reported per day in US

Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 US states

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

Despite health concerns from D.C.’s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear masks

Canadian engineer detained in Egypt released, needs treatment, family says

Yasser Albaz was detained at the Cairo airport after a business trip in February of 2019

Most Read