Sunday, August 24, 2008

Christmas Market at Discovery Green

On Tuesday, August 26th at 11:00 am, we will be meeting with Tiffany Tyler Kuffner to discuss participating in the Christmas Market at Discovery Green, which takes place every Thursday from the first one in November and until the last one before Christmas in December. The only exception is Thanksgiving Day. There won't be a market on that day. I am really excited to be able to have our group in on the first Christmas Market to be held at Discovery Green. This fabulous new downtown outdoor space is very popular with the affluent, near-town crowd. They started an organic food market earlier this year, which gets part of its funding from grants, making it an affordable place to have a booth. Discovery green sets up the pop up pavilions and can even process credit cards for you. The credit card service is currently paid for by one of the grants Tiffany managed to get hold of, so there is no cost to you for this service. Really. No cost. The customers buy "Market Bucks" from the market's stall and then they pay you in those "Market Bucks". You turn in the bucks at the end of the day, and the market gives you the full face value of the bucks. Too cool. They even designed the park with such markets in mind, meaning that you can drive right up to your booth space for loading in and out. In addition to all the other marketing the Discovery Green people are doing, an outdoor skating ring will open on Thanksgiving Day. That rink is going to attract quite a crowd, and Tiffany anticipates that some of the skaters and parents of the skating kids will come get some of their Holiday shopping done while they are there anyway. Additionally, we'll have the regular market customers, many of whom come to buy their produce every week. It isn't a big leap to think that people who buy organic produce directly from the farmers will want to buy handmade goods directly from the artist. I think it will be a great opportunity for all the artists, and the price is reasonable as well! Come to the lunch meeting and learn more, just please let us know you're coming so that we can get the right size table. If you want more information, leave a comment and a way to get hold of you!

Here are the meeting details from Tiffany:

I look forward to seeing you and the other Etsy crafters at lunch on Tuesday the 26th at 11:00.

gives some details about the Lake House. They do open right at 11:00.

The directions and map at

will help. I really recommend a meter space if you can get one. That hour of the morning should be OK for it.

More information about Central City and its operations at the Park can be found at:

details about the holiday market are not up yet. I'm still working on the materials and trying to confirm things with the park before I write something that ends up not being true. We can talk about all of that on Tuesday.

I look forward to meeting all of you!


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