Artisan market to take over historic downtown

Christopher Gooding
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Amherst businesses unites with vendors

Established business operators, like Matt Cormier (left) of Dayle’s Department Store, and artisans like Ryan Kirk are joining forces to create to ultimate downtown shopping experience Saturday, June 15, during the Amherst Artisan Market. Participating businesses are creating a venue for vendors to fill the streets and enhance the downtown experience during the one-day event.



AMHERST – The allure of an old-world market is set to transform Amherst’s downtown on June 15.

Established businesses, vendors, musicians and artisans are combining forces to offer shoppers the rich experience of an artisans market, where a familiar storefront could be partnered with live, local entertainment or a familiar neighbour who crafts and creates fares like fibre arts, preserves or general knickknacks.

“There’s going to be lots of activity, maps of the vendors, ballot draws in each store. I think it’s going to be really exciting. Something people don’t see everyday,” said Downtown Business Advidsory Committee member and Dayles Department Store manager Matt Cormier.

After a strong push to revitalize the community’s historic downtown, the artisan’s market builds on that work and showcases the businesses committed to the core while creating a partnership that supports and showcases local artisans dedicated to arts, crafts, food and culture, Cormier said.

Jewelers, children’s entertainers, food producers, woodworking and pottery can share the stage in a day dedicated to enriching the shopping experience. Looking to successful market models, the Downtown Business Advisory Committee is looking to meet and exceed expectation, Cormier said.

“There’s no market in Amherst on Saturdays so some of the businesses here started looking at the idea of getting together and having vendors inside and outside of the business,” Cormier said. “Lots of people love markets and will go out of town for them.”

The Amherst Artisan Market will take place downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming part of the experience can contact Cormier by calling 667-3321.

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  • reg
    June 05, 2013 - 17:38

    That's a great idea, Amherst has a wonderful downtown with historic buildings and this would certainly help businesses. I go to the Moncton market regularly and it brings business to downtown, that otherwise wouldn't go there. I hope the organizers have a great success, when I am in the area I would go to this market. This would be a destination for not only Amherst residents, but Cumberland Co. too.

  • mike
    June 05, 2013 - 07:20

    Wonderful idea. I am really looking forward to it. I usually travel to Sackville or Moncton on Saturday mornings to attend the markets there. So happy to be able to stay in my own town. Good work Matt and others. Hopefully we will see this become the normal for Amherst.