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Jamie Heap
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Second annual artisans’ market draws large crowd

Damaris Spa and Wellness Centre manager Elizabeth Smith and esthetician Morgan Inglis stand next to such wares as sunhats and purses that they were selling Saturday in front of the business. Saturday was the second annual Amherst Artisans Market.

AMHERST-Downtown Amherst was bustling with activity on Saturday on the occasion of the second annual Amherst Artisans’ Market.

“The nice thing about this artisans’ fair is that it draws people into downtown shops,” stated Damaris Spa and Wellness Centre esthetician Morgan Inglis. “It’s been steady so far this morning, but we expect it to be busier in the afternoon like it was last year. A lot of people tend to go to yard sales in the morning,” she added.

Damaris, a spa and wellness centre that also sells such products as sun hats, purses, and sandals, is affiliated with Simply For Life. “We sell Simply 4 Life food, as well as pre-cooked meals prepared for us by Bella’s Café as well,” Inglis added.

Damaris was not the only wellness centre selling its wares this past Saturday as Gateway Development was offering specials on its goods and services as well.

“Making a difference in peoples’ lives brings people together,” stated Gateway Development’s Stephanie Allen. “Living in Amherst gives you a life,” she added.

Steve Micklewright, who, along with his wife Del Seto, owns and operates Side-By-Each Farm, a hypo local farm located at 386/Highway 204, sells such fresh garden vegetables and herbs as carrots, beets, potatoes, lettuce, dill and parsley.

Deanne Fitzpatrick, who recently opened her Electric Street Knitting Room to complement her rug hooking studio, offered high praise for the annual event.

“I think that it’s really good. There’s such a positive vibe in the town,” stated Fitzpatrick. “We’ve been really busy,” she added. “I think that Matt Cormier (Dayle’s Department Store) and Stephanie Moreau (Flo Boutique) did a very good job organizing it (the Amherst Artisans’ Market). “It’s been really great.”

With regards to Fitzpatrick’s new Knitting Room, which offers people a place to work on whatever it is that they are knitting, it combines local and distant wares.

“We have yarns from all over the world,” stated Fitzpatrick. “We have yarn imported from Japan, as well as yarn hand-dyed in Sackville, NB,” she added.

Barb Sharples and Mark Raddin, as well as Jen and Dave (Siddall) were among the 10 acts who performed in Victoria Park to celebrate CFTA’s 2nd anniversary.

Organizations: Wellness Centre, Flo Boutique

Geographic location: AMHERST, Japan, Sackville Victoria Park

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