Downtown store opens community market space

Andrew Wagstaff
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First Saturday event scheduled for March 15

Stephanie Moreau and Matt Cormier are inviting all to join them for the first Saturday market at Dayle’s on March 15, a venture following up on the successful artisan’s markets held in Amherst last year.

AMHERST – The popularity of last year’s downtown artisan markets have prompted one local retailer to dedicate its own space to the clientele.

Dayle’s Market will be a venue for not just local artists and artisans, but bakers, craftspeople and others who want to peddle their wares, according to marketing and promotions manager Stephanie Moreau.

The Saturday markets at Dayle’s will begin on March 15, on the heels of the successful community markets in 2013.

“This kind of blossomed from that idea,” said Moreau. “They were super successful, and we had a lot of people – based on the success of those – suggest the town needs a Saturday market. We just started planning from that point.”

The longtime downtown store decided to not only host a Saturday market, but also took it one step further by renovating a space that will now be used as a market-style atmosphere every day, year-round.

For this corner, the store has stripped away its paint and floor coverings for a more old-fashioned, rustic feel that one might expect at a country market years ago.

“It’s exciting to be able to make some changes, and try to be sustainable for the future, but also to keep it old-fashioned with the history of the building, and an old-fashioned way of doing things,” said Matt Cormier, manager.

The excitement now is focused on the first Saturday market on March 15, which will feature a variety of arts, crafts, jewelry, baking, live music and more.  The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“We want to build a community in this space,” said Moreau. “We want a space where both locals and people from surrounding areas come and spend time on Saturday – listen to music, eat good food, and browse around the store.”

The Saturday markets will make use of the store’s newly renovated space and more, and will see further growth when weather improves.

“Once it gets nicer we will be outside too in the parking lot,” said Cormier.

Those interested in becoming vendors can apply at the store by filling out a form, or inquire at the Market at Dayle’s page on Facebook, or email

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