Downtown Amherst is hosting its first of our Artisans Markets on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
AMHERST – Last year when they proposed holding artisans’ markets in downtown Amherst, Stephanie Moreau and Matt Cormier had no idea what they were starting
“Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine it would take off like it did,” Moreau said. “There was an energy in downtown Amherst on that first market that many hadn’t seen in a long, long time.”
The artisans’ market is back this summer with the first set for Saturday outside and inside businesses on both Church and Victoria streets. A number of stores have special promotions planned for the day and there will be numerous vendors at each location, as well as musical entertainment.
The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be the first of four to be held through early December, when the market will coincide with the launch of downtown Christmas festivities.
Cormier said the market is popular in that it brings people to the downtown on what’s traditionally a slower day for traffic. Last year’s market brought hundreds of people to the downtown to shop at stores, listen to music and purchase products from the vendors.
“It was beneficial to everyone,” he said. “The stores saw increased traffic, the vendors had a place to sell their products and it was good for the town as well.”
Among the musicians that will be playing are Ryan Kirk and Miranda March while Tony and Susan Robichaud will also be playing during the morning. Drew Moore will be playing at Bella’s Café.
Moreau said vendors will include plenty of handmade goods as well as food products.
“There will be anything you can imagine that’s handmade,” she said. “There’ll be art, jewelry, pottery, crafts, knitting, crochet and baked goods along with lots of other stuff.”
Another market is scheduled for July 26 with the third market during the Fibre Arts Festival on Oct. 18 and the final one on Dec. 6.
There won’t be a market in August as the town is hosting the second Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival.