Reminder: Reservation meeting is Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in the Chamber lower level. Martha will be here to certify scales.
I have attached all of the paperwork for the 2019 season and wanted to give you an update on a few things that came up after our meeting that the Chamber Board approved yesterday.
First – we have business that is sponsoring the Sprouts Club at the top level, and has paid extra (substantially) to have an advertising booth at the market. Before you freak out, because I was hesitant on this one too… They will be set up on the back side of the market building, where we have never had a vendor booth before. They will never be allowed to utilize a vendor space, as they don’t meet the requirements to be a vendor. They will have a very small tent, and an activity (giant connect 4, giant jenga, etc) each week, and are not allowed to solicit leads/sales outside of their area.
I’m also in the process of scheduling a few special events where we would allow outside vendors on the parking lot only. This would be promoted as a separate event/vendor show, but conveniently, it would be held next door to the market. I hope to get one scheduled for early May and another in late August/early September. The goal here is to get more of our revenue from other sources, so your fees can be used for more advertising options and/or live music or other things that add to the atmosphere at the market.
One more event, but I’m not sure if I’ll get it off the ground or not – would be a one-time weekday evening event where sprouts could partner with local chefs (or ECC culinary students) to prepare a kid-friendly dish. People would buy tickets to come to “Sample Night” or something like that. Most of the sampling area would be under the market, but other vendors would be welcome in the parking lot that night if you want to attend. Again, very early planning stages here… no tentative date or other details available, but it’s something I am looking into.
I am out at a swim meet all weekend, but I would be happy to answer questions on this project AFTER the reservation meeting on Tuesday night. And as always, feel free to text or e-mail me, but I can’t guarantee how quickly I can get back to you this weekend.