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【Artisan】 Market announces opening date

发布时间:2014/5/20 10:35:56

AbstractJENNA DULEWICH HIGH RIVER TIMES/QMI AGENCY Business partners Danielle Gibbie and Jenn Richardson are Mount Royal Business students and Enactus members who just recently announced the opening date for the Artisan Market. The market will open Saturday, June 14th and run every Saturday until the end of August, weather permitting.

JENNA DULEWICH HIGH RIVER TIMES/QMI AGENCY Business partners Danielle Gibbie and Jenn Richardson are Mount Royal Business students and Enactus members who just recently announced the opening date for the Artisan Market. The market will open Saturday, June 14th and run every Saturday until the end of August, weather permitting.
 

What started as a partnership between Mount Royal students and High River businesses has grown into a weekly Artisan Market to help support and benefit the local business community.

Earlier this year, Mount Royal business students and members of the university’s Enactus chapter, a worldwide organization that mobilizes students to make a difference in their communities, began working with High River’s Renewal Office as a part of a project to help local businesses thrive after the flood.

Students were paired with local businesses to help them develop strategic plans for the future.

Mount Royal business student Danielle Gibbie went a different route and instead of pairing up with a specific businesses, she has brainstormed ideas to benefit the whole community.

Gibbie originally teamed up with fellow business student Zachary Champoux and began with the idea of revamping the local farmers market, an idea that eventually morphed into the Artisan Market to complement the market that’s already in place, which is open every Thursday.

Gibbie said it just made sense to her to have an Artisan Market in High River.

“I saw an opportunity to do more and artisan encompasses everything we want to achieve with the market,” said Gibbie.

The market will have its grand opening on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. nearby the temporary High River business park on 1 Street SW.

Their mission is to connect local food producers, artists, artisans, and residents to create a strong sense of community and vibrancy.

The Artisan Market just announced the starting date last week, with15 local businesses already registered.

Gibbie and her partner Jennifer Richardson encourage other vendors to join. The market will have the ability to accommodate up to 40 different booths and Richardson said they are open to taking all types of vendors.

“We are still looking for vendors: artisans, farmers, talent such as musicians. We also want it to be a child-friendly place and we are still in need of face-painters or different craft table ideas,” Richardson said.

Gibbie and Richardson have been working with the High River Chamber of Commerce and the business renewal office on the planning of the Artisan Market. The market will run from June to the end of August every Saturday, weather permitting.

“We view everyone in High River as our partners,” Richardson said. We want this to be theirs just as much as ours.”

The business students planned the market to be on Saturdays, with hopes of getting surrounding communities and people from Calgary to come out and support High River. Location was also key, as the hope is that with the market in the downtown core it will encourage local residents and visitors to explore the other businesses located downtown.

“We want to help High River business owners, help the local economy and build back the vibrant community,” said Gibbie.

Richardson said they are amazed at the amount of support they have received from the town.

“We wouldn’t be here without them,” she said.

“We want the businesses to feel proud of the market to ensure its long lasting sustainability and for this reason we encourage them to reach out to us at any time.”