Special to The Morning Star
Well the first season for our Mosaic Market has indeed been a learning experience. Our vendors found it to be worthwhile and profitable, and are all looking forward to next year. We’ve had some growing pains but considering none of our organizers had previous experience in operating or promoting a market, we think we did very well.
We were lucky to have exceptional full-time vendors with incredible products such as: Audrey’s and Tony’s plants and produce; Michelle’s Cookie Jar; Chef Lori’s Delectable Delights; Karen’s brilliantly colored tie-dyed T-shirts; Pat’s tasty jellies; Kathy’s Cool Aprons for Hot Chicks; Joe and Pat’s eggs, bread and canned goods; Aida’s Studio Soap Co.; Larry’s and Al’s beautiful wood products; Marilyn’s, Diane’s and Elizabeth’s fabulous photography and RebaLou Designs’ oil paintings, fashionable totes, kids’ belts, home decor, etc. One of our vendors, Donna, offered a huge collection of metaphysical books and crystals, is opening her Breath Wellness Centre in downtown Vernon.
Of course we would like to thank all the part-time vendors who helped add more interest and variety to the market. Last but not least, a big thank you goes out to our talented musicians/singers: twin sisters Carol and Susan; Jeanette; and Howard and Naiome were the icing on the cake.
Our goals for next summer include an increase in products, vendors and entertainment. We want this market to help build and promote community spirit as well as offer a memorable experience for visitors and tourists.
Anyone who has a marketing background and would like to get involved is welcome to join our advertising committee. And we always have room for more vendors. If you are interested in either of these opportunities please contact our manager, Audrey Turcotte, at 250-542-7381.
Our vendors wish to thank the local patrons for their weekly support and do hope to see you all next summer as well as at our upcoming Christmas Sale, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Killiney Beach Community Hall, 514 Udell Rd.
We will have three separate draws for: one gingerbread house and two variety baskets containing products, discount coupons and/or gift certificates donated by our vendors. However, tickets for our grand prize, a six-person cooking class (valued at $360), offered by Chef Lori, will be available at the door only.
Our Christmas sale will offer more of those tasty food products that everyone loves plus some very creative and artistic crafts from our various artisans. Expect the unexpected such as Christmas boots in addition to traditional Christmas stockings, beautiful table dressings, pet treats and stockings, mini gingerbread houses, tree skirts, ornaments and wreaths. Of course there will be a variety of all-occasion gift items available to stuff into those stockings or boots as well.
Rebecca Hulme is with the advertising committee for Mosaic Market.