breaking news

DPS confirms Dunbar High played ineligible player in postseason, faces more state penalties

Dayton’s 2nd Street Market: 3 in 4 vendors will open to test Sundays


The calendar will say Sunday, but it will feel a lot like Saturday at the 2nd Street Market this summer when the market tests out expanded hours.

Three out of four market vendors have committed to opening on Sundays during a 13-week pilot program that starts at the beginning of June, said Jimmy Harless, manager of the 2nd Street Market.

Most of the market’s major vendors will be open for business, and every type of seller will be represented on Sundays, including three outside farmer vendors, Harless said.

Pavilion vendors, who sell crafts, art, jewelry and other creations, also will have a strong representation, and musicians will be present, playing for tips, Harless said.

“We’re going to offer pretty much everything we offer on Saturday,” he said. “It’ll have more of a Saturday feel with the outside market, with music for entertainment.”

RELATED: 2nd Street Market to test expanded hours

Some vendors who plan on being open on Sundays include Caffeine Carl, the Flowerman, KJB Farm, the Olive Tree, the Chef Case, Crepe Bohème, Spice Rack & Bulk Foods, Cheeky Meat Pies, Tim’s Gifts N More, New World Alpaca Textiles, Dayton Urban Green, Animal Snackers Bakery, Arepas & Co. Express and Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

“We are so excited and so ready for this,” said Azra Kaurin, owner of Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

Five Rivers MetroParks’ pilot program, if successful, could lead the market to not only bring back Sunday hours in 2018 but also possibly expand its hours of operation further, officials said.

Success will be measured by attendance, feedback and vendor participation.

For this year, pulling Friday attendance figures on a Sunday would be an achievement, said Amy Forsthoefel, Five Rivers MetroParks’ research and analysis manager.

That equates to about 1,000 to 1,200 people every Sunday.

It’s unclear if the market will be able to reach that benchmark, but officials expect Sundays to feel a lot more like Saturdays than either Thursdays or Fridays.

Saturdays draw about 5,000 visitors during the peak parts of summer.

RELATED: Will Sunday hours at 2nd Street Market work?

For years, the buzz around the market was that vendors would love the opportunity to open on Sundays.

Now that they have that chance, vendors have lined up to participate in the pilot program, which runs June 4 to Aug. 27.

Customers also have expressed lots of interest in Sunday hours. The market will soon learn if customers’ enthusiasm matches the vendors.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Insect infestation pushed Vandalia, other cities into Tree City program
Insect infestation pushed Vandalia, other cities into Tree City program

An invasive insect that devastated local tree populations actually helped spur Vandalia and many other Miami Valley cities to become part of the Tree City USA program. The city lost 150 trees just at Helke Park on Randler Avenue because of the emerald ash borer. There were 300 city-owned trees total lost. The city began to replant trees to make Vandalia...
Police surround home in Xenia, at least one person in custody
Police surround home in Xenia, at least one person in custody

One person has been taken into custody according to Xenia Police.  We’re hearing reports that someone has been taken into custody after running from the building that was surrounded in the area of East Market Street and North Monroe Drive, according to initial emergency dispatch reports. Police activity has been reported in the 200 block...
Greenville man charged in connection to January Family Dollar robbery
Greenville man charged in connection to January Family Dollar robbery

Charges have been filed against a Greenville man in connection to the January robbery of a Family Dollar location, according to police.  Franklin J. Brown, 22, of Greenville, will be charged for the Jan. 31 robbery at the store on 300 Martin Street, Greenville police said in a media release Thursday.  Brown is accused of robbing a woman who...
Police: Suspected driver in deputy cruiser ramming had loaded shotgun
Police: Suspected driver in deputy cruiser ramming had loaded shotgun

Sha’King Jones is the alleged driver among a group of young adults and juveniles suspected in Monday’s ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office cruiser at a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive in Harrison Twp. Jones also had a loaded weapon, according to court documents. According to the sheriff&rsquo...
Community garden in Xenia to take root this weekend
Community garden in Xenia to take root this weekend

The first seeds for a community garden will be planted this weekend at Lexington Park in Xenia. The effort by a new coalition of entities called Community Roots is aimed at increasing access to fresh food for Xenia residents. “Access to fresh produce is basically non-existent downtown and on the east end,” said Jillian Drew, health educator...
More Stories