The new Alexandria Community Market will open its doors at 26 Main Street in the village this coming weekend (February 5-6), with a full slate of vendors lined up.
The market, which will feature a slate of 15 vendors this Saturday and Sunday, will be held each weekend.
“I’ve been working on (the new location) for the past five weeks, just to create a small community market,” said Steve Green, who decided it was time for a regular market in Alexandria after holding two successful events prior to Christmas.
While a private enterprise, the market is not intended to be for profit. Fees charged to vendors are set based on the cost of renting the premises at 26 Main Street.
“To be honest, I’m doing it more for fun than anything,” Green said. “I’m going to make very little money on it because I’ve got to pay rent and I don’t charge much for the spaces.”
The location has enough space for booths to be set up by 15 vendors, and the market will run each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will vary – everything from farmers selling produce, to crafts, jewelry and other items. Information on which vendors are at the market each week will be available on the Alexandria Community Market Facebook page.
A retired educator, Green is also a basketball coach, whose teams have won 10 provincial championships over the years. He has also coached school soccer, track and field and field hockey.
“I really enjoy coaching and working with kids,” Green said.
After retiring as a teacher, Green founded Steve’s Knotty Furniture in Lancaster in September of 2020. That business has also moved into the rear portion of the Alexandria location that will house the new market.
Green said he has received excellent feedback and support from the community and expects no difficulty in filling the space with vendors each week.
“For the opening weekend it’s completely sold out – it’s been incredible,” Green enthused. “Moving forward there are a few people who have already committed for the next few months.”
“We’re going to have our staple of vendors who are here every weekend. The rest of them will be new vendors, so it’s going to be fun.”
Green said he hopes to be able to take advantage of warmer weather in the summer by expanding outdoors, whether it is just a booth or two in front of the space, or a nearby satellite location.
“I hope to be able to have a few spots outdoors as well to be able to cater to the farmers’ market field.”
Anyone who would like more information on the Alexandria Community Market, or who would like to rent a booth can contact Green at [email protected].