Olentangy Valley News

First one: May 4

More vendors, more fun at Powell Street Market

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When the Powell Street Market opens for the first time this season May 4, it will feature almost double the number of the vendors at the first market last year.

At the first street market in 2013, there were 28 vendors. Jaymie Kottenstette, executive director of the nonprofit Historic Downtown Powell, said 49 vendors already have signed up for the first market this year.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4, will bring antique dealers, artists and crafters back to Olentangy Street between Depot and Liberty streets.

Kottenstette, who is in her first year as the head of Historic Downtown Powell, said she's committed to making the market an event for the whole family. Although the focus still will be on arts and crafts, she said this year's market will feature new attractions.

"I'm trying to add a new dimension by adding strolling musicians and children's activities," she said.

Kottenstette said the craft vendors and home businesses see the value of adding new elements to the fair.

"The merchants and the vendors have been very accommodating to new ideas on how to continue their business flow," she said.

Kottenstette said she credits the growth in vendor participation in the market to a revamped website and social-media presence.

"I've kind of reorganized or reassessed how we get our message out there from top to bottom," she said.

Kottenstette said she hopes an expanded online presence will result in increased attendance for the markets.

As in years past, the market will have two additional summer dates. This year, the street market will return July 27 and Sept. 7.

Kottenstette said she thinks even more vendors will sign up for the next two markets.

"Definitely summertime is a much easier time to stroll and do outdoor activities with your family," she said.

If the market continues to grow in popularity, Kottenstette said, Historic Downtown Powell may consider adding more dates in 2015.

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