The Trail Outdoor Market was the success story of 2012, says the city’s mayor.
Dieter Bogs said the market managed to turn a profit for the city after completion of its first year, with over 300 vendors attending 10 market events, and over 6,000 people coming through in the course of the season.
A cheque for the amount of $2,743.04 was handed over to the city after the last market of the year on Dec. 14 in the Cominco Gymnasium.
The total profit—accrued from vendor permits—was split between the city and the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce.
With a total revenue of $6,080, the market went from 15 vendors at its inaugural market in June, to over 44 during the summer months, finishing with 62 in December.
“The (market) committee had high expectations of having 20 vendors by the end of the season, which was met by the second market,” said former chamber executive director Maggie Stayanovich who sent a letter to council.
The markets ran every second Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Esplanade. The increasing number of vendors had stretched the market from the corner of Spokane Street and the Esplanade into Jubilee Park.
The market was a result of a collective action of numerous people, said councillor Kevin Jolly. For someone who was no longer with the chamber, Jolly gave the former executive director accolades.
“I think it needs to be said out loud that (Maggie Stayanovich) was a big part of this,” he said.
Council moved to send a letter of thanks to Stayanovich.