Night Market makes debut

Due to popular demand, Trail Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a special Night Market on Wednesday, August 20 on the Esplanade.

The people have spoken and Norm Casler and the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce have listened.

On Aug. 20, the chamber will be hosting a special edition market for those that can’t make it to the usual Friday Market on the Esplanade.

“The special evening edition of the Trail Market on the Esplanade was arranged because we got so many requests from people that can’t normally attend the day markets, mostly because they are working,” he said. “This will answer those requests.”

The evening edition of the market provides opportunities not only to the visitors, but the vendors as well and allows the chamber to see how valuable the market is to the community.

“(It) will allow us to gauge the popularity of an evening market for future (markets),” said Casler. “This not only gives so many more people a chance to see what the markets have to offer but also allows the vendors to reach new customers.”

Even those who aren’t looking to buy from the vendors are invited to the market, says Casler.

“We will have a full four-piece band with some of the finest musicians around – Clinton Swanson and Friends,” he said. “(The band) will showcase an outstanding evening of blues, jazz, R&B, funk and swing to keep the crowd entertained.”

Those who are looking for a hearty homemade dinner on Aug. 20 are also welcome to come on down.

“(We hope guests will) enjoy some of the great food vendors that will be there and simply enjoy an evening in one of the most beautiful locations a market has ever been,” said Casler.

The market is all about business development and Casler says adding one more market at a different time of day can only benefit. Casler wants businesses who aren’t going to be at the market to stay open too.

“The market has always been about getting more people, action and excitement happening in the downtown core,” he said. “All businesses in the area  are encouraged to take advantage of the extra traffic by staying open late, holding sidewalk sales, doing market day specials or even take a spot at the night market.”

The market runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Wednesday evening and according to Casler, there are already over 50 vendors signed up to sell.