Saturday market coming soon to Sidney

April will be trial month for market that organizers hope to see blossom

Organizers of a new market in Sidney are planning to test the town’s appetite for a Saturday event next month.

The group of organizers, made up of a team of local community members from the Peninsula and Greater Victoria, are hoping to use the month of April to test the waters with their idea.

Alex Carroll, one of the organizers, is hoping the market will bring new business into Sidney for weekend shopping.

“The idea has caught fire so quickly and with such joy and enthusiasm that it’s quite clear already that the event is going to take on a life of its own,” said Carroll.

“We have talked it over with members of the BIA, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and other folks to ensure this is a participatory process that benefits everyone involved and enhances Sidney’s appeal as a weekend shopping destination.”

The market will be taking place in the building at the corner of Fifth and Beacon, above Odyssia Restaurant. The group is appointing a Cultural Programmer as well as they hope to hire two promoters, or “Market Mermaids” in the near future.

Their chief aim will be to spread the word of the Sidney Saturday Market through the town, Carroll said.

“We will be releasing a market map soon that will give people a clear picture of the ongoing event we might be able to create,” he said, adding that the location of the space above Odyssia Restaurant was chosen because of its central location.

Carroll said the market currently has a number of vendors on the books including farmers with locally grown produce, vintage clothing, high-end antiques, handbags, books, records, jewelry, cosmetics, pet food, coffee, aromatherapy and art.

“Every day new vendors call and sign up and the market is evolving into a living, shimmering, community event,” said Carroll.

The current plan, he continued, is to have the central aisle of the second-floor space function as a produce aisle which will sell locally grown fruits and veggies, as well as things like cheeses, jams, honeys and eggs.

“The first market will have two other distinct wings, which can roughly be classified as Culture and Glamour,” Caroll said.

Organizers hope to hear from the public as to what they’d be interested in seeing at the market before the April 5 Grand Opening.

“We want to hear what the people of Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula would like to see in a Saturday Market experience,” said Carroll.

“We are trying to remain as inclusive and open-minded as possible so we also encourage any vendor who wants to sell at the Sidney Saturday Market to contact us.”

Carroll and the market team can be reached at sidneysaturdaymarket@gmail.com.

 

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Leila Bui with her parents Tuan Bui (left) and Kairry Nguyen at the end of the trial that found Tanessa Nikirk guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Nikirk is back in court for her sentencing hearing. (Black Press file photo)
UPDATED: Court hears letter from driver convicted of hitting Saanich girl

Leila Bui has been in a non-responsive state since she was hit in 2017

HarbourCats players celebrate winning the North Division Championship Series in 2019. (Christian J. Stewart/File Photo)
Victoria HarbourCats locked out of team Facebook page

Management hires legal team to solve issue

Victoria police are looking for high-risk offender Douglas McPherson. (Courtesy of VicPD)
UPDATED: Victoria police arrest high-risk parolee with history of bank robbery

Citizen alerts cops after spotting parolee on Pandora Avenue

VicPD and B.C. Conservation Officer Service teamed up to free two bucks who were entangled in a fishing net and dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them. (VicPD)
VIDEO: Victoria police, B.C. Conservation help two bucks caught in one fishing net

Bucks were also dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them

Saanich implements single-lane traffic stretch on Prospect Lake Road along Clavert Park. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Saanich makes one-way traffic permanent on segment of Prospect Lake Road

Prospect Lake Road to close near Calvert Park Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for construction

FILE – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the province during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. shatters COVID-19 records with 817 weekend cases; masks now expected indoors

Three people have died over the past three reporting periods

RCMP have released more details regarding what led up to an arrest caught on video in Williams Lake Sunday, Oct. 26. (Facebook video screenshot)
Review launched after ‘high-risk, multi-jurisdictional’ chase, arrest in Williams Lake

RCMP launching a full review and code of conduct investigation

Freighter drags anchor towards Boulder Point Oct. 22. It came within 730 metres of the shore, according to maps from the Port of Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)
MacGregor introduces bill to address freighter anchorages along the South Coast

Concerns about the environment, noise, pollution and safety abundant

(Pxfuel)
B.C. limits events in private homes to household, plus ‘safe six’ amid COVID-19 surge

Henry issued a public health order limiting private gatherings to one household, plus a group of ‘safe six’ only

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaks during a drive-in car rally campaign stop at a tour bus operator, in Delta, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Andrew Wilkinson stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader

Will stay on until the next party leader is chosen

Harvesters participating in the extended commercial halibut season will need to land their catch in either Prince Rupert (pictured), Vancouver, or Port Hardy by Dec. 14. (File photo)
B.C.’s commercial halibut season extended three weeks

COVID-19 market disruptions at the root of DFO’s decision

Campbell River's new hospital, July 2018
Nurse diverts opiates and falsifies records at Campbell River Hospital

Nurse facing disciplinary action for moving opiates out of the hospital

A view from the deck of a home in SookePoint. The property is a prize in the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery. Tickets are on sale now. (Contributed photo)
Millionaire Lottery home up for grabs in Sooke

Sooke prize home part of latest VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery

Most Read