On the weekends, Findlay Market
is packed with shoppers and vendors, but during the week, things quiet down, especially later in the day. The goal of Findlay After Four is to promote shopping at the market on Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m.
“We hope that this will drive more shoppers to the market between 4 and 6 p.m., and begin to chip away at the confusion around market hours,” says Karen Kahle, resource development director for Findlay Market. “There’s a perception that the market isn’t always reliably open until 6 p.m., and we hope to convince those merchants who don’t remain open to stay open because there is more money to be made if they do.”
Every Thursday, Findlay Market has a variety of activities planned to encourage people to shop. This week, there will be a cooking demonstration by a guest chef, and recipe cards will be handed out so shoppers can take them and find ingredients for the dish. Christian Moerlein and MadTree beers will be available at the OTR Biergarten
, and there will be a raffle and giveaways.
The first Findlay After Four was July 11, and Kahle says she is pleased with the result.
“We want to learn more about what the hours of operation are that shoppers want and need in order to conveniently and consistently shop at Findlay Market,” she says. However, it will take more than a handful of people requesting extended hours of operation to make extended hours financially feasible.
Findlay After Four is spearheaded by Julie Gosdin of Wine Me, Dine Me
; Bob Schwartz of 5chw4rz
blog; Annette Wick of TheseWritingShoes
blog; and Barb Cooper from Daisy Mae’s
By Caitlin Koenig
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