Market success

A new open-air market at Grand Haven's Bolt Park is exceeding expectations just three weeks after the July 24 launch, said Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis.
Aug 15, 2012


More than 30 vendors arrange their goods along the sidewalk at the corner of Pennoyer and Beechtree on Grand Haven’s east side each Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.    Organizer Mary Mitchell, owner of Fat Chix Coffee Cantina, said the market is a community-building success.    “We have so many people with such rich talent,” Mitchell said. “This is one way to share that richness with all of our friends and neighbors.”   The market will run through August and organizers will then consider plans for a Christmas Market and another run in 2013. Vendors range in age from youngsters to seniors, and goods available for purchase include fruits and vegetables, hamburgers, baked goods, jewelry, books and rugs.    Vendors pay $5 per evening, and live music lends the market a festive atmosphere.   Mitchell credits others with the success of the market.   “This market is about the people of this region who appreciate local commerce with local flair,” she said. “Once we get it going, the people will make this market a success.” 



Bobbi Sabine

I visited the market for the first time this week. Wouldn't have thought about it except that I saw a sign on Jackson about it. I didn't know where Bolt Park was, but drove over to find it is at the east end of Pennoyer. The market was fun to wander around in and everyone was very friendly. I got some lovely fresh veggies and enjoyed the live music. I'm very happy to see this happening on the east side.


I grab bundles of flowers, bags full of veggies, even a plate of rice crispy treats. I watch a young boy make wallets out of duct tape. Eat cupcakes made without peanuts because the women who makes them remembers I asked once due to an allergy. I pick up gluten free goodies for my son with celiacs and they remember my preferance for milk free. I get to know my community, and they get to know me. Truly priceless. I hope it never goes away.


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