South Charleston’s Village Market is back and in a new location

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Among the vendors who set up for South Charleston’s Village Market are folks who make homemade signs. The Village Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, May-September, in front of businesses on South Chillicothe Street.

(Posted June 1, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick

South Charleston’s Village Market is back.

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the monthly event has returned to South Charleston’s summer schedule and in a new location.

“In 2019, we had built up a pretty decent number of vendors and villagers coming to see what they had to offer. It just wasn’t in the cards last year with COVID,” said Kim Breeze, organizer. “We’re excited to be back.”

Previously, vendors set up booths in the parish hall parking lot at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. This year, they are setting up in front of businesses along South Chillicothe Street and near the church.

“The new location gives us more visibility and provides easier access, plus it ties in with the community with the nearby businesses, so everybody benefits,” Breeze said. “And it’s an opportunity to show off part of the historic district.”

Village Market days are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, May-September. Vendors sell homemade crafts, produce, and other items. Organizers have scheduled one food truck for each market day, as well. The first Village Market of 2021 took place on May 1.

“The village response seemed to be that everyone was excited. It seemed like everyone who came down was happy for the chance to see and interact with people after a year of not doing a lot of that,” Breeze said.

The next Village Market is June 5. The Griddles & Cheese food truck will be on site.

Booth spaces are 10×10-feet and cost $25 per market day. Some of the vendor fees go back into the community in the form of donations to charitable causes, such as the Community Park, the Heritage Commission, and this year’s celebration of South Charleston’s 150 years of public education.

For more information or a vendor application, visit “The Village Market 45368” on Facebook or send an email to thevillagemarket45368@gmail.com.

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