Downtown Rhinelander is the place to be this summer for fresh local produce, great bargains and special retail promotions. A brand new weekly Thursday market will be held in the parking lot between South Courtney Street and Anderson Street, adjacent to the 150 foot U.S. Flag! Opening day is Thursday, May 3, with the final market of the season set for Oct. 25.
“We’re really hoping that the communtiy grabs ahold of this and makes it a success,” said Chad Novak, the owner of the Brown Street Mall and one of the organizers of the new market. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for downtown and Rhinelander as a whole. This is a great idea for DRI to bring energy and enthusiasm downtown.”
The Downtown Market is unique as it will be both FARM and FLEA! Homegrown or handmade items including landscaping plants, fresh produce, fine arts, baked goods, meat products, eggs are welcome along with merchandise that’s bargain priced, recycled goods and of the highest quality. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vendors will pay a weekly fee of $5. To help get the Market started, there is no charge to vend during the five Thursdays in May, first come first serve. Completed application materials are required, and can be procured from Chad Novak at Brown Street Mall, or at the office of Downtown Rhinelander, Inc., 21 A South Brown Street. In addition to this Thursday market, the Saturday Hodag Farmers’ Market is set to begin its season on June 2 at Pioneer Park. Last year the Downtown Market was held on Wednesdays.
“This year’s planning team is excited about the traffic we hope to generate with this unique combination of locally produced and grown products along with great bargains,” said DRI executive director Sue Bessert. “We plan to grow the weekly event and provide a chance for families and people of all ages to gather downtown this summer.”
For more information on the market, call Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. at (715) 362-7374.
Editor Craig Mandli contributed to this story.