Monday, April 9, 2018

Easter Fun

What a magnificent Market we all had yesterday.  Everyone has really settled well into our new venue and we've really made it our own on Market Day.

We welcomed a few new faces this time and it was great to see them joining in with the wonderful rapport that the regular stallholders have.

I'm really loving the atmosphere that the stallholders create together ..it inspires me to go home and be creative ... although maybe a cup of tea is on my mind first and foremost at the end of a busy Market Day.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fab March

It really feels like we are going from strength to strength this year .. we are working out how to get the very best from our new venue and we have received lots of compliments from customers and stallholders alike.

The sun shone on us today - which always lifts the spirits - and spurs us on to try and secure some additional outside space.  Let's hope the sunshine stays with us.

We are puttting all our efforts into making the Navy Days Market on 24th March an amazing event - and then focusing on how we can make our April Market even better ... we have a hard act to follow that's for sure.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How Much Rain !!!!

Well, we certainly kicked off 2018 with a Market that was wet, wet and wetter!!

But luckily we all squished inside the Hall and kept dry.  We had a super number of customers coming through - encouraged by our mobile advertising 'Sandwich Boards' wandering around the Village.

We had a wonderful atmosphere and an amazing amount of sharing of ideas for promoting the Market and the stallholders - I feel so privileged to be part of such a supportive and creative community.

Our new venue was a huge hit - with many compliments from stallholders and customers alike - a change is definitely as good as a rest as evidenced by the fresh energy that was definitely present on Sunday.

Our next Market is 11th March - counting the days!

Monday, January 15, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wow!  What an amazing year 2017 turned out to be for us at Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market.  We had a brilliant first year - met some incredible people and made lots of new friends.  Each month brought something new to delight and impress us - we feel very privileged to have been amongst so many talented craftspeople.

In the true tradition of the New Year heralding new beginnings - we are going to try something new at our Markets in 2018.

Firstly, a change of venue - we've taken on board the feedback from our stallholders and have been looking, for a while now, for a venue closer to Victoria Road and the cafes and coffee shops.  So, with that in mind we are going to move a hop, skip and a jump away to the Harmony Hall on Wynyard Street, which seems to meet our criteria.

Although this new venue doesn't offer so much outside space - we will still be able to offer a couple of spots out the front (and I think I already know which of our regulars will want to snap those up!). 

The inside space is good - and there is a large room that we could use to run some hands-on crafting sessions if any of our stall holders are keen to showcase their talents - we will be following up on that idea very soon.

Another new marketing idea we are going to trial is to get some helpers wearing old fashioned 'sandwich boards' walking around the local area - as well as some new signage that will be going up very soon ... the ideas are flowing!!

So, we hope to welcome lots of stallholders and customers alike in 2018.

I hope to see you soon.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September - Spring? ... nearly ....

I had high hopes for beautiful warm Spring weather for yesterday's Market.... it wasn't quite to be ... but luckily we had space inside for everyone to come in - it was a very packed market and, with the help of Ralphe's melodious busking, it was a great atmosphere.

Now is the time to turn our thoughts to the coming crazy season - as we get closer to Christmas.  I know all you wonderful stallholders are already thinking about your seasonal stock and wanting to get the next few months planned and bookings locked in.

So, over on the sellers' page I have just opened bookings for the Devonport Markets for the rest of the year.  I have had lots of enquiries already so I know they are going to be popular - so don't delay, get your bookings in.

I'm also very excited to have, once again, been allocated some space at the Devonport Christmas Festival - the link to the booking form for this event is also on the Sellers' page - it promises to be a very well attended event - upwards of 4,000 people.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself ... the next Market will be on 8th October - this market will have a distinctly Halloween theme - feel free to dress yourself, and your stall, in a Halloween manner if you wish - if you are planning some special Halloween stock please don't forget to send me some photos so I can include them in the marketing ...