New Indoor Vendor Market Opens In WatertownPosted: Updated:
An old building turned into a hub for over 60 crafters and vendors. It's a new place for small businesses to come together as one in Watertown.
Fresh food, plants, and plenty of craft items are inside State Street Market, which opened it's doors on Saturday.
The market's manager Patricia Johnson, who has been in the business for more than 30 years wanted to bring an indoor market like this one to the North Country.
"I've always thought 'what would I want in a market if I were to open a market myself?' and this is it," said Johnson.
Johnson and her son renovated the former Chop & Save furniture building on State Street to accommodate 60 vendors from all over.
"I'm just so grateful they turned an old building into something new," said Jeffrey Jewett of Warehouse 465.
"This is an awesome opportunity for local artisans and crafters and growers to give us a new venue to offer the community our products that we make locally here," stated Michelle Stephens of Sweet Pea Farm
State Street Market is open everyday, but vendors can leave their tables up without being there.
"They don't have to be here to sell their product. I will be doing it for them," said Johnson.
Some vendors take part in the local farmers markets in the summer, but in the colder months they would have to travel.
"This has given us an opportunity to have all of our stuff in one place and keep it here and not have to travel on the weekends and spend lots of time away from our farm and families," said Stephens.
A new market where every vendor has something different, but everyone is working together in craft.