Eighth street was closed this Saturday and will continue to be closed every Saturday morning until December. Instead of parked cars and lanes of traffic, the street will be home to several tables, booths and displays of produce, baked goods, crafts, music and magic performances, and business-led activities.
Anyone interested is free to peruse the wares and creations of those participating in the Capital City Public Market each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until Dec. 20.
For the most part, the market is filled with small, local businesses promoting their own home grown, crafted or compiled merchandise. But, from time to time, the stores along 8th street participate in the morning’s activities, breaking out special activities to pull in new customers as well as encourage existing customers to become involved with the variety of displays set out for the market.
“It does increase our business,” said Rediscovered Books staff member Barbara Olic-Hamilton.
She continued to explain how a handful of the store’s customers sell products at the market and that the special events at the market help encourage other passersby to check out Rediscovered Books’ products.
As explained on the Capital City Public Market webpage, “The market upholds the age-old tradition of allowing the consumer to meet the producer while encouraging the production and consumption of agricultural products in the Treasure Valley.”
Market attendees have the opportunity to meet and speak with the producers of their products directly, opening and fostering a new line of communication wherein they can forge a relationship with each small company’s representatives.
Operator of Murphy’s Mini Donuts, Chris Visaya, will be making and selling donuts for hungry market attendees throughout the duration of the market season. At his booth, Visaya cooks hot, fresh donuts for customers.
“We want to give the customers an experience with some smiles,” he said.
Visaya explained, as opposed to other donut sellers, his business aims to give consumers something that they have never experienced before.
In this case, it’s watching their donuts being made from start to finish before they eat them.
Visaya stressed that it’s “all about the people.” He wants customers to feel special at his donut booth.
The market is a place where, according to Visaya, people can “come down and feel wanted with their families.”
He stressed the fact that customers of various walks of life are able to foster new relationships with other attendees or the various business owners there. Visaya explained that customers are always find something that interests them, as the market sports anything from crafts and magic to music and generally fun activities.
“It brings people eye to eye on a personal level,” Visaya concluded.