Downtown merchants bring Iola Market Day


April 20, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Downtown merchants will display their wares on city sidewalks May 9 in their first Iola Market Day.
The idea is to attract Iolans and out-of-towners to the heart of town.
“Iola has a great community to promote,” Melissa Luttrell, owner of Brooklyn Park Antiques, said. “People travel through and we want them to stop and shop.”
Merchants will set up merchandise outside their stores to draw customers in. Also, in the theme of Farm-City Days, those who sell vintage, antique and hand-crafted items can set up booths on the courthouse grounds.
ACARF, the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, will set up its food trailer. Other food vendors are welcome to also set up stands. Contact Teresa Ross, owner of Funkie Monkey, at 620-363-0629, if interested in being a vendor.
Luttrell said the money collected will be used to promote the event. A sponsor contribution is $25. Contact Kelly Sigg, owner of Audacious Boutique at 620-380-6366, to contribute.
“We are hoping this will be a monthly event,” Luttrell said. “We’ve had positive feedback from all the merchants.”
Participants who have helped create the event include, Sigg, Ross, Luttrell, Laura Rasa, The Market Place; Jessica Quinhones and Elyssa Jackson, Around the Corner; Gail Norman, Ravin Printing; Emily Sigg, Fifty/50; Heather Sigg, Hip Chick Photography. Other contributors are Jana Taylor and Rena Cox.
For updates on the May event visit the Iola Market Day Facebook page.

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