Street vendors ready for MLB All-Star game pedestrian traffic
Denver Bazaar, along with Ballpark Collective, hosted a street festival near Coors Field on Saturday, where dozens of vendors were able to set up shop.
DENVER – It was not only the good weather on Saturday which was good news for those visiting the city, but it was also good news for street vendors and other small businesses looking to take advantage of the traffic pedestrian walkway near Coors Field for the MLB of the Week. -Week of the game of stars.
“… the vendors are really excited about this place with the foot traffic. And the energy is really good here,” said Meg Ryan, director of events and marketing for Denver Bazaar.
Denver Bazaar is an organization that supports vendors and small businesses through pop-up events.
The Saturday street festival organized by them with Ballpark Collective It was the first time vendors had set up shop near Coors Field, just one block on Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd.
While it was a weekend many companies were looking forward to, especially after the pandemic shut down many in-person events for a while, Ryan said they have always seen an increase in the number of suppliers. .
“So we didn’t stop working during the covid. We did a lot of online shopping, we did online farmers markets and we did in-person farmers markets. So that kept some of the things going. afloat sellers, ”she said. “But we’ve certainly seen a huge influx of new businesses that have been started because of covid, and then old businesses coming back to the streets that feel more comfortable going out. And they’re really, really excited and buyers have been more than favorable. “
Overall, Ryan said the extra weekend sales could help businesses get off on the right foot for the rest of the year.
Standing among various shirt designs, Alexa Varano, the owner of Drawings of the third wolf, said the chance to get a seat at the street festival was welcome and unexpected news.
“… that’s cool, sellers definitely have a community,” she said.
Her business, like many, has turned to online sales, although she said she always noticed a drop in business when the pandemic first hit, so she is happy to return in person. by re-selling his hand-painted shirts.
“… the traffic in the market is great. You just prepare people to buy looking like the craft show product,” she said.
Just a few stalls away, Amber Johnson, the owner of Fall travel design and decoration, which focuses on hydroponic plants in homemade pots and vases, said the sales season has been good so far.
“… it’s been pretty good so far,” Johnson said. “Today is our first day, but I can’t wait to see how it goes. It’s been a very good season so far.”
Sheena Marshall, the owner of Sheena Marshall jewelry, who said it was huge to come back to the markets in person.
“…And it was really good to be back there, ”she said. “You know during the covid we kind of had to go online, which was great, learn new things. But it’s really great to be back here and we’re grateful to everyone who welcomes us here to these local markets. “
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