I thank you all for making the Winter Edition a success. One of few winter markets in the City, the Winter Edition's momentum allows us to launch into the summer with great confidence.
That said, it is difficult to think of the summer Market season, as I look out at over 50cm of snow pounding the ground. You remember the storm, February 16, biggest snow fall in history, pretty much crippled the City. Sorry, that's enough. But, indeed the return of our Market is one more thing to look forward to after the melt.
With the third season of the Beechwood Market comes a new location, new look and new energy.
The move will be short and meaningful, across the street to the Marche St Charles - the former St Charles Church at 131 Barrette St. Many of you have read about the plans for this parcel of land. The introduction of the Beechwood Market for the 2016 season will lay the foundation for some of those long term goals.
Set to take place on the front lawn of the current property, the lush, grassy field will give the Market a new feel and much larger footprint. Able to accommodate over fourty vendors, the increased scale of the operation will be noticeable and more streamlined. Equipped with the compulsory live music, kids activities and Beechwood Brunch, quality products remain the main draw.
With this new set up comes a new energy. One step closer to becoming a regular destination for the whole City, the amplified establishment of the Market will draw more attention to Beechwood Village. With so much to offer from tree lined streets to sidewalk patios to stirring developments, a key goal of this year's marketing campaign is to be a bit disruptive, make some noise and gain some notoriety on a City-wide scale.
Ottawa, a City in flux, the East End must not be left behind.
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