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Bridgeport seeks vendors for holiday pop-up market

November 22, 2017

BRIDGEPORT — Whether you’re a hobbyist who knits socks or an aspiring entrepreneur looking for a sample market, the city wants to give you a chance to showcase your goods during the holiday season.

The city of Bridgeport is looking for vendors to register for the inaugural Holiday Pop-Up Market next month, where they will be able to sell their handcrafted goods and trinkets to the community. The bazaar-style market, put on by the Office of Housing and Community Development and the Small and Minority Business Resource Office, will be held on the first floor of the Margaret E. Morton Government Center on Broad Street.

“This is the type of thing that I think is not just positive for one neighborhood, which it is here, but for the entire city,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. “It’s the type of thing that builds the quality of life in neighborhoods. I think it rallies communities in a positive way and addresses a need.”

The pop-up market is slated to kick off Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature small-business owners and entrepreneurs along with hobbyists looking to make a few extra dollars while gaining some exposure for their products.

Local events like the farmers market at McLevy Green have attracted people throughout the Park City looking to purchase locally sourced items. Though farmers markets and festivals continue to grow in popularity nationwide, opportunities for vendors to sell their goods decrease as the temperature drops.

Ginne-Rae Clay, director of Office of Housing and Community Development, said the the pop-up market would be another opportunity to highlight residents who make and sell art, wares, food and more with little to no cost to the vendors or the city.

“We wanted to give our small-business owners, our entrepreneurs and our artists an opportunity to do something in the colder months and especially around Christmas,” she said. “Bridgeport is very supportive of entrepreneurs and artists. In the summer, there is always an opportunity to go to a market and there is always an opportunity to go to a festival and sell your wares. As we get into the winter months and the colder months, there aren’t that many outdoor festivals.”

Registration for the market is open to any interested vendors and is on the first-come-first-serve basis, according to Clay.

The city is looking to use every inch of the lobby and main conference room of the annex to set up between 50 and 75 tables. There will be a $25 registration fee that will be donated to a local nonprofit, that has not yet been named.

Participants can register online through Fred Gee, director of the Small and Minority Business Resource Office, by calling 203-576-8473 or emailing Fred.Gee@bridgeportct.gov.

Registration will close Dec. 11 at noon.