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June 2, 2011

First Trade Days Saturday

HUNTSVILLE — Registration is still open for the first installment of Huntsville Trade Days, a planned monthly event designed to showcase and promote downtown merchants and the downtown area itself.

Spots are still open for both booths and food vendor positions at Trade Days. Anyone interested in registering for a position at the event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the downtown square, is urged to contact organizer Brandi Easterling at (903) 512-0355 or (936) 439-9333 before 8 p.m. today. Booth registration is $60 and food vendor registration is $100.

Easterling, who owns The Pink Zebra shop on the square, said she was inspired to make the event happening after hearing from other downtown merchants that it had been a dream for many years.

“There’s several businesses that have tried to do this, but they haven’t been able to, so I’ve been working to get it done,” Easterling said.

Numerous local businesses and food vendors from Huntsville and beyond have already signed up to participate in the event, and Easterling said she hopes the event will grow with each passing month to include more vendors, children’s activities and live entertainment.

The concept behind Trade Days is the creation of a new shopping and exploring opportunity for visitors to downtown Huntsville, and the event will showcase not only participating booth holders, but also nearby downtown businesses, Easterling said.

“We’re welcoming everybody,” she said. “We want as many people in our area as possible to come.”

Huntsville Main Street Coordinator Kim McAuliffe, who spends much of her working life advocating for downtown development, said Trade Days represents another opportunity for community development in Huntsville.

“We hope that lots of people will come out from the community and come to the first Trade Days,” McAuliffe said. “They have them in other surrounding towns and everyone really enjoys them.”


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