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Vancouver Mall site gives small vendors big venue

first_imgFarmers markets, night markets and public fairs and festivals are frequently ground zero for local artisans of all stripes who want to test their new foods, drinks, crafts and creations and build a following.Success at a community market can be the first step in the growth of an emerging small business. But that first step can be a challenge due to the logistical hurdles and time commitment needed to operate at multiple events.“Finding anywhere to get it out there in front of people is really expensive,” says Ryan Steinbarge.Steinbarge and his wife, Krystal Steinbarge, are the operators behind one of the newest Vancouver Mall stores. And it’s a concept they hope provides a more structured approach to community markets to help newly minted vendors clear that initial hurdle.Their creation is called America’s Market. And the idea is for the storefront to serve as a permanent, low-cost vendor space to tap into the mall’s heavy foot traffic while giving shoppers access to products that they wouldn’t normally find in a mall.The storefront, located on the mall’s lower level near Cinetopia, is divided into a series of 9-by-7-foot spaces that vendors can rent on a daily, weekly, weekend or month-to-month basis and configure however they want.last_img read more