Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New Year ... New Plans ....

2018 was a great year for the Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market.  We were supported by so many hardworking and diverse stallholders who really went all-out to present a fabulous Market each month with a warm and welcoming vibe - the positive feedback from our customers was incredible - I can honestly say that each and every Market gave us a reason to smile.

We moved to a different venue during 2018 and we really appreciate the flexibility of our stallholders in working alongside us to get the best out of the venue and really make it work.

However, we have been approached by our previous Venue, where they have an enthusiastic new Manager, inviting us to return there during 2019.  We've had a couple of meetings to nut out how it will work and are pleased to tell you that we will be holding the 2019 Markets at the Devonport Community House on Clarence Street in Devonport.

We are really excited by this change - with the additional space and outdoor area that the Community House offers us - and we are really looking forward to continuing the Devonport Market tradition of offering a lively, friendly and warm vibe and also expanding what we offer in whatever direction it takes us.

Our new stall fees for 2019 are on our Seller's Page - there is a slight increase in line with other similar Markets and reflects increased costs that we have to cover - but I'm sure you will agree that we continue to offer great value for money for this unique Market in the amazing setting of Devonport.

We look forward to welcoming stallholders and customers alike during 2019 and hope to see some new faces alongside our regulars.

Happy New Year to one and all.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Amazing August

Crikey, we really saw some magic happen at the Market in August - we welcomed a record number of customers through our doors and achieved an incredible level of sales all around the Market.

Once again, we were lucky with the weather, a welcome respite from the cold and rainy days we had been experiencing over the previous few weeks.  We're not sure quite what it was that drew the locals and visitors alike to the Market in such large numbers - the unseasonably bright and warm weather, the pulling power of Ian sitting outside the local eatery having his breakfast whilst wearing the Market sandwich board .. or maybe the new, and very beautiful, lighting and decor in the Arcade drawing people through ... whatever it was let's hope we can manage a repeat at the next Market in September.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wonderful July Market

It was so great to see all our amazing stallholders at the Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market in July - the weather was surprisingly good for the time of year and we welcomed back some old friends who we haven't seen for a while.

One of the things I love about our Market is the variety of stallholders who come along - we aren't a huge venue so don't have room for very much 'doubling up' of types of stall - so it's great that we have a real mix from Market to Market.  I really love seeing everyone's handmade items and marvel at the skill and hardwork that clearly goes into each item.

I also love the variety of customers that come along - we have a real mix in Devonport - from locals who pop in each month to have a look at what's new; those who travel a distance to make a regular purchase from a favourite stallholder and visitors to the area who might be on a cruise breaking their voyage in Auckland or catching up with family and friends in the Village.  No matter who our customers are, they all enjoy a warm welcome and a browse around an impressive array of stalls.

So much to love about our special Market.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Easter Fun

What a magnificent Market we all had yesterday.  Everyone has really settled well into our new venue and we've really made it our own on Market Day.

We welcomed a few new faces this time and it was great to see them joining in with the wonderful rapport that the regular stallholders have.

I'm really loving the atmosphere that the stallholders create together inspires me to go home and be creative ... although maybe a cup of tea is on my mind first and foremost at the end of a busy Market Day.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fab March

It really feels like we are going from strength to strength this year .. we are working out how to get the very best from our new venue and we have received lots of compliments from customers and stallholders alike.

The sun shone on us today - which always lifts the spirits - and spurs us on to try and secure some additional outside space.  Let's hope the sunshine stays with us.

We are puttting all our efforts into making the Navy Days Market on 24th March an amazing event - and then focusing on how we can make our April Market even better ... we have a hard act to follow that's for sure.