Heart of the Community Airdrie Markets is providing an opportunity to spring into the upcoming season and enjoy a day of shopping while supporting a variety of local small and home-based businesses.
“This Spring Fling Market is celebrating Easter and spring,” said organizer Tamara Hiltz, a local small business owner who started Heart of the Community last year. “I do every market toward a certain theme or holiday, to make it easy for those who are shopping for certain things to come out and find what they’re looking for.”
The event will be hosted March 10 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Daybreak Community Church and will present a wide range of vendors – from home-made items to network marketing products, Hiltz said.
“You’ll find unique items that you won’t find in a store,” she said. “There’s a lot of small businesses who come out from in and around Airdrie that you maybe didn’t even know were here – or, businesses you may have seen on social media or visited their webpage, but you don’t want to buy from them until you’ve seen the product in person. This gives you the chance to do that, and to support the local businesses we have here.”
More than 30 vendors will have items for sale at the market, Hiltz said, with several additional vendors set up in outdoor spots. According to Hiltz, the market was first started to give herself and other small business owners more opportunities to interact with potential customers – and has been very successful, with many vendors coming back for each seasonal market.
“I didn’t think it would get this big, but people really like supporting the community,” Hiltz said. “It really brings us all together and shows people what Airdrie has to offer outside of the normal big-box stores. It’s got a real kind of family feel.”
Each table will have a draw for visitors to enter, along with one grand prize draw. This market also features a special prize for kids, too, Hiltz said.
“There’s a colouring contest happening, and the picture has been posted on the Facebook page for people to print off and bring to the market once the kids have coloured it in,” she said. “There will also be a few sheets on tables at the market, so kids can colour there while their parents shop and enter the draw, as well.”
For more information, visit facebook.com/heartofairdrie