Just as many farmer’s markets in the Tampa Bay region close for the summer season, one local market is starting a unique twist on a traditional concept. The Bridge Street Merchants on Historic Bridge Street opened a night market in early June, and it will be open on select Saturday nights between now and the end of July.
“I was inspired to start a night market by my travels to other countries that have them,” says Melissa Enders, organizer of the night market. “I figured that with our hot summers in Florida, perhaps it would be fun to see how a night market would be.”
The market is hosted by the Bridge Street Merchants Association
, which is a nonprofit group that was formed in 2006 by merchants who were dedicated to promoting historic Bridge Street
in Bradenton Beach
. The area also features a pier, boutiques and resorts. Enders says she hopes the night market will draw visitors of all ages, including children.
“I tried to make it very family and kid-oriented since school will be out soon,” Enders says. “We have yummy food and desserts along with some handmade crafts, miniature golf tournaments, puppet shows and craft tents for kids.”
For vendors interested in participating in the market, Enders says they are still accepting applications and should email her
or call 215-906-0668.
The Bridge Street Merchants Night Market will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 16 and 30 and on July 14 and 28.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Melissa Enders, Bridge Street Merchants Association