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Vendor spaces approach capacity at outdoor Beckley market

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Scheduled to open Saturday morning, the second bi-monthly
Neville Street Market is already approaching vendor capacity, and organizers predict that it will soon expand to include additional streets.

Proceeds from vendor fees for Saturday’s event will got to support programs at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Beckley, and market organizers are similarly dedicating proceeds to other local non-profit organizations in future.

More than 1,000 customers and curious guests turned out for the first open-air market two Saturdays ago, and such an attendance indicates that the event may far exceed original expectations, especially as the weather warms and word of the market is disseminated.

“We have plenty of room for additional vendors, but we may be expanding a lot more quickly than we predicted,” Sasha Cantley of Tickety Boo Mercantile said of the event. “News of Neville Street is already reaching audiences in Ohio and Virginia, so we’re expecting to break records as far as these sorts of merchant festivals go.”

The market area is located in Beckley’s historic downtown, a drive of two miles from interstate expressways 64 and 77 and highways U.S. 19 and W.Va. 16, a location that organizers say is convenient for regional and interstate visitors.

Cantley said visitors to the first market seemed impressed by the quality of merchandise, which included locally crafted arts as well as high-end flea market fare.

Saturday’s market will also see the addition of sitting areas for older visitors and a children’s matinee in the Beckley Theater.

A ribbon-cutting that features local veterans as guests is scheduled for 11 a.m.

The market will open at 8 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. Vendor access will open at 6:30 a.m.

For more information, guests and vendors may call Tickety Boo Mercantile at 304-575-8202 or 304-573-1013.  For more information on the market, visit facebook.com/nevillestreetmarket

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