Indoor market hopes to expand

June 8, 2017 by  

A new market in Anchorage has been open for only a few weeks, but already its founder wants to see it expand, according to an article on the KTUU website. The 4th Avenue Indoor Market has taken over a former state library that was housed on the bottom floor of the 4th Avenue Market Place.

Don Williams, a visitor to Anchorage from South Dakota, stopped because he thought the market looked “really interesting.” On the day Williams visited, there were thirteen vendors set up in the space.

Among those who have participated in the market are guitarist Becky Kotter, and Nancy Bryan, who sells cuckoo clocks and hand-made music boxes. Another vendor was selling qaspeqs – a traditional Native type of dress – that a family member had made, and Laura Sheldon was selling hand-made greeting cards under the “L Cheapo Card Company” name.

Gail Jones is the visionary behind the market, and is looking forward to running at least through the summer, then the holidays. In February, Fur Ronde (the Fur Rendezvous, a winter festival) will draw visitors. She hopes to create a farmers’ market that’s open all year, with up to 35 vendors. The market is open Friday-Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm.

Efforts like this can benefit if organizers work with a flyer printing company to create a handout for visitors, listing vendors and their products.