CORNWALL, Ontario – There was a steady stream of customers searching for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift during the Valentine’s Day Maker’s Market at Cornwall Square on Feb 5. The event was held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with organizers Dayna Gunn and Ashley Barnhart, who own DG Vintage and Handmade Array respectively, expressing how pleased they were with the turnout.
Barnhart explained how “with the pandemic people were looking for a reason to get out and socialize,” with Gunn commenting how the event provided the opportunity for people to support local vendors. 28 vendors were at the market on Saturday, with a good selection of items for sale, including flowers, jewellery, and other hand-made items available.
Barnhart and Gunn agreed both the customers and vendors seemed happy with the shopping experience at the market. Ashley Devine, owner of Devine Designs, explained she attended the event for a few reasons including to support other small businesses, meet vendors and to promote her business. Laura Brown, a designer at Blooms in Cornwall, commented there was a lot of traffic during the market and mentioned she enjoyed answering questions from youngsters about flowers.
There was plenty to see in the two rooms where the market was held, and customers seemed to be enjoying seeing what vendors had for sale. Just outside the market was a photobooth where people were able to get Valentine’s Day themed photos taken as well as two additional booths for customers to peruse.