Arts flock to market

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The Market at Belmar is one of the staples of Lakewood’s summer season, and this year shoppers can find vintage arts and crafts at the new Hummingbird Market.

The market had it’s opening on July 28, and will be open again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Belmar, 464 S. Teller St.

The Hummingbird Market starts on the corner of W. Alaska Drive and Saulsbury St. and ends on S. Reed St.

Items like art, garden supplies and handmade soaps and lotions will be sold at the market.

“We had a meeting to plan our summer events, and Loredana Ottoborgo — who organizes the market — pointed out that the cycle of fruits and vegetables ebbs and flows,” said Christina Brickley, director of marketing for Belmar.

“We always like to include local merchants and we thought this would be something fresh to bring to the market.”

Ottoborgo said that there has been interests from artists in participating in the market for a while now, but since the Market at Belmar focused on food, there wasn’t a place for them to set up.

The Hummingbird Market will give them a chance to set up shop and see how it goes.

“We’re just doing the two dates to try it out for now,” Ottoborgo said. “If it’s successful it’s something we’d like to bring back next year and expand.”

Ottoborgo is also hoping the Hummingbird Market might bring in young people to participate.

During the July 28 market young entrepreneurs from The Young Americans Bank and Youth Biz were on hand selling some of their wares.

“It was great to have these young people take part in this,” she said. “I would really like to see some high school students next year, and maybe some youth garden clubs take place in the farmers market.”

Ottoborgo said that one of the benefits the Hummingbird Market has is being set up next to a well-established farmers market, which she hopes will bring more people in.

“I’m really hoping it becomes a creative place for people of all ages to be part of,” she said.

For more information, visit www.belmarcolorado.com.

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