The 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second Street in downtown Dayton will feature fresh, local food, pantry staples, and hand-crafted gifts for this year’s holiday season.
The Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) for its annual Stock Up Wednesday event. Extended Market hours give shoppers the chance to pick up holiday meal essentials, most of them locally produced, as well as flowers, wreaths and much more. The Market will also be open during its normal weekend hours the Saturday before both Christmas and New Year’s. Market offerings include:
- Fresh, local fare: Locally grown produce, artisan breads and prepared desserts—paleo, vegan and gluten-free items are also available
- Specialty food items: Olive oils, vinegars, salsas, teas, jams, jellies, candy and chocolate
- Holiday décor: Handmade holiday wreaths, ornaments and flowers are available throughout the season
- Artisan gifts: Pottery, fabric arts, woodworking items, jewelry, hand-crafted dolls and glass art
Market vendors are currently taking pre-orders for items to be picked up during Stock Up Wednesday.
Homefull, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness, has extended their presence at the Market during the holiday season. Now at the Market on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Homefull will offer a variety of products, in addition to SNAP tokens. More than 25 Market vendors now accept Ohio Direction Card (SNAP), allowing more access to fresh, local food throughout the holiday season.
“Food is such an important part of people’s holiday celebrations,” said Market Manager, Jimmy Harless. “The Market’s partnership with Homefull creates better, more equitable access to fresh produce during the holiday season and year-round.”
Market-goers can enjoy lunch, holiday shopping and live music while their children take pictures with Santa in December. The dates are:
- Friday, Dec. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shop Small this Season
The 2nd Street Market will be open on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, in addition to the Saturdays just before Christmas and New Year’s.
“The Market is a great place to patronize small businesses,” Harless said. “You’ll end up with products and gifts that are unique, locally sourced and often one-of-a-kind.”
Small Business Saturday—an initiative that encourages holiday shoppers to purchase local goods from small businesses—falls on the Saturday after Black Friday each year.
Shopping small has grown into a season-long endeavor that has the potential to boost local economies and support job creation. American Express reports that small businesses account for 64% of new jobs created in the U.S. between 1993 and 2011. Additionally, 112 million people shopped small on Small Business Saturday in 2016—a 13 percent increase from 2015.
The 2nd Street Market is home to more than 40 small business vendors and is open year-round, Thursday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more about the 2nd Street Market at metroparks.org/localfood.
ABOUT 2nd STREET MARKET
The 2nd Street Market is a facility of Five Rivers MetroParks and provides shoppers locally grown and locally produced goods from more than 40 small businesses. It is open year-round on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more about the 2nd Street Market at metroparks.org/localfood.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks,gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).