THE success of the very first Coffs City Centre Makers Market is being seen as a good omen for the future of this latest venture to support and promote local Coffs Coast artisans.
"The first Market was great," CBD Masterplan Committee member Rod McKelvey said.
"It really created a great community vibe in the City Centre and we hope that it will become another draw card to bring people in to experience the City Centre on a Saturday.
"What really stood out was the way people were interacting with the stall-holders.
"For example, Ann Novis was talking through the technique she uses to hand paint silk scarves to interested people throughout the day.
"So the Makers Market is a great way for the community to gain an appreciation for the creative industries and the contribution that it makes to our community."
The Market aims to provide an outlet for local artisans, makers and artists to showcase their wares, while giving people the opportunity to discover local creative talent in a relaxed and sociable environment.
The first Market saw a variety of locally-crafted products such as turned wooden bowls and fruits, wooden children's toys, furniture, handmade candles, jewellery, hand-painted silk scarves, natural dog products and unique crafted hats.
The Coffs City Centre Makers Market is the first of a range of initiatives to be implemented by the CBD Masterplan Committee to enrich and enliven the City Centre.
The Market will run every Saturday in City Square from 8am to 2pm.
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