A new outdoor market in Surf City is proving a success as summer kicks into full swing.
Surf City Summer Market has opened every Tuesday to the public for about a month selling everything from handmade jewelry to local produce.
“We have about 15 vendors now and we’re getting more each week,” said Debbie Wilson, president of the nonprofit market.
Market shoppers can choose from a variety of goods, including handmade stained glass and mosaic stepping stones, jewelry, copper weather vanes, homemade soaps and scrubs, leather goods, fresh-baked goodies and just-picked vegetables from a Sneads Ferry farm.
Since the market was set up as a nonprofit, Wilson said, a spot is reserved each week for another nonprofit to showcase its work.
Area vendors began making plans to establish the market earlier this year as a way to stay local rather than travel to other markets, Wilson said.
“A lot of us had done other markets together,” she said. “Most of us live between Hampstead and Sneads Ferry. We just decided we wanted to do something local. Tuesday was the only day there wasn’t another market anywhere in the area.”
An arts and crafts market debuted in neighboring Topsail Beach last summer. The Topsail Beach Craft Market is held each Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 802 S. Anderson Blvd. There are more than 20 vendors selling one-of-a-kind works of art and craft items each week at the market on the south end of Topsail Island.
Surf City Summer Market is located at the Nelva R. Albury Recreation Area at the corner of N.C. 210 and Broadway Street. The town-owned property includes a playground and public bathrooms.
“The town’s been extremely supportive and a lot of locals come to the market,” Wilson said. “We have a lot of repeat customers that come every week for the bakery items and fresh produce.”
The market has been a long time coming, according to Surf City Planning Director Todd Rademacher.
“We’ve talked about it for years,” he said. “We’re glad that we have something like this here.”
Wilson has one tip for anyone interested in visiting the market: come early.
“Things like the produce and baked goods tend to sell out early,” she said.
The market will remain open on Tuesdays through Sept. 2.