Four-week trial for market |

Four-week trial for market

Mimi Boardman was busy Thursday gearing up for the Stonehouse Restaurant’s first Sunday market after getting what amounts to a conditional approval by the Nevada City Council.

The restaurant’s owner was able to resolve parking and other concerns late Wednesday night before the council voted 2-0 to allow the market to have a four-week trial run.

Mayor Sally Harris and Vice Mayor Barbara Coffman voted for it. Councilman Steve Cottrell and David McKay recused themselves due to their relationships with the Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed the new event.

The market is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Stonehouse parking lot at the intersection of Boulder, Nevada and Sacramento streets in downtown Nevada City.

The market itself will be like a “deluxe garage sale” that allows residents to sell used items,Boardman said. Downtown merchants and artists can sell their wares at the market, too.

“It will be a place to sell all the stuff you have in your garage that is too good to throw away. It will also bring more traffic to the downtown,” she said.

Coffman raised concerns about parking and the quality of items offered at the market. Boardman said she will serve as a gatekeeper to insure the market offers quality products.

“Nobody wants a junk market. We will close it down if it comes to that,” she said at Wednesday night’s meeting.

The parking issue was more of a challenge to overcome. City zoning regulations require the Stonehouse to provide adequate parking. In this case, the market takes parking spaces designated for Stonehouse customers.

The chamber of commerce, however, agreed to sponsor the event, enabling the city to treat it like the growers’ markets that have been given permission to close streets for their events. In this case, it is the Stonehouse parking lot that will be closed for the market.

Boardman said Thursday she’s pleased to get the city’s approval but has concerns about having to report back to the council after just four weeks to get its approval again. She has plans to hold the market every Sunday through Christmas.

“That part is difficult because we need time to build this,” she said. “We need time to establish this and attract buyers and sellers.”

The concept behind the market is similar to the recently approved Saturday grower’s market in downtown Nevada City, Boardman said.

She hopes the weekly sale will bring more traffic to the entire downtown, according to her Web site, which gives details on the event as well as directions to public parking lots and instructions on how to reserve booth space.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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