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Thursday Market debuts tonight

The Thursday Night Market kicks off tonight in Grass Valley and new features include an international food court offering different tastes from around the globe.

“We started the market 12 years ago when we didn’t have a lot going on on Friday nights,” said Howard Levine, executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association. “Moving the Friday Night Market to Thursday night was always our intent.”

Levine hopes that the move will help to capture what the market used to be in the past, a small-town event that enhances local farmers.



“We look at this as a more local Thursday night event,” Levine explained. “The local people are our first priority. Our businesses were somewhat impacted, so having the market on Thursdays will make it more convenient.”

In lieu of the crazy hoopla from Fridays of the past, Levine and the Grass Valley Downtown Association have decided to feature more musical attractions for the evenings of this coming summer.




“There will be various musicians in store fronts and alcoves throughout downtown,” Levine said. “The musicians will play on certain Fridays throughout July and August and the stores will be open later.”

Along with the beginning of the first Thursday Night Market, which starts at 6 p.m., downtown Grass Valley will also feature a Peddler’s Market and community yard sale. The community yard sale will take place at individual homes and churches throughout one square mile of downtown Grass Valley on this Saturday and Sunday from 8 am. until 4 p.m.

In conjunction with the yard sale, Sunday will bring a Peddler’s Market on Mill Street between Main and Nile streets at which many vendors from all around Northern California will show collectibles, antiques, good used junco and antique-related crafts.

The Peddler’s Market goes from 9-4, but vendors and buyers arrived early last year.

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To contact Staff Writer Lindsey Croft, e-mail lindseyc@theunion.com or call 477-4247.


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