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The Clinton Thursday Market on Whidbey Island is thriving in its new location

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There are more than 20 vendors at the Clinton Thursday Market, next to the Clinton Community Hall, from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. every week through Aug. 28. The Market is just a few minutes up the hill from the Clinton Ferry Terminal. “The Thursday Market is more energetic in its new location,” said Carol Flax, the Market Manager. “People are enjoying it more.

Flax added: “This market feels like a wonderful gift to the community - a place to gather, eat good food, enjoy some beer or wine, listen to music and see friends and neighbors, while enjoying the variety of products available from our vendors. This new location seems like the beginning of a new life for Clinton.”

The Market is in its third year, and an increasing number of customers are appreciating the charm of this market that includes local produce, a bakery (Sundance Bakery), dinner items (from The Lunchbox), books (from Friends of the Clinton Library), and arts and crafts. Vendors appreciate that they have a choice of being indoors or outdoors, and it provides a larger space for shoppers to walk around and see what’s for sale.

There are several farmers markets on Whidbey Island, but the idea of creating a market in Clinton grew out of the Clinton Future Search a few years ago. Bob Craven, the President of the Clinton Chamber approached Flax and asked her if she would be willing to organize and manage a market for Clinton. As a long- time resident and supporter of the community, Carol enthusiastically took on this new job.

For its first two years, the Thursday Market was in Clinton Square behind the Chevron station. Vendors and shoppers agreed the market needed more visibility from the highway. Flax approached the Clinton Progressive Association and, after a year of discussion and negotiations working out the details, the Market had the grand opening at its new location on July 3.

Kathy and Bob Craven, of Craven Insurance, are the tenders for the new Beer and Wine Garden. They both appreciate the atmosphere of the Market at its new location. According to Kathy, “ Being able to pour the beer and local wines at our Clinton Market has given my husband and me a chance to know our neighbors better.” Her husband agreed and also noted, “We are all so busy, especially small business owners, that the chance to relax, listen to music and laugh here is a real gift to our community.”

Each week, local musicians are entertaining. For a complete listing of vendors and performers, check the website: www.clintonthursdaymarket.com

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