CSMS to host Valentine’s Day bazaar

January 31, 2014
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JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, will host its first annual Valentine’s Day pop-up bazaar at 668 Centre St., according to Executive Director Andrew Zarro.

Inspired by the “hugely successful” holiday bazaar that, by Zarro’s estimation, put $4,200 into the pockets of some JP women entrepreneurs, the Valentine’s Day bazaar will take place Feb. 6 through Feb. 9.

“We’re taking a vacant storefront and breathing new life into it,” Zarro told the Gazette last week. “There was maybe five minutes during the holiday pop-up when the room wasn’t packed.”

The holiday bazaar was so successful for vendors, Zarro said, that he now has a waiting list for this one. There will be at least a dozen vendors, possibly 14, selling jewelry—“A must for Valentine’s Day,” Zarro said—artisanal paper products, metal and glass sculptures and baked goods, among others.

“There’s a lot going on,” he said.

The bazaar will kick off during First Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 pm. It will also be open 6 to 9 pm Feb. 7, 11 am to 6 pm Feb. 8 and 11 am to 4 pm Feb. 9.

Vendor Ava Chan poses with her fiber goods during the CSMS Holiday Bazaar in December. (Photo Courtesy Andrew Zarro)

Vendor Ava Chan poses with her fiber goods during the CSMS Holiday Bazaar in December. (Photo Courtesy Andrew Zarro)