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Silly Holiday Bazaar Offers Festive, Local Shopping Experience

Park Silly Holiday Bazaar

The annual Silly Holiday Bazaar returns to Park City this weekend. It’s festive and artsy and a way to buy local for your holiday shopping.

Silly Sunday Market Executive Director, Kate McChesney says the market opens on Friday at 5 and runs until 9. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 to 5. It’s at the former Marriot on Sidewinder, now the Sheraton. It’s free and lots of parking is available. They’ll have about 80 vendors set up and they represent a combination of businesses. And as always, Santa will be in the house.

"So, it’s a little bit of both. We have folks that we see during the summer. We have folks that we only see during the holiday Bazaar and then I think we have about 30 new vendors that have never attended either and that's something that we're always looking for. Kimberly will tell you it's always about business incubation an entrepreneur and getting somebody a venue for them to try out selling their wares.”

CEO and Co-Founder Kimberly McKuen and her team traveled to Spokane to help the Kalispel Tribe of Indians organize an open-air market they called the Quest Sunday Fest. Helping cultivate entrepreneurship in the community through local business development is part of their mission statement. She says it was very successful and they’re planning to return next summer.

“Yeah, it went really well.  We started off with five Sundays, Spokane WA. We worked for the Kalispel Tribe and it's a casino and they built the most amazing Plaza and it was a fabulous summer. We had 4000 people per Sunday. It was great to actually teach other people the recipe about business incubation and economic development and bringing the community together. And it was a great experience for Katie and I and we're going to continue to do so, and still keep the ball rolling on what we have learned here. It's exciting. You know there are great people to work with and you know very receptive in regards to how to bring the community together and you know make those businesses from hobbies.”

The Park Silly Market contract extension is on the Park City Council agenda this week. They plan to address a few concerns in response to some neighborhood requests.

“The very typical things of parking, uh maybe a little bit of pedestrian management, um some music, not necessarily that we wouldn't have any music but maybe lowering the decibels a little bit so that it's a little softer in the morning just to kind of keep everybody happy all the way around. And of course, as usual when the city asks us to do anything, we are very compliant and willing to do everything just to make everybody happy. Cause we love being on Main Street and we love the relationship that we have with the merchants on Main Street, the HPC and again the city so we would love to just kind of smoothly run it right across, so yeah.”

The Silly Holiday Bazarre is Friday from 5 to 9, Saturday and Sunday is 10 to 5 at the Sheraton, formerly the Marriot on Sidewinder. 


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