LaSalle Night Markets To Return

LaSalle's night markets are set to make a return next year. The first-year initiative began in May and town council has now approved funding for a second year in the 2019 budget.

The markets brought together vendors, entertainment and other activities one Sunday a month in May, June, July and August at the LaSalle Civic Centre. The town put up $3,325 for the four nights but $2,500 of that was recouped in vendor fees.

Director of Culture and Recreation Julie Columbus says the market was a hit with those who attended. "It went extremely well, so well received by the community, so well received by the businesses. We went from about 20 vendors the first evening in May all the way through to over 40, almost 50 on the last one."

Columbus adds the markets are good exposure for small Mom and Pop businesses in LaSalle. "It's a vibe of economic development for our town so, a lot of small, individual-owned, home-based businesses could come out and highlight their product and showcase what they had to offer."

While the first four events were extremely successful, Columbus expects to see some 'tweaking' in 2019. "We added a couple elements even as the summer progressed with the yoga classes and we did zumba on the pad down below. We've got some different ideas coming forward but we'll make sure that it's very interesting and the residents are intrigued."

Dates for next year's night markets won't be set until the 2019 budget is finalized by council.