In fact, all the way from Starbucks to Dunkin’ Donuts, the vendors are raving about the increased business. The owner of Lutz Nuts says, “I like this much better. I like not being in a parking lot. It’s attracting more people!” She is optimistic about the future of the Farmer’s Market. “It will just get better.”
A glimpse of the fresh goods available at the Market - Photo by Ian Phoenix
Even local businesses who don’t have a booth on the street are benefiting from the location switch. On the sidewalk, Caliyogurt offers free samples of their California-style frozen yogurt and tea. Phillip Park, the owner, says he’s glad that the Farmer’s Market is now set up directly outside of his shop. “[The Farmer’s Market] brings the people, so it’s a good thing.”
The move to a more prominent part of town is thanks to Bob Fernandez, who runs The Farmer’s Market with his family. “We’d thought it’d be a better location,” he said. He has been running the Farmer’s Market for fourteen years with his family and also commented, “We love being a part of Clearwater.”
But does this new location pose any problems? Yes, for Alain Guillaume at The Belgian Pearl. At the end of the day, he was completely sold out of his Belgian Waffles, made from a recipe from Liege (in Belgium), and did not have a sample to offer a young reporter snooping around. Which, he commented, is a good problem to have.
- Tampa Bay Informer
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