There are even more shopping options at the Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves now that a new artisan market has opened. The Second Saturday Market will be set up monthly in between Best Buy and Burlington, and close to 30 vendors have signed up sell their products.
Organizer Stacey Klawinski held the first one earlier this month, and she said she’s excited to see it get off the ground. The first two, held in November and December, were holiday markets, so 2020 is providing the first opportunity for more vendors to sell their varied items and foods.
The Jan. 11 market included direct-market booths selling Scentsy and Origami Owl, a honey company and tents with children’s clothing and handmade bags. Food vendors sold crepes, stuffed churros, cotton candy, omelets, hotdogs, snow cones and baked goods.
Klawinski said the market already has grown from the original 12 vendors to 20 and, now, 30. Her goal isn’t to compete with the Winter Garden Farmers Market but to complement it, she said. The Winter Garden market doesn’t allow direct-sales booths, only hand-crafted items, she said, so she set out to find a location where she and others could set up together.
She contacted the management company, which liked the idea and proposed a monthly event. There are basically three rules, she said — food vendors must operate under a tent and not in a food truck, vendors cannot sell the same merchandise as the stores in the Winter Garden Village, and every booth must sell something different.
Klawinski said vendors can sign up for as many or as few months as they’d like; there is no year-long commitment that is required at other markets. Booths are $75 each Saturday; she said there currently is a waiting list but folks are welcome to add their name to it.
Pregnant and due in March, Klawinski said she will be set up at the February market and then is taking a few months off. Her Scentsy team will fill in over the summer, but expect the new mother to be back at her booth by fall.
Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.