Greensburg Night Market expands vendor and music space
The Greensburg Night Market expands with three to four blocks of vendors and live music starting Thursday.
In its fourth year, the city’s extended evenings of shopping, dining and entertainment — from 5:30 to 9 p.m. — tripled in size in April, the start of the current season. The event grew along Pennsylvania Avenue from one block to three blocks, which is limited to pedestrian traffic during the event.
“The response this year to the Greensburg Night Market has been amazing,” said Jessica Hickey, owner of Downtown Greensburg, organizing the event.
She said attendance at each monthly market, which takes place from April through September, has increased to more than 5,000 people.
She said: “Our original plan was to expand to block 4 next year, but we’ve decided to go ahead and do that for the second half of this season.”
The expanded night market venue will extend from Otterman Street south to Fourth Street. This will make room for more music and 20 new sellers, for a total of over 100.
The market featured a mix of vendors from the community and beyond, offering food or handicrafts for sale.
New companies joining the list continue to reverse the mix. They include the Steel City Whip, which serves frozen fruit waffles; Pepperoni Rolling, a bakery specializing in pepperoni rolls. The Preppie Puppy, which sells leashes, collars, ties, and other items for dogs; and Made for Mama Shop of Irwin, which specializes in handwritten coffee mugs.
There will be live acoustic music performed by local artists in each of the four blocks. Thursday’s lineup includes Josh James, Chad Toland, Michael Lindner, and a solo performance from one of The String Theory’s.
Hickey said there is a waiting list for additional sellers keen to set up market stalls. For now, she’s reached the maximum amount of space available for vendors, but she hopes that visitor attendance will continue to grow.
“It’s exciting to see so many people in the market,” Hickey said. She encourages visitors, after perusing the market stalls, to explore the many downtown shops, restaurants and bars that open during the event.
“We hope they get some new clients,” she said. “We attract a lot of people to the city from all over the world, including Pittsburgh.”
While dog lovers who visit the market may find items geared for canines, they are required to leave their pets at home for safety reasons.
August 25 and September 29 will be the remaining market dates for this season.
Visit greensburgnightmarket.com for more information.
Jeff Himmler is a writer for the Tribune Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-7622, email@example.com, or via Twitter .