The Transcona BIZ Market Garden has nestled into Transcona Centennial Square.
The market, which opened July 4 and will run every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Aug. 29, used the space at 135 Regent Ave. W. last year, but didn’t have full use of it.
The Archambault Pavilion, for example, was not ready until this summer season. Now it will host buskers at the market each Thursday, and full bands over the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays beginning July 19.
Nearly 20 vendors selling wares, from tea, coffee and fresh vegetables to crafts and jewelry, gathered around the New Flyer Peace Fountain launching bursts of water, which was turned on at noon. With children and even Elmwood-Transcona MP Lawrence Toet taking time between the gushing pipes, the brand-new fountain was certainly welcome on a day temperatures reached 30 C.
Transcona BIZ executive director Wendy Galagan said the number of vendors is steady from last year, though she hopes to be able to add more later in the season.
"Once construction is complete on the clock tower, we hope to add a few more vendors," she said.
New vendors include the L’Arche Tova Café selling baking, as well as new jewelry and sewing vendors.
"We look at supplying a diverse variety," said Galagan. "We want to offer our customers an option as far as the products that are being presented."
She said the market, running since 2004, has had a nomadic existence, with several locations in its short history. She’s glad it has found a home on Regent.
"We’re so pleased to be able to offer it in this location, to offer entertainment, and utilize the Archambault Pavilion," she said.
Galagan added the project received funding from all three levels of government, and the project was spearheaded by Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt.
Transcona BIZ president Rick Purling said between finding sponsors and government funding, getting everything together was quite the project.
"It’s been a three-year project to get the park realized," Purling said. "Putting in the fountains today was great. It’s nice and hot out. Kids are enjoying it already."
Purling is glad to see the square starting to realize its full potential.
"I don’t think Transcona’s had something like this for a long time, where they can get together when it’s hot out," Purling said, noting more benches will be installed in the park in the "next couple weeks".
For more information, visit www.transconabiz.ca