Various vendors came to the James Street Market to sell their creations on Saturday.
This event was hosted by Algoma Public Health, Arts Council of Algoma, City of Sault Ste. Marie, District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board, Healthy Kids
Community Challenge Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Community Career Centre, Soup Kitchen
Community Centre and Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Constable Troy Miller said he thinks this event is a good way to show the community that Jamestown is better than the stigma that’s around it, while also bringing life back to both James St. and the market.
“This is an idea that’s been bouncing around for a couple of years. It’s a concept to get people a medium to sell homemade and handmade items that maybe there’s not a space for – a lot of other cities have large markets, flea markets, etc. and we don’t really have anything like that. So the concept’s been around for a bit, and we found with the state of affairs here in Jamestown that this would be the perfect fit for it to bring some life back into this part of the community,” he said.
“We’re seeing a lot of faces down here in Jamestown that probably haven’t been here for a while and lots of folks looking around and probably thinking ‘geeze, I remember what this was like in the 50s and 60s’ and maybe haven’t been here since. And ultimately that’s the goal – to get people to come down and be a part of the community down here and reinvigorate the area. It’s a great space down here, it just hasn’t been used for a while. So we’re going to try and pump some life back into it.”
Norma Lizotte, the volunteer coordinator and guest service navigator for the Soup Kitchen Community Centre, said she thinks this is a good way to give back to the community, who does so much for the soup kitchen.
“(We have) major amounts of community. A lot of donations from corporates, from individuals, from different groups. People that come in and just volunteer their time – even when they work full-time, they still seem to make that little bit of time for us, which is wonderful. Because we are basically all run by volunteer. There’s a few office people, but that’s it. The community is what supports us, and we want to support the community.”
Miller said the reason the Salt Ste. Marie Police were involved in this event is because “the social development piece also contributes to crime prevention. So instilling that sense of community or civic pride in areas that have maybe been neglected for some time – it helps people buy into that area of the city and feel like they’re a part of the city as a whole, and then contribute back to the city in a positive way.”
Miller said they’re hoping to make this a weekly or bi-weekly event starting next year.
The market takes place until 6 p.m. Saturday evening.