Employee's granddaughter creates open-air market for artisans

The Central Market will celebrate the market’s grand opening on Saturday (July 21) from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Central Assembly Christian Life Center, 12000 W. Fairview Ave. (on the corner of Cloverdale and Fairview), in Boise.

The Central Market is the brainchild of Kiele Newton-Sittser, a 14-year-old Senior Girl Scout (granddaughter of Levi Sittser) who runs her own pop-up business, “Kiwi’s Place”. She wanted to open a flexible and affordable market for where young artisans (and adult artisans) can sell their handmade goods.

She recognized that several local farmers’ markets imposed requirements like pre-payment or summer-long commitments, that can be a significant barrier to a participant, particularly for young artisans. So an alternative was needed. As a result of Kiele’s efforts, she recently was appointed Ambassador to Kids’ Pop-Up Shop in downtown Boise.

The Central Market welcomes youth and adult vendors, but scholarships are available for vendors ages 12-18 (provided they make the merchandise they sell.

The Central Market will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 29.

Interested vendors can contact The Central Market at westboisecentralmarket@gmail.com, or by telephone at (208) 391-3247. The Central Market features 10 x 10 exhibit spaces, which are available for a $25 donation to benefit the youth of Central Assembly Christian Life Center.

Published 7-20-2012