As a business owner in a former life, I am amazed at how difficult it is to make business decisions within a bureaucracy. But after 16
years in state government, I have come to accept that decisions that affect our constituents cannot be made at the whim of one person. So the decision to move The Market came after many, many meetings, reaching a general consensus from staff, unanimous vote of the Market Advisory Committee, and approvals from the Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council board.
As communications director at the arts council, I was privy to many of these meetings and I feel it’s my obligation to spill the beans. Here are some things I heard.
1. In all likelihood, there will be no basketball games at Rupp Arena during market dates, March 1 – 4, 2012, so parking should be a breeze and free (unless something is scheduled in the arena).
2. Downtown Lexington has a wide variety of dining options just steps away from the exhibit hall, making it more attractive and affordable to our buyers, retail customers, exhibitors, volunteers and staff.
3. Louisville area artists will be able to reach a new customer base in Lexington.
4. Most surveyed wholesale buyers said they had no preference on where the market is held.
5. Lexington has a broader geographic reach. People with expendable income come from as far away as a three-hour drive to use Lexington as their shopping city.
So, mark your calendars now for the 30th annual wholesale and retail arts marketplace, where cutting edge meets tradition.
KENTUCKY CRAFTED: THE MARKET
Lexington Convention Center
430 W. Vine Street
Open to the Trade:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT
Friday, March 2, 2012 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT
Buyers must show two forms of business identification.
Open to the Public:
Saturday, March 3, 2012 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT
Sunday, March 4, 2012 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Admission: $10 Adults, Children 15 and under free.
Ed Lawrence, communications director