Humble beginnings, handmade goods

Published on: Tue, Jan 08, 2019

Celebrate the Denton Community Market’s 10th anniversary

Live music fills the air as people pass by tables of locally-made goods. Handmade jewelry glistens in the sun and fresh produce is arranged in piles on a table. The green lawn on West Mulberry Street is full of Saturday morning activity as vendors exchange smiles and small talk. 

Welcome to the Denton Community Market.

Eight months out of the year, the market provides a place for local makers to sell their fresh, homemade goods and produce to the community. The market offers something different for every Dentonite. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019, the people behind the market remember its humble beginnings, including market president Vicki Oppenheim.

“It is a very big milestone,” Oppenheim says. “We started as a 100 percent volunteer organization, when we had no money, and now we’ve turned into this big thing.”

The market has grown from a small event to being a staple of the city’s Saturday activities.

For 10 years, the market has been offering local makers a place to sell their goods. For 10 years, locals have been coming to experience the community that makes Denton feel so unique. And for 10 years, the market has been an important facet of life in Denton.

“People tell me all the time, ‘You are what makes Denton Denton,’” Oppenheim says. “It’s fulfilling that the community thinks highly of us and that they feel it’s an important part of their quality of life in Denton.”

The main focus of the 10th season’s Opening Day will be looking back on the market’s history to mark where it came from and where it’s going.

From helping makers launch their small businesses into brick-and-mortar shops to boosting the local economy, the Denton Community Market has made a big financial impact over the years.

And with the help of a large grant, the market’s future will include renovations to continue making the market experience even better for the community. 

The market has seen a lot of growth in its first 10 years, and that growth will continue for the next decade.

“To have made it 10 years with all the challenges, it really is an accomplishment,” Oppenheim says. “It’s exciting to see that we will make our 10-year anniversary and that we’ve come a long way.”

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