| Newark Advocate
NEWARK — The eighth-annual Women of Small Business Holiday Farmers Market will be a socially-distanced event Saturday spread across 5 acres on a farm east of Newark.
General admission for the event, featuring 100 women-owned businesses in the county, will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 1482 Montgomery Road, east of Newark and north of Marne, one mile north of Ohio 16.
Organizer Amanda Grady said the annual event, previously a shopping gala in Heath, was moved to the farm to provide for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re doing everything we need to do to keep it as safe as possible,” Grady said. “We’re working with the Ohio Department of Health. People can still get out and shop, and wear masks and socially distance. A lot of women look forward to this.”
A VIP hour begins at 1 p.m., followed by the general admission period. The VIP tickets were purchased in seven minutes on Sept. 24.
Masks are required. Hand sanitizers will be located every 6-10 feet.
Grady said and her husband, Mike, bought the 120-year old farm house to fix up and flip it to sell, but decided to take advantage of the space to host the market and benefit the women of small business.
“Our mission is to connect our community of high quality women of small business to new shoppers in a unique and exciting shopping environment,” Grady stated on the event’s Facebook page. “Mike and I and our entire family are so excited to host your family this year at Chateau Grady Farmers Market.”
Vendors will sell like jewelry, apparel, makeup/skincare, crafts or woodcrafts, not oversaturated with similar vendors, Grady said.
The event will also include the Licking Valley choir, a food truck. Admission is free, but parking is $10. Parking will be located on 6 acres of the 11-acre farm.