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Most enlightening perspective and I completely agree in that the goal of the Market should be to provide the vendors that will attract the community. Exciting changes, like new vendors, are coming in the immediate future to the SPM. The long-term goals, like PHASE II, allow for expansion of the building to allow for even MORE year-round vendors. The market is developing rapidly and this is only the beginning my friends!!!
Josh, thanks very much for the detailed reply. I understand what you're saying about the competition with huckleberries (which is a better example than the mushrooms - thanks).
But not only you, but also any other vendors there selling huckleberries, etc. are also competing with local supermarkets, other farmers markets, and local farmers like Greenbluff, etc..
So I know that if we needed some huckleberries, I'd have a lot easier time getting everyone on board to go down to the SPM for them knowing there were multiple vendors than just a single one.
Take the Scone Ranger, I imagine his scone's are awesome, and word on the street is that he sometimes sells out his whole inventory before the market closes. Well, coming from the South Hill, I'm probably not going to bank on getting scones at the SPM unless it's early in the day and I think I think I have a good chance of scoring before he's bailed.
Now, if there were two scone vendors, I'd take that chance that at least one would have some, and chances are, that over time, I'd have a preference if they tasted different, or were priced/marketed differently.
A few years ago, I worked downtown near the SF Ferry Building, which has a bunch of shops, and like PIkes Place, is also a tourist attraction. What keeps the locals going there, are good deals, fresh produce, and multiple vendors of the same things.
Take Olive oil for example: there are two anchor Olive oil stores in the Ferry bldg. open 7 days a week there, and on the 3 farmers market days, there are even more vendors with boutique oils, sauces, and what might appear to be redundant offerings, but when it comes down to buying, there are big differences, but I know that market day or not, if the Ferry building is open, I can get my Olive oil need fixated.
Ever wonder why Lowes is just across the street from Home Depot? It's not a coincidence. If I need an odd plumbing or hardware item, I could drive to the General Store where they might have it, or I could drive to Lowes or HD, where the chances of one of them having the part is more likely.
I admire the SPM's founders and board trying to carve up a nice Cityville/Sim City Farmer's market with local good stuff for everyone, and not too much of any one thing, but to draw the customers there (remember, there is little scenery or tourist pull there like a Pikes Place, or SF Ferry Bldg.) to buy things, you need to offer selection, and multiple offerings in major categories.
Often, I'd go down to the SF Ferry building, specifically planning to get some fresh tamales, but sometimes that vendor wasn't there, or was out. But due to the many many other offerings, I never left there hungry, or with a full wallet, irregardless of whether the fresh Tamales were there or not.
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