‘I’m glad Tarentum’s opening up’: Evening Market attracts prospects to small companies on covid rebound

David Gartner paused to get a satisfying whiff of the ribs and hen scorching atop a barbecue grill on the sidewalk exterior J&G Nook Retailer on Thursday evening.

The 66-year-old Tarentum resident and his companion had simply “accomplished the entire circuit” of small companies taking part within the Tarentum Evening Market, a month-to-month occasion throughout which a slew of native locations lengthen their hours till at the least 8 p.m.

Gartner topped off his night of purchasing, dwell music and visits to a few of his favourite retailers by heading to Cindy’s Mushy Serve on East Fourth Avenue for a slice of pie.

“I like it after they have these occasions and everybody comes out and we purchase native. Even on a chilly night, it’s simply nice,” Gartner mentioned as temperatures dipped into the low 40s shortly after a bout of sunshine rain. “Staying open till 8 at evening, particularly because the climate will get hotter, it’d be nice in the event that they did it extra.”

Dartlin Lucas, who was manning J&G Nook Retailer’s grill, mentioned that even for companies that normally keep open later, the occasion was a boon.

“We’re getting a whole lot of visitors,” Lucas mentioned. “There’s lots of people coming to say, ‘I’m glad Tarentum’s opening up.’ ”

Dozens of consumers and neighborhood members of all ages bustled alongside Corbet Road from Fourth to Sixth avenues, stopped by sidewalk distributors and popped into companies taking part within the occasion to advertise exercise in Tarentum’s central enterprise district.

A DJ performed Prime 40 jams and dance music exterior Harvest Moon Cafe. Just a few blocks up Corbet Road, close to a Tribune- Overview promotional sales space, musician Derrick Beattie jammed out on a guitar, taking part in a mixture of reggae and traditional rock.

“There’s folks round, shopping for stuff and having enjoyable. I’m right here only for the human connection and to have the ability to play for a pair those who I don’t even know and have enjoyable,” mentioned Beattie, who grew up in Decrease Burrell however now lives in Irwin. “There’s a bunch of cool companies, not simply the artwork and all of the meals, however you’ve bought, like, Dry Bones skate store making skateboards for teenagers. A few smaller bars are in all probability getting extra enterprise.”

On the Murphy Constructing, Duquesne College Pharmacy College provided free blood stress screenings.

The occasion additionally drew regional distributors resembling Vigneta Vineyard primarily based in Buffalo Township.

“It will get folks out and about — they usually’re able to be out,” mentioned Fred Sammons, winemaker with La Vigneta Vineyard. Enterprise has slowed in the course of the pandemic, however he and different small enterprise homeowners are able to rebound.

“We’ve been hanging in there,” he mentioned.

After asking Sammons just a few questions on his wines, Joseph Ayala, 21, of New Kensington opted to purchase a bottle of apple pie moscato.

“It’s a shiny thought to convey extra folks down right here business-wise,” mentioned Ayala, who works as a barber across the nook at Willy T’s Cuts and has excessive hopes for the realm’s revitalization.

David Rankin, government director of Religion Group Companions and one of many organizers, has mentioned if it proves well-liked sufficient, the occasion might be prolonged to multiple Thursday a month.

“I really like the idea,” Beattie mentioned. “It’s getting folks out. That is fairly secure — we’re exterior and everybody carrying their masks and stuff.

“It’s only a good thing for the neighborhood, particularly smaller cities like these which have a whole lot of potential and funky issues that may be finished.”

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Overview workers author. You may contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@triblive.com or through Twitter .

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