UPDATE 9/24/2014 12:00 PM
The changing of the seasons won't be changing Friday nights at the Point Park Marketplace
For the first time, the marketplace is open year-round.
That means dining, shopping and entertainment won't stop with the end of summer.
Instead organizers say "Fridays at five" will run through the holiday season.
They say there's a local demand to continue hosting customers through the fall.
"They like the music. We have something different every week so it's real good and the food, we always have a different dinner special so it's good. And the ice cream and the bakery, so everybody enjoys being here," says Kim Gant, administrative assistant in the mayor's office.
Starting next month, the market will sell pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks.
Then on the 17th, a Halloween bicycle ride will start from the marketplace.
UPDATE 7/4/2014 5:30 PM
A familiar taste and a friendly face to Parkersburg now has a new stand at the marketplace.
Chef Yancy opened his new stand at the Point Park Marketplace Friday morning.
Just in time for the holiday weekend.
His friends, family and even a few of TheNewsCenter's own were out to support him.
And Mayor Bob Newell made the first purchase and he even signed the first money earned.
Yancy was surrounded by friends and family at his new stand.
He hasn't had his own place for about twenty five years and now he finally has a shop to call home.
And it's alongside some of Parkersburg's finest.
Chef Yancy's stand will be open during marketplace hours which are 10 to 6 Thursday through Saturday.
UPDATE 7/4/2014 10:30 AM
Prime season for produce.
Parkersburg's Point Park Marketplace opened its farmers market for the first time Thursday.
There's a range of produce to buy, all coming from five local farms and vendors.
Close enough to downtown, yet still peaceful, with a patio to enjoy Chef Yancy's cooking.
And the ice cream vendor opens for the first time Friday.
A family friendly way to get out this holiday weekend.
"So we want everybody to come and support this market. You know we go off the slogan 'Support Your Farmer," says Jarrod Dean, Marketing Associate with the Department of Agriculture. "Oh my favorite vegetable is tomatoes. You can make a variety of things. Fried green tomatoes and fresh red tomatoes are the best."
Dean says the market is a way to create bigger opportunities for our West Virginia farmers.
The market is open 10 to 6 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
UPDATE 5/8/2014 4:55 PM
Another beautiful day in the Valley.
Perfect for the opening of the new Point Park Marketplace.
A steady stream of people made their way into the market to look at handmade alpaca hats, scarves and gloves, homemade baked goods and rows and rows of fresh plants and flowers.
With this new location, vendor Tammy Marks says it'll be great for business.
"I think it's fabulous; it's a great place for people to come and they can shop and they can just get out and about and see what the local community has to offer here in Parkersburg," she says.
Marks says she likes the indoor location, with outdoor decks and tables.
There's room to grow and it's conveniently located right off the interstate and Route 50 and such a nice place to visit.
After a brutal winter, gear up for great food, music and art.
The new Point Park Marketplace opens just in time for the fantastic weather.
Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell says with the new marketplace expect an ice cream shop, food vendors - some from as far away as the Capital Market in Charleston - and Chef Yancy is also looking to take part.
Thursday, May 8 is the first day for the market.
"The food is locally grown. When I say locally grown, some of it's from Jackson County, Wood County, Washington County," Newell says. "And of course, you know you can't get any healthier food than fresh produce out of the garden that's a day old or so and that's what you'll get here. It won't be coming from Georgia or places like that."
The mayor says come down and support your local farmers.
In time, he wants the market to become a year-round destination spot, where people can also enjoy the West Virginia store,
a wine store, raised garden and greenhouse for educational purposes, as well as plenty of special events.
The market will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.