Via email this afternoon:
The DunwoodyGreenMarket has officially closed and will not re open in 2015.I never feel good about watching a local business close. But the days of this enterprise were numbered from the start and they did not have to be.
Over the last 10 years, we have been asked to relocate the market five times for various reasons to other locations within the city. With each move, we lost a portion of our customer base and without that weekly customer support; the market loses its viability.
We believe the Wednesday market has run its course in Dunwoody and no longer makes good business sense to continue.
For those of you that have supported us through the years, we truly appreciate your business and hope that you will continue to buy good, local food and other fine products from us at other metro markets.
Through the years, we have all forged good friendships within the community and it will be missed.
Listed below are a few vendors that asked to be listed for future contact.
Cuisine by Lisa Rochon
Indigo Bath and Body
www.indigosoaps.comIndigo on Facebook
What lessons did we learn from the Green Market?
1) "Squatting" is not a viable strategy when location is critical to customer retention.
The Green Market never had a space to call its own and I'm not sure how hard they tried to find one.
Check out the commentary from THREE YEARS AGO.
2) Tangled knots of contradictory regulations by your friends on Dunwoody City Council do not substitute for 1) above.
Lynn Deutsch and John Heneghan are famous for their support of anything having to do with livestock ownership and their own vision of "farming". In a city council meeting of October 2013, they adamantly stripped any leniency in home business licensing in the code rewrite to restrict "commercial activity". Then, in the same meeting, only a few minutes later, Deutsch advocated for a special clause in the new code to allow for "farmers' markets" to set up without permits or any restrictions in church parking lots - which are in residential areas. In short, she advocated for commercial activity in residential areas for her personal interests, right after condemning the very same activity for anyone else.
Here's the original blog post. The videos referenced and linked in it have conveniently disappeared. However my memory of the event has not and will play a big part in how the voting members of my household approach Election Day.
(The official video from City Hall is working, even if you're not using Internet Explorer)
Can Dunwoody do any better for "open fair" type markets?
Yes, and I have long believed we should. Pick out a location that can be designated for a community market. Or assist a landlord in providing a space. My original idea about the