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27th Avenue Market hopes to attract people to downtown Gulfport

Everything from plants to fruit was available for purchase. (Image Source: WLOX News) Everything from plants to fruit was available for purchase. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Organizers hope to add more vendors as the market grows. (Image Source: WLOX News) Organizers hope to add more vendors as the market grows. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The market is scheduled to be open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. (Image Source: WLOX News) The market is scheduled to be open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. (Image Source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A new weekend event in downtown Gulfport kicked off Saturday with the hope of bringing some life to the business district on weekends.

Gulfport's 27th Avenue was transformed into a farmer's market, and leaders say it was the first of many weekend markets to come.

“We have everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to breads to wood work to so many, so many things,” said market manager Suzanne Paulk.

The 27th Avenue Market is located between 13th and 14th streets in downtown Gulfport. It was an idea developed by city leaders to not only attract people to the downtown area on weekends, but to showcase what they have to offer.

“Downtown, on a weekend, it's a great place to walk around. We've got fantastic restaurants and so this is the timing of establishing this is really good, because we're going to start construction of Fishbone Alley behind 27th,” said Mayor Billy Hewes.

Fishbone Alley is a vision that's slowly coming to life, which will be an added amenity to the historic city's downtown area that city leaders have been looking to revitalize.

“We're definitely expecting growth. Right now, I know of five other vendors that are going to be joining us this week and we're going to continue to grow,” added Paulk.

The 27th Avenue Market will be set up every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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