NORTH CANTON May is traditionally more spring like than the others months of the season. Another tradition in May in North Canton is the first 720 Market. The favorite events have started building a tradition that local residents watch and wait for the dates each year.
The first 720 Market this year is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at Gervasi Vineyard. Two others are scheduled including July 14 at the St. Paul’s Community Lot and Sept. 30 at Gervasi as part of their Grape Harvest Festival.
Dave and Lynn Shimko are the founders of the 720 Market. Lynn Shimko said they are always grateful for the venues who invite them to hold the markets every year.
"We love the opportunity to try a new space and bring attention and visitors to places in and around our community," Lynn Shimko said.
The events usually draw 100-plus vendors. Shimko said they estimate around 6,000 people shop the markets. Several things are new this year, including around 25 percent of the vendors being first time setups.
"Some things are the same. We always try to feature the non-profits at each market event. Plus, we’ll have musicians playing. And, We have the Barrio Taco and the Sweet Spot food trucks returning," Shimko said. "We do have a new gourmet hamburger food truck coming from Cleveland this year. Plus, we have a go green initiative this year. We’ll have recycle bins around and we have a go green team of volunteers to help sort the recycle items. We’re also encouraging our vendors to use recycle friendly packaging."
Shimko believes the markets have become so popular because they try to create an atmosphere of getting together and having fun. The tag line for the 720 Market is "Let’s get together."
She also attributes having nice weather at each of the events the past two years and the diverse and quality vendors.
"People come out to celebrate and appreciate the hard work of the vendors and people like to support them. We have local vendors and some coming from Columbus and from Cleveland," she said. "Having different vendors like The Crazy Cucumber coming from Columbus and the Cleveland Pickle who is returning. And, there is a vendor coming that will be selling half pound chocolate chip cookies this year, all of which adds to the fun of the markets."
Shimko said they select the locations based on the idea that they want to hold the markets in and round North Canton. She said they never rule out an idea for a location to hold the markets.
"Each market event draws people from all over Stark County and other areas such as Dover, New Philadelphia and Cleveland. In addition to promoting the many vendors at the markets and offering a fun day of shopping, it’s also to bring people into North Canton to see the city and to patronize local businesses," Shimko said.