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DDC set to open marketplace

DDC set to open marketplace
DDC set to open marketplace
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor Brian LaHue, left, Amy Weaver and her mother, Terri, and Tracy Webber clean up the old Keller Manufacturing Co. parking lot as part of Develop Downtown Corydon. The group plans to open Indian Creek Marketplace in the lot next month. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (click for larger version)

A new marketplace is expected to open next month, thanks to the vision of a group known as Develop Downtown Corydon.
Terri Weaver, owner of So Dear 2 My Heart in Corydon, said the Indian Creek Marketplace, to initially be located in the old Keller Manufacturing Co. parking lot near the north bridge in Corydon, is being modeled after the farmers’ market in downtown New Albany. There is room for about 44 vendors, she said.
‘It will be juried,’ said Weaver, one of six board members for DDC. ‘We don’t want this to be a yard sale or flea market.’
In addition to artisans, the group hopes to have crafts, antiques and produce vendors as well as some vendors offering ready-to-eat items.
‘We want to open with at least 20 vendors,’ Weaver said.
Opening day is planned for Aug. 18, and each Saturday thereafter, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Weaver, her daughter, Amy, and three other board members, Jean Ann Birkla, Brian LaHue and Tracy Webber, began working July 15 to get the parking lot ready for the marketplace. (Other board members are Eric Hamm and Mike Kopp.) Weaver said Fred Cammack and Town of Corydon employees mowed along the creekside and the railroad tracks, work which was greatly appreciated.
In order to use the Keller property, the DDC partnered with Main Street Corydon, which would like to have a conference center and possibly a hotel constructed on the property.
In the meantime, Develop Downtown Corydon ‘ it has 972 ‘members’ on its Facebook page ‘ hope to get locals more involved with what’s going on in the county seat. Weaver said the area of focus is between the north bridge and the Harrison County Fairgrounds and, east/west, Red Barn An-tiques and Tyson Foods.
Weaver has belonged to the New Albany Farmers Market for four years. It’s where she met Kopp, who is part of the Develop New Albany group.
Kopp, a native of New Albany and a realtor by profession, said he has been involved with about 95 percent of the recent development in New Albany.
He’s been meeting with DDC since September.
‘We’re trying to get the public interested,’ Kopp said. ‘It’s about getting the community interested.’
He said the idea is to start small, look at the area, then move out in a circle.
‘It’s right in front of them,’ Kopp said of developing an area. ‘It’s thinking a little different.’
Kopp said the DDC hopes to help with the arts and entertainment district in Corydon.
Weaver said that could include an artisan trail, with participating shop owners featuring a local artist.
Develop Downtown Corydon meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Corydon Jamboree. All interested persons are invited to attend.
Vendor applications can be downloaded from the group’s website, Weaver welcomes inquiries about DDC at her shop, located at the corner of East Beaver Street and Capitol Avenue), or phone calls at 738-2762. Webber can also be called at 267-0430 for more information.
Additional information is available on the group’s Facebook page at groups/downtownCorydon.