High heat and humidity have only slightly deterred visitors to the East End Bazaar this summer, and the market continues to grow and make improvements to the property.
"It's really taken hold," said Ned Savage, the market's manager. "People from the community have really embraced it."
This summer is the first full season the Bazaar has been open. The market was built last year and operated for a six-week period in the fall.
Savage said the number of vendors also continues to increase, and he consistently receives new vendor applications. Currently, vendors sell a range of wares, from jewelry to paintings to fresh produce and prepared food.
In the coming months, new shading structures and water service should make the market more comfortable.
A grant from the Central West Virginia Convention and Visitors' Bureau will pay for shading, which could be as simple as triangular "sails" strung from the tops of the booths. Savage said he is meeting with an architect today to find a design for the shading.
East End Main Street is also in discussion with West Virginia American Water about beginning service to the property. Such service could be used to operate a mister on hot days.
The Bazaar was built on property owned by the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority at the intersection of Ruffner Avenue and Washington Street East, with the purpose of giving local artisans a place to sell crafts. Produce and food vendors were also added to the slate of vendors.