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Court Street bustling as market hailed a success

Bustling: Court Street was a hive of activity yesterday afternoon when vendors set up stalls on the street (Photograph by Gareth Finighan)

North Hamilton was bustling yesterday afternoon as crowds of shoppers snapped up Christmas bargains at the Court Street Market.

More than 60 retailers set up stalls on the street, which was closed to traffic for the afternoon. Rena Lalgie, the governor, and Charles Gosling, the Mayor of Hamilton, officially opened the event, which was sponsored by the Corporation of Hamilton.

The market was spearheaded by a number of retailers who wanted to promote the area as a shopping destination and encourage people to buy in Bermuda.

Gary Augustus, who owns Soul Food Grill & Café on Court Street and helped organise the event, said that the day was a great success.

He said: “There’s been a really good turnout and the weather’s been great.

“Retailers – and Court Street retailers particularly – have had a very tough year because of Covid-19. Hopefully today will help them out.

“Court Street is probably the last choice for many people when they think about shopping – we’re trying to make it their first choice.

“I’d like to thank the Governor and the Mayor for coming – it was very good of them to recognise Court Street.”

Cindy Roberts, who was running a stall for her children’s store Embellish Boutique, was having a busy afternoon.

“There seems to be more vendors and more people are coming out,” she said.

“I’ve seen so many people carrying little bags of purchases so clearly they’re supporting us. It’s a great event – there’s a good vibe and it’s good for business.”

Danita Walker, who was running a $50 Or Less stall with her daughter, Dani, agreed.

She said: “It’s just such a great idea and I’m glad to be here. I’ve made some sales and it’s given my business a real boost.”

Customers who bought goods worth more than $25 were entered into a raffle, with prizes being donated by Court Street retailers.

Court Street will host a second street market on Sunday, December 19.

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Published December 06, 2021 at 7:57 am (Updated December 06, 2021 at 7:57 am)

Court Street bustling as market hailed a success

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