It's Saturday morning. Throw back a cup of coffee and throw on some clothes because it's time to go to where the people are. And once you hear the peal of the opening bell, you'll know you're there: opening day of Capital City Public Market.
CCPM, which opens Saturday, April 19, and runs each Saturday through Dec. 20, provides some of the best people watching in the city, as folks come from all over to buy wares sold by vendors lined along Eighth Street.
It's a place to see and be seen, where cowboys, urban gardening enthusiasts, brunchers and children stroll past stalls offering everything from fine art to kettle corn.
Street performers will pepper the sidewalks, like Fresco Arts Academy students performing Radiohead covers in front of Artisan Optics, child cello prodigies serenading in front of Pollo Rey, the crooner tucked into the alcove near Jamba Juice and belly dancers and jugglers in the Grove. Market goers will find booths full of locally made and grown foodstuffs, produce, household items and a variety of arts and crafts like handmade hats for wee ones from Angels Chest Boutique, paintings by Betsie Richardson Studio, etched drinking glasses and mugs from Idaho Glass, and custom knives (and sharpening) by Incredible Edge & Michaelangelo Customs.
Through October, Capital City Market also hosts events like the Bike to Market/Mothers Day Giveaway on May 10, World Refugee Day on June 29 and the Berry Festival on July 19.