The Westminister Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) will be hosting their 3rd Annual Winterfest fundraising event on Saturday, February 26 to support the opening of their West Side Bazaar.
Over the past several months the WEDI has been working with other West Side Organizations to expand its mission of economic self-support and job creation by opening a West Side Bazaar. Using these small retail businesses to meet the needs of the locals and attract shoppers will hopefully make a commercial district vital to the area once again.
The Bazaar which is scheduled to open on March 3, 2011 at 242 Grant Street will feature new entrepreneurs from the area offering gift items, clothing, ethnic foods, and other unique merchandise will create new opportunities in the neighborhood. The many diverse entrepreneurs will have a chance to showcase their businesses making the bazaar advantageous for their businesses and the consumers.
The bazaar will act as an incubator for these small businesses allowing them space for them to start. The goal is for the businesses to grow and expand into their own retail space which will also develop businesses on Grant Street.
Some of the more unique items that will be featured include handmade jewelry, clothing, and gifts from Africa as well as original works of art and food from other countries.
The WEDI Winterfest will be held at Temple Beth Zion in the Rabbi Fink Auditorium. The fundraiser will have a DJ, food, wine, beer, gifts for raffle, and a preview of what will be on sale at the bazaar. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the fundraiser will run until 11:00 p.m. Call for info: 716-870-6483
Once the bazaar is open, it will feature about 7-10 vendors with the hours of operation being 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.