After traveling from farmer’s market to farmer’s market this past year with their business Barking Lot Treats, Scott and Pam Hankins decided it was time to start their own.

The local couple hopes to bring a unique selection of handcrafted items while encouraging residents to shop small with their newest brainchild — The Parking Lot Market.

“It’s a farmer’s artisan market setup that is going to bring in hopefully the local businesses that are doing anything from merchandise to food,” Scott said.

So far the market has a variety of vendors lined up such as Organic Chix, Tate Designs & Woodworking, Mamaw’s Kitchen, Eazy E Farms, Next Door Catering and the Succulent Salon.

“A lot of people are looking for these individuals with handcrafted items. People seem to want it and so we would like to provide it,” Scott said. “We know how hard it is to make a living. To have people drive away from Seguin to pick up something somewhere else that they can probably get here in Seguin takes away from the people who live here. We’re for keeping it local.”

The Parking Lot Market is going to open every third Thursday of the month with the first one kicking off from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at 505 N. Austin St.

“We’re actually going to have some food trucks and music at our first market,” Scott said. “We’re going to have music at every market whether it will be live music or something that is being streamed.”

During the first market, the Hankins are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of their Barking Lot Treats storefront at 4:30 p.m., which will focus on selling healthy, artisanal dog treats. The new store will be located on the property of the market.

Through their new venture, Scott and Pam said they hope to bring more people to the heart of Seguin.

“Our goal is to bring people to Seguin and have a good market that encourages them to come back. We want them to shop Seguin,” Scott said. “We have a heart for downtown. We love the downtown area and we’ve always owned buildings in downtown. We want the people to use us and the downtown businesses here in Seguin.”

For more information on The Parking Lot Market or to become a vendor, visit www.facebook.com/theparkinglotmarket . For more information on Barking Lot Treats, visit www.facebook.com/BarkingLotTreats/ .

 

Valerie Bustamante is a staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at valerie.bustamante@seguingazette.com.

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