Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer
CRAFT VENDORS have praised the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) for the ongoing refurbishing of the Kingston Craft Market.
The facility, situated on the Kingston waterfront, is eye-catching and inviting. Vendors, who have been selling at the market for more than two decades, said business is not what it used to be, but hopes more people will visit as soon as the refurbishing project is complete.
"The UDC is really bringing back the place up to par," said a craft vendor, who gave her name as Miss Reynolds. She has been selling at the facility for more than 20 years.
"In the late '80s and '90s, the craft market was the place to be, but now business is not what it was," she told The Gleaner.
"The tour buses would carry tourists to shop at the market, and the Port Royal ferry would also bring across customers, but now sometimes we are here for a week and make little or nothing."
The craft vendors said they would appreciate seeing the craft market return to its former glory, adding that the project the UDC has undertaken is a great one, as the facility is more beautiful, and security is no longer a major concern.
Rose, another craft vendor who also has been at the craft market for more than 20 years, shared similar sentiments.
"The building is still refurbishing and is looking good, so we hope to see more people when the UDC is finished with the place," she told The Gleaner.
"Honestly, business was much better back in the days when tourists would flood the place and people would come by and buy from us, but it's just not what it used to be. There was a sports bar and restaurants here to keep the customers revitalised, and we hope to see something like that when they are finished with the place."