CLIFTON — The second Second Saturday event on Chase Creek took place June 8; and for a second, it looked like attendance might fall short of expectations.
But a surge of attendees late gave the event a second wind, and things picked up toward late afternoon.“It’s been good; I’m almost sold out,” said Cheryl Resur, owner of Cheryl’s Cookies and York Valley Soap.
Resur was set up inside The Headframe Apothecary, which was the victim of a break-in the Friday before the event.
Put on by the Business Association of Chase Creek AZ, organizers of the Second Saturday event — encouraging people to stroll the street, visiting the shops — said a few kinks still need to be worked out.
“I think it will take a year to really get rolling,” said Jeanette West, owner of Books, Toys & More by Jeanette. “The good thing is we’ve really come together for the first time in such a cohesive fashion; it’s been fabulous.”
Organizers said part of the problem with last Saturday’s event — besides it being the warmest day to date in 2019 — was that a few of the food vendors simply failed to show up and that others broke down and left before the crowd started to make their way to Chase Creek.
“I think we’re going to have to look at charging for vendor space,” West said. “When it’s free, there’s no feeling they have to be here.”
Trish Robertson, with Crafty Faerie, which shared a booth with NanaRay Crochet, agreed there needs to be investment by the vendors.
“I agree they should charge. We don’t have any problem paying a fee to vend at other events; there should be a fee for this event, too,” Robertson said.
Jeanette’s husband, Ray West, a town councilman and owner of Ray’s Vintage Market, said the issues would be worked out because the business owners on Chase Creek are working together for the betterment of all.
“We’ve got a core group of people willing to work, and it takes a lot of work,” Ray said. “This is an exceptionally good group of people. If we keep doing what we’re doing, it will grow the street.”
There was also One of a Kind Copper and Silver Creations by Barbara; Origami Owl sold by Matt Craig, 12; Tupperware sold by Paula Craig; drinks from GloryAnn; and music by “Papa Gene” Roland.
The next Second Saturday event on Chase Creek will take place July 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.