GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Market on Main is one of the many highlights of summer in the Grand Valley. And though many events have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of Colorado classifies farmers markets as an essential business, so the Market on Main is still on.
Usually, the market draws an estimated five thousand visitors to Main street, and many businesses on Main street would keep their stores open for extra hours during the event.
But this year, the market has been moved off of Main street and into the parking lot of the grand junction convention center. This will allow the event to better follow COVID related health and social distancing guidelines.
For many businesses, like Mesa Jewelers, this means they won’t be keeping with their tradition of those extended hours.
Gregg Palmer, the owner of Brown’s Shoe Fit Company believes having the market on Main street helped bring the community together. “I would think that it gave people a feeling of still being in a smaller, more connected community,” he says.
But Brian Oliver, the owner of Rockslide Brewery says he’s glad it’s still happening, despite moving off of Main street. Many others agree and are hoping once the pandemic is over, the market will be what it once was again.
The Market on Main will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 every Thursday evening through September 24th.