Last week, SPN announced a new market in Sooke. Since then, we’ve had an opportunity to meet Manager Sandy Ebbeson (above, left) and Market Supervisor Dylan Pasta-Smiley (above, right).
If you have the feeling that something popped up overnight, you’re mostly right. The building was up in a British fortnight. While in the works for quite some time, it took only about two weeks to build. It has the feel of an outdoor open-air market, with the wood frame adding to the rustic, natural atmosphere.
It’s a building—and a business venture—bursting with possibility.
As with so many other local businesses, the longevity and success of the Sooke Shell & Market will depend on people shopping locally.
Because their survival depends on a happy (and actively engaged) local customer, Ebbeson encourages people to drop by, add suggestions, and give feedback.
And just as this market wants the local customer engaged, so too will they be buying as local as possible. Currently, that means fruits and vegetables, and in the future, possibly meats. They are also considering local products, artisan items, and really any suggestions that have community support. They are also focused on organic foods and specialty items like gluten free. If you have a suggestion, a dietary need, or a product to offer, you are encouraged to drop by and let them know.
Market Supervisor Dylan Pasta-Smiley will be there to receive your suggestions, or you can add your request to the customer-feedback clipboard that sits on the counter. The more a suggestion is supported by similar requests, the more likely you are to see it on their shelves.
At the very least, do drop by and say hello. See what they have, tell them what they don’t. Then, go have an ice cream and bask in the remaining rays of the summer sun. You’ll be glad you did.