The West Rehoboth Creative Market was so successful that organizers applied for conditional use with Sussex County to allow for a weekly outdoor market.
The market has reached its limit of three events per year using the special event permits provided by Sussex County. It held its inauguration on July 5 at the West Rehoboth site.
At its August 26 meeting, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the application. In addition, Commissioner Bruce Mears added a condition to allow the market more flexibility in programming by allowing additional days for the market to be open from Thursday to Monday.
Sussex County Council has scheduled a hearing for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, at the County Administration Building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.
At the August 12 meeting at Sussex P&Z, Leah Beach, executive director of the Developing Artist Collaboration, said the market has up to 20 local artists and small businesses offering handmade items, that is, – say hand-made businesses. Proposed plans for the market, held on a vacant 10,500 square foot plot along Canal Crossing Road and Central Street, include the opening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, with holiday markets from 11 a.m. at 4 p.m. the first three weekends in December.
The DAC needs county approval to operate its market as the property is located in an unincorporated area just outside the city limits of Rehoboth Beach.
In addition to artist stands, the market offers two food trucks and alcohol sales. Beach said the market had received a state collecting license to allow the sale of alcohol from donated drinks. The market includes a creative cocktail and beer bar from Revelation Craft Brewing, which operates its brewery near the site along Central Avenue.
Entertainment is limited to acoustic music for one or two people as well as poets, comedians and theater companies.
Beach said most of the parking lots were offsite, thanks to an agreement with Quillen’s Hardware. The market offers a shuttle service from this car park located near Hebron Road. Signs will be installed to prohibit parking along Canal Crossing Road. She encourages visitors to the market to cycle as the Junction & Breakwater Trail passes in front of the property.
The Creative Market was open from June to September 2020 on private property in downtown Rehoboth Beach during the COVID-19 state of emergency to allow artists and craft businesses to offer their works to the community in a setting. outside.
For more information, visit developmentarts.org/creativemarket.