Local artisans and live music return to Springer Market Square this Friday evening from 5-8:30 p.m.
In its second year, the Kingston Night Market is welcoming 26 different vendors — an increase of 16 from the 2021 iteration — selling multimedia art, maple syrup, and dog collars, among other hand-made items.
“These gifted artists love what they do and it shows in the quality of their work,” said Sue Hitchcock, assistant supervisor of recreation programs at the City of Kingston.
Local craftspeople make up the entirety of the Night Market’s roster, while daytime markets held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays lay out a variety of (often edible) goods.
Eisengrim Forge, a 3-D printing business by Matt Morton and Bridget Levesque of Harrowsmith, Ont., has been creating replicas from movies and video games for 15 years. For the first 12 years, it was solely a passion project of theirs.
“(The Night Market) is a means to celebrate the fandoms we enjoy with the community, while sharing our creative skills,” Morton said.
Artisans expected to set up shop this Friday include but are not limited to:
● Bark’n Up the Green Tree — a canine beauty shop selling handmade dog collars and grooming products
● Cindy Johnson Goldsmith — pendants engraved with local Kingston sights
● Eisengrim Forge — 3-D printers specializing in miniature landmarks and figurines from fiction
● Maiden of Mischief — rings made from silverware
● Natural Turnings — wooden bowls, vases, and household ornaments
● Northshore Glass — colourful, patterned glass bowls
● Peer-fection Art — multimedia art pieces of metal, wire, and glass often protruding from their frames
● Shards of Time — textured art pieces combining wood with stained glass
● Solasta Soaps — handmade soaps from various oils and butters
● With a Side of Paint — paintings of local landmarks, nature, and astronomical sights
The Night Market has two more dates this summer: August 19 and September 16, each from 5-8:30 p.m at Springer Market Square.