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June 16, 2014

Downtown biz owners propose Larkinville-style market

Tonawanda News — The Twin Cities are poised to begin hosting a weekly food truck and artisan market in the mold of the popular "Larkinville" festivities, with members of both the Tonawanda and North Tonawanda city councils set to consider approving the issue at their respective meetings Tuesday night.

Merchants' associations on both sides of the canal recently proposed the idea and are seeking approval to host the events on Thursday evenings throughout the summer — starting as soon as this week if the councils give them a green light. Organizers have said the event could host as many as a dozen food trucks in addition to live bands and artisanal vendors. The event would take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on the North Tonawanda side of Gateway Harbor Park and in the City of Tonawanda along Main Street, from Adam to Broad streets, which would be closed to traffic. 

While the two portions of the event are not directly linked in terms of geography, organizers noted they're a short walk for those in attendance.

The initiative is being called a collaborative effort that was spurred by the North Tonawanda Downtown Business Association along with leaders of the Swiftwater Business Association in the City of Tonawanda. 

Officials say the goal is to create an environment similar to the popular Larkin Square Market held several times a week throughout the summer in Buffalo. At popular food truck night is held in the Larkin District on Tuesdays, drawing 500 to 1,000 people or more each week.

Associations on both sides of the Erie Canal will hold the event each Thursday through Aug. 28, except for July 10 and 17, during Canal Fest. About a dozen food trucks will attend the market each week, split evenly among the two cities, organizers said.

Business leaders are looking to draw foot traffic to areas where small businesses already exist. Any money collected from the event will be used for beautification. Both city councils are scheduled to meet Tuesday night to consider the matter.

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