GREENVILLE, N.C.(WNCT) Things are slowly re-opening here in the East, but with certain guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Uptown Greenville’s infamous Umbrella Market is not letting the guidelines stop them from hosting their summer event.
Although the market looks a little different this year, it’s still a community effort to create.
The Market opened to the public May 20th.
The first event had around six vendors.
Instead of the 60 vendors featured in the past, they will now move to 15 vendors.
This allows social distancing for shoppers and more space.
Vendors provide fresh produce, prepared foods like baked goods, and cleaning supplies such as soaps and detergent.
Robin Ashley is market manager, and hopes the opening of the Umbrella Market helps people feel a sense of normalcy.
“Yes it’s going to be different but hopefully it gives people the opportunity to get that happy routine back,” said Ashley.
The market is an opportunity for community to show support to local and small businesses in need of help at this time.
Ashley has also created online ordering for vendors who cannot attend the market:
The event is every Wednesday 5pm-8pm May 20th through August 26th.
Ashley says they hope in the upcoming months once they see how the pandemic plays out, they will be able to return the market back to normal.
But for now it’s about keeping everyone safe.
To read the guidelines on the event you can go to their website:
Come out and support your local businesses!!!