First Fridays on First fills street

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— The future is looking bright for a Friday night street market on First Avenue, where yellow drop lights illuminate the night and music sets the mood for shoppers and vendors.

“This is really fun. We are having a nice time. It is a great night for it, and we are enjoying the weather,” Sherry Hartford said, as she strolled by vendor tables with her two daughters.

Thirty vendors filled every available booth at the second First Fridays on First street market.

Vendors set up shop between 5 and 8 p.m., and live music was provided by Lance Smith and Jesse Campos of Blue Mountain Spanish Sound.

“It’s good. People are not in a hurry and it’s nice,” vendor Angie Alden said, noting that her biggest worry was if she would be in the sun.

It turns out that the same building that houses the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation — the organization that sponsors similar vendor fairs in the same location — also provided plenty of shade.

But this event was not started by the foundation, but by the merchants surrounding the street, Foundation Public Relations Manager Jennifer Northam said.

“We certainly are encouraging them with this. It’s great and it is exciting to see things happening downtown that are springing up from within,” Northam said.

Some of the participating street vendors included merchants who have shops in other parts of downtown, such as Hildi Neff of Lotus Clothing and Jewelry Design, 19 S. Spokane St.

“It’s good for us because we are a couple of blocks away. And it’s nice for people to come see us and spread the word,” Neff said.

The next First Fridays on First will be Sept. 7.

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