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Easter at the Broadway Market

Posted at 12:21 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 14:28:23-04

There's nothing quite like Easter at the Broadway Market.

"It's tradition," Melissa Goodrich said surrounded by her husband and baby girl. "I go with my mom, we're meeting my mom here and my dad, it just wouldn't be Easter without it."

You don't have to tell that to George Ingult, who has been the first person inside the Broadway Market on Good Friday for 16 straight years.

"Well, I used to come here when I was a little boy when my mom used to bring me and then I started a tradition with my grandson Tyler and he loves it. We do it every year and we enjoy doing it."

Debbie Dechert owns Deb's Delight, one of the stands that remains at the market year round.

She says business spikes 95 percent during the Easter season but you can't blame the lack of sales on just the customers when so many vendors pack up and leave after the holiday.

"I mean it's not even comparable, maybe 100 times more people compared to what you would have on a weekend in August, September or October," regular customer Marty Brownsey said. "I wish it was like this all year long."

During the Easter season, 91 vendors make up the 90,000 square foot market. When it's not Easter there's 21 full-time daily stands.

Last month 7 Eyewitness News asked local lawmakers what could be done to get more customers in the market year round.

The market is open Friday until 7 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.