New Leesburg market manager looks to bring in more vendors

New Leesburg market manager looks to bring in more vendors

LEESBURG — Like pieces from a puzzle, Danielle DeCaprio’s move to Lake County has fit together and given her a sense of community.

A transplant from south New Jersey, DeCaprio moved to Florida about a year ago and decided to settle in the Leesburg area.

“My heart felt drawn to Leesburg,” she said.

DeCaprio had been making organically derived personal care and household products and took advantage of the Leesburg Saturday Morning Market to display her products.

DeCaprio had a booth next to St. James Episcopal Church, and she met Rev. Thomas Trees. She offered him books for the youth ministry, which she had intended to give to her New Jersey church. Trees asked her to join the ministry where she is now the youth family ministry director.

Joanie Smalley, Main Street manager for the Leesburg Partnership, said DeCaprio is motivated, organized and great with people.

“She was a vendor and she was very motivated to expand our market. She came to us with ideas of what to do,” Smalley said. “Another vendor suggested her as the market manager.”

DeCaprio became manager of the Leesburg Saturday Morning Market about two months ago and wants to make it a destination for shoppers and local vendors.

“My vision for the market is to create an atmosphere so people want to come and spend Saturday morning shopping, listening to music and enjoying the feeling of community,” she said. “I want to contribute to Leesburg through the market.”

DeCaprio said one of her goals is to get more vendors at the market. She has made a flier for people who want to work at the market. It outlines different ways to become involved, such as hosting a booth for established businesses, it offers ideas for products needed at the market or crafts contributors could make.

She wants the market to offer more organically produced items.

Smalley said even though it is considered the slow time of the year for the market, DeCaprio has been able to attract new vendors.

Some future events that coincide with the market include: strolling musicians and a clown on Oct. 14, Paint the Market Pink on Oct. 21, Boo Bash on Oct. 28 and the Not So Westminster Dog Show on Nov. 11.

The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Towne Square, 510 W. Main St.

“She’s brought new interest to the market. It seems more people are coming to the market and it’s picking up,” Smalley said.

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