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Market Days moves back to downtown

By Camille Doty
June 17, 2011 at 1:17 a.m.

Linda Terry Jostes, also known as "The Bread Lady," sells a loaf of banana nut bread in 2009 at Saturday's market days. Jostes has been baking for 40 years.

If you go:

When: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday

Where: DeLeon Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

Future Dates, every third Saturday of the month:

July 16

Aug. 20

Sept. 17

Oct. 15

Nov. 19

Dec. 17

Joe Aguillon will be a new vendor at Victoria Market Days on Saturday.

It also marks the return of Market Days to downtown DeLeon Plaza from Riverside Park.

Aguillon said at first he was concerned about the switch, but his fellow vendors reassured him it was a good thing.

"Most of the people I've talked to like the change," he said.

Aguillon sells caps, military hats, jewelry and Christian wall decor. He started his company, Seasons Treasures, two years ago.

He said he is looking forward to meeting people. He said he plans to spend 11 hours at the market.

His wife, Sulema Aguillon and sister, Jamie Posada, will accompany him.

About 100 vendors are participating, said Danielle Williams, Victoria Parks & Recreation Department recreation specialist.

Parks and Recreation hosts the monthly event.

She said between 500 and 700 people come on any given Saturday.

Williams said the market started about 10 years ago downtown. It was moved to Riverside Park because of the downtown sewer-water and sidewalk construction projects

Williams said the vendor participation has increased.

"The majority wanted to come back downtown. They feel it's better for business and ambiance," she said.

The all-day event also will have live music in the afternoon.

Aguillon said the event would give people a chance to explore Victoria. And the market is mutually beneficial for vendors because it gives them an opportunity to build relationships. He also said supporting local business is good for the economy but it's a community effort, "It (local business) is like a seed, and we have to nurture it," he said.

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