Downtown Jonesboro becomes Alive After Five Thursday nights

Jeanette Martin shows off her hand-crafted Red Wolf goods
Jeanette Martin shows off her hand-crafted Red Wolf goods

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - What started as an idea for an art stroll and farmer's market in Downtown Jonesboro has blossomed into Alive After Five.

The street market features everything from live music to vendors and artisans who set up shop along Huntington on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

"I've been in the sewing industry my whole life and now I'm retired so to me, this is just play," Jeanette Martin told Region 8 News.

Martin has had her booth of Red Wolf crafts at every Alive After Five so far this year and hopes this event thrives like street markets in larger cities.

"I felt like that was something we could grow here in Jonesboro," Martin said.

The Downtown Jonesboro Association has 60 vendors now signed up for the event who set up booths when they're able to.

Beth Stone and her sister make everything from candles to soaps and sugar scrubs as a method of relaxation but a friend helped them transition into selling their goods on the street market.

"She came by one night and I showed her what I was doing and she said 'Oh! You have to go to Alive After Five!'"

Even though the threat of rain and overcast skies scared off some, the draw of local, handcrafted goods couldn't keep Deborah Parsons away.

Parsons told Region 8 News she's been to every Alive After Five thus far.

"I just keep coming! Because maybe I'll see something - because I usually buy something pretty much every time I come," Parsons said.

Alex Hurst heard about the event on Facebook and came to see what local vendors had to offer.

"I love to support our local community and Jonesboro in itself and local businesses," Hurst said.

The Downtown Jonesboro Association said in July, they will likely have to expand the event to Church Street as well to accommodate all of the farmer's market vendors who will be on hand.

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