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Parasols on parade

Friday, August 29th, 2014 | Posted by


Parasol 2There was something notably different on Rohnert Park Expressway this Friday evening; sign spinners dressed in 1900’s-era clothes.

A gaggle of 20 or so enthusiastic sign waivers walked along Rohnert Park Expressway between Commerce Boulevard and State Farm Drive on Friday, Sept 29 from around 5-6 p.m. before wandering all over town until dusk.

The group was passing out flyers and waving banners in support of the opening of the new Sonoma Mountain Marketplace.

The soft opening of this indoor shopping area will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 6. The Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. for the marketplace and then the doors will open to the public at 10 a.m.

For opening weekend the marketplace expects to have all 170 booths full with vendors. In addition to the shopping, they will have the Sweet Shoppe and Sonoma Mountain Eats providing food and free waterslides. A mini-musical entitled “Get Happy” will perform every hour throughout the day.

Parasol 1Angela Torres, a recent graduate of Crossing the Jordan’s program, has been promoted to Marketplace Manager and will be in charge of the fledgling enterprise. She graduated in April of this year and the entire team at the marketplace decided that she should be the one to run the operation because of her dedication and hard work.

As part of the SOMO Village, the marketplace will be a collective of different types of vendors all under one roof with the idea of creating a wholesome family venue for the community.

Crossing the Jordan Foundation is the local non-profit group that is helping create the marketplace. Founded in 2011, Crossing the Jordan has a mission of providing services to mothers and women in the community that are victims of human trafficking, homeless mothers, suffers of domestic violence and those who are drug addicted.

Located inside the SOMO Village at 1400 Valley House Drive, the Sonoma Mountain Marketplace will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday starting on Sept 6. There will be no charge to enter the marketplace and parking will be free.

For additional information visit SonomaMountainSwap.com.




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