Jon and Christine Boring

The Wednesday-evening Dixieland Twilight Market has moved from the parking lot behind Dixieland Village into the mini-mall’s breezeway.

“It’s brought a greater sense of community,” says Andy McEntire, co-owner of Concord Coffee, which looks out onto the market.

Before the market moved under cover, he said, it felt disconnected from the shops in the complex once known as the Dixieland Mini Mall.

The move indoors comes as management of the market has been transferred to Christine Boring, whose husband, Jon, owns Dublin Bread; his Irish soda breads are one of the market’s bigger draws. The move also solved the problem of how to accommodate early sunsets in an unlit parking lot.

Jon and Christine Boring
Christine and Jon Boring |

Boring said she is trying to bring in more vendors and possibly add some take-home food options. Current products available include produce, jams, jellies, jewelry, desserts, candles, soaps, lanterns and gift items.

The Dixieland Twilight Market last week
The Dixieland Twilight Market last week |

Platform Art has opened a gallery in Dixieland Village and staffs it on Wednesday evenings in conjunction with the market. Part of the gallery displays paintings by Donna Petcoff Watson, and part rotates exhibitions by different local artists.

Platform director Cynthia Haffey said she’s planning to add live performances in the gallery.

Baron Realty President Cory Petcoff, who manages Dixieland Village — his family is majority owner of the mall — said he’s glad to see the extra energy the market brings on Wednesdays.

The market, which started operating in March, is open 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Dixieland Village.

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