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Local Businesses Get Excited For Potential Public Market In Yakima

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 YAKIMA, WA.- With Yakima's big summer event hot shots wrapping up today we wanted to check in with local businesses and see what kind of customers and sales this event brought in.

We spoke with the owner of Groovin' Grounds, a coffee shop on wheels, and she told us she couldn't have been happier with the weekends turn out.

"Sometimes downtown is dead, it's a ghost town and nobody is around here and downtown really gets revitalized by events like this," Groovin' Grounds owner Leah Toney told us.

Toney says she sees a lot of foot traffic and business when Yakima hosts events like hot shots.

 Earlier this month she attended the Yakima City Council meeting where several local businesses proposed plans to create a public market here in Yakima, much like Pike's Place in Seattle.

 This would allow for more vendors and businesses to remain open all week, and create more tourism downtown.

 The city council has hired a design firm and marketing specialists to determine whether a public market would be profitable, but as far as local business owners are concerned they want to see this idea become a reality.

 "Community events are so important that's how we stimulate the local economy, that's how we help create jobs that stay at home, that's how we fund people that have a vision," Said Jessica Karstetter, a local business owner in Yakima

The Yakima city council is still in the early phases of planning for a public market place, but business owners tell me they are excited for whatever the future brings.  

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