Carroll market to reopen today at Cockeysville site

September 30, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Barbecue and baked goods will replace the smell of paint this morning when the Pennsylvania Dutch Market reopens at its new location in Cockeysville.

With only final inspections left to go, the market should be ready at 9 a.m., said owner Rosemary Schinzel of Finksburg.

"People are very, very receptive and eager for us to open," she said, noting a flood of e-mails.

The popular Westminster market closed May 29, losing its lease after 11 years at the Crossroad Square Shopping Center at Routes 140 and 97. A search for new space led to the vacant Metro Food Market about 22 miles away at 11121 York Road. The food store closed in April 2001, soon after it opened in the Ashland Marketplace, just north of Valley View Farms.

All but about four of the Pennsylvania Dutch Market's 42 vendors made the move from Westminster, Schinzel said, and new people have called, eager to join them.

"The biggest draw is the fact we're so eclectic," Schinzel said of the vendors. "Most of them came with us. I have not actively solicited. We've been concentrating on getting open. The Amish have been fantastic in helping us."

Inside the entrance Tuesday, an Amish woman stood on a ladder painting with a small brush -- nearly finished with a wall mural of the countryside in changing seasons, with tiny details such as a covered bridge, clothes on a line, tools hanging on a shed, even the textured bark of a tree, said Rick Schinzel, a son of the owner who has been working as a contractor on the project.

Outside, a trailer was loaded with wooden benches and other outdoor furniture. Inside, stands were being set up with furniture, lace, dolls, flowers and lots of food -- meat, produce, candy, pretzels and baked goods.

Out the back door, facing away from busy York Road, Rick Schinzel, a son of the owner who has been working as a contractor on the project, pointed to a vista of fields and woods where picnic tables are planned.

The market will open an hour earlier than it did in Carroll and run three days a week: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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