Saturday’s French Market on Book Hill, along Wisconsin Avenue and NW Prospect Streets in Georgetown, was jam-packed with happy visitors, many of whom were fashionably dressed and strolling alongside cheerful families and children enjoying French and international dishes, looking for bargains on the sidewalks at the tables of the merchants. , and reveling in the spectacular sunny spring weather. Everything was so happily “pretty”.
“The excitement was palpable,” said Rachel Shank, executive director of Georgetown Main Street. “The 19th French Market was a great success. Saturday was packed. I would say the sidewalks were pretty much at capacity for several hours. It looked like we probably couldn’t handle any more people, which is a big deal to have… It was a beautiful day. The weather was cooperative. Everyone was excited to return to this Georgetown tradition. And it seemed like everyone in town knew about the French market… And I think the small businesses were really successful this weekend.
Debbie Young, events director for the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), also said the French market was a big hit. Although the BID has yet to calculate metrics for the day, anecdotal evidence suggests the festival was great for business and community spirit. “It’s too early to [data] but I’ve talked to a few dealers and got the same big sound from all three. They all said it was “one of the best French markets ever!” So I take that as a good sign,” Young said.
“We’re very happy with how it went,” Young added. “It really helped create a lot of buzz for Georgetown. Also, the timing was perfect for the launch of our new C&O Canal Boat. It was definitely a great weekend overall. This year, several new businesses joined the festival with more than 30 merchants participating in total.
Given the success of the French market this year, Georgetown Main Street is looking forward to hosting a fall market in October.