Bizwatch: Eagle Flea Market, Eagle
Eagle, CO, Colorado
Business name: Eagle Flea Market.
Date opened: Opening weekend is Feb. 21 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Owner: David Nudell.
Contact info: Call 970-390-0492 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What goods or services do you provide? I provide a lighted, heated, high-visibility, high-traffic place to buy and sell goods and services such as jewelry, artwork, excess business inventory, clean new or used goods of any kind, food, drink, chair massages and more in an eclectic environment. The Eagle Flea Market is located at 217 Broadway, right next door to the Broadway Cafe.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? There is not much in the way of competition, currently. It’s too uncomfortable to run an outdoor sale or garage sale in the winter, and there are no other regular indoor fairs or flea markets that I am aware of in the Vail Valley.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? My customers are both my tenants (those renting booth space) and those that come to shop at the flea market. Customers of should know I seek exhibitors with only quality goods and services, and no junk.
That said, I am certain there will be some real bargains on offer. To my exhibitors I offer inexpensive, indoor, weekend-only retail space, with a fun, event-style atmosphere.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I have lived in the valley since 1991. I have a beautiful and talented wife who owns Adagio Salon at Fourth and Broadway, and three great kids, two of whom are likely to be pressed into service at the market.
I have been a Realtor-developer in the valley for the last 11 years. I manage the group that purchased and remodeled the 217 Broadway building, completely redoing the exterior, and creating from scratch two beautiful loft-style residences upstairs, both happily rented.
The ground-floor retail commercial space is 2,308 square feet, and, with the state of the economy, it has been difficult to attract retail tenants or buyers for the whole space. That led to the decision to start the flea market, which would give me the opportunity to fill the space by inexpensively leasing the space 24 to 100 square feet at a time, and hopefully helping some local vendors at the same time.
Why is Eagle ready for its own flea market? The state of the economy makes this the perfect time to open such a business in Eagle, especially since there is no other business quite like it in the valley. I thought it would be great to create a venue for locals struggling in our current economic climate to earn some extra dollars and/or get great deals on local merchandise. Also, because Eagle is such a full-time residents’ town, it is a great opportunity for locals to support locals, so we can all benefit as a community.