Small business owners in Winona hope to start new holiday tradition

The renovated Levee Park was the site of the first ever Winona Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers say hundreds of people came to buy goods from more than 20 vendors.

Most of the vendors were local, but some, such as a seller of hand-made bows and arrows, came in from the Twin Cities.

The market came together in only six weeks after Alison Betting, the owner of a baking business calledTiny Spoons, came to the city with the idea.

“These events are the things that start the business. We’ve got venders here [that] try out things before they get a storefront and develop . . . footprints in the community.”

People could also show off their skills at a newly opened ice skating rink.

Betting hopes to add a warming igloo and more food vendors next year.

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