By Joe Earle
Ron Patton is pulling together Brookhaven’s second community “bazaar” and he sees it as a step toward bigger things.
“Every great journey begins with a single step …,” said Patton, vice president of the Brookhaven Community Connection, which sponsors the planned bazaar. “Small steps now will pay huge [benefits] later. I’d like to see in five years this having a very positive impact.”
Patton believes the bazaars, which provide sales outlets for artists, artisans and local residents, will help Brookhaven move toward becoming a community of professionals, artist and families. “I see potential,” he said.
The BCC’s second community sale – called “Our World Bazaar” — is scheduled for Nov. 6.
The first Brookhaven Bazaar, held in May at the parking deck of Brookhaven Village, attracted about 40 exhibitors and several hundred customers.
“That was the first generation,” Patton said. “We’re moving up to bigger and better things.”
The second sale is to be held in the parking lot of the Brookhaven Marta station, he said. Patton said he was being assisted in the planning by Gretchen Roberts, director of the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, which recently held its annual arts festival in the street adjacent to the Marta parking lot.
Patton believes the neighborhood sales bazaars offer a step toward developing a place for artists to sell their wares in Brookhaven. The venue also likely would include exhibit space for home furnishings and antiques, he said.
“We’re looking to create a permanent venue for arts and antiques and upscale living to flourish in Brookhaven,” Patton said. “So on any given day, you can visit Brookhaven and find arts and antiques. We’re trying to promote a venue that would draw upscale people to our neighborhood.”
The facility would have “a festival feel,” he said, but would not replace the arts festival.
He said he already is scouting locations that could house such a sales facility. “We are looking at several locations as we speak,” he said.
The facility could become a full-time business at some future point, he said.
“I’m a newbie coming in,” said Patton, who has lived in Brookhaven a little more than a year. “But I’d like to see Brookhaven grow as quickly as possible.”