Downtown food vendors will have an opportunity to increase sales with Council’s passage of an ordinance which extends the hours that they can offer goods for sale in recognized community entertainment district areas.
The ordinance, offered Monday night by Public Safety Committee Chair Jim Shealey, extends from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. the time that licensed food vendors may sell goods in parks, and on or from the street and sidewalks downtown.
“The city’s Downtown Operations Group felt that extending the hours that vendors can operate would increase sales and productivity downtown,” Shealey (At Large) said. “We agree that it makes sense for vendors to be able to sell food until 3 a.m. in the downtown entertainment district.”
The move comes as Akron announces a pared-down offering of holiday events in downtown’s Lock 3 Park after cuts to the city’s budget. The Lock 3 Holiday Fest will still take place this season, but with limited ice rink hours and performances.
In past years, ice skaters from Akron’s German sister city of Chemnitz performed in the rink. This year, Akron announced it would not be hosting Chemnitz, whose citizens also offered wares for sale in Lock 3’s Chriskindl Market. The market will continue this year, but local nonprofits have been invited to sell hand-made or baked goods. Recently, however, some German vendors have offered to return to sell items in the market at their own expense.