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Stroll, shop Boston Avenue Saturday for Nederland Fall Market Day

NEDERLAND — Gabrielle Blanco said operating a business in Downtown Nederland on Boston Avenue embodies everything she and her husband wanted when they envisioned Buckstin Brewing Co.

“We wanted a community brewery that Nederland is proud to call their own,” Blanco said. “Being on Boston (Avenue) was our absolute dream from the beginning. We never thought we would be there because of the very restrictive needs our building has, being able to be zoned in the area, having enough electricity and having enough plumbing. It’s just never something we thought would happen in a million years.”

Yet, it is happening.

Blanco, along with husband and co-owner Justin Buchanan-Lopez, plan to open by December at 1211 Boston Avenue.

To get the local community primed for one of Nederland’s newest businesses, Blanco will be operating a booth Saturday as part of Nederland Fall Market Day.

The community event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Boston Avenue and includes more than 60 booth rentals — a high for the 4-year-old event, officials said.

Blanco said the Buckstin Brewing Co. booth would let Market Day attendees know about their opening plans while also giving away koozies, stickers and more.

Nederland Economic Development Corporation started organizing Nederland Fall Market Day at the request of Boston Avenue merchants.

Vendors are charged a small fee and deposit to set up.

“They sell tupperware, craft products, wreaths, décor for the house, T-shirts, homemade jewelry, woodwork, wood signs and more,” according to a representative of the NEDC. “There will be food vendors and the high school art students will be out there painting faces and buttons.”

Two rows of vendors run from Cuttin Corners to 14th Street.

“It really brings out people on a beautiful day to stroll the Avenue,” an EDC representative said. “Attendees also have the shops to go into, and it’s the kick off to the season to start thinking about Christmas. You can find a unique gift, and the stores have different sales. One of the main reasons we do it is because it benefits our stores. It brings more people into Nederland, who may not have discovered Boston Avenue.”