We have been in business since 1998 when our father, Joe Arena had a vision for a Saturday market bustling with produce vendors and shops galore. Over the years, we have done just that, as well as selling Amish crafted furniture, sheds, and hosting events and festivals. The business has remained in the family with several of the grown children bringing their individual flair and personality to it over the past 18 years. Currently Peter is enjoying the world of craft beer and operating the Boathouse Beer Garden and café, while his brother John is overseeing the Saturday Artisan and Farm Market along with special events. And if you happen upon a wonderfully feisty white-haired woman by the name of Rae, be sure to tell her what a great job her boys are doing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Return of a Local Landmark: Traders Village
In recent months, despite the hard winter, work has been feverishly on-going as two brothers renovate and bring back to life a local landmark business: Traders Village. Located on Rte. 89's Cayuga Wine Trail in Romulus, NY, Traders Village (also known as Thee Amish Market) had become synonymous with locally made crafts, Amish built furniture and fresh produce from the Finger Lakes region. The sprawling collection of bright red buildings had closed for a time but is now set to re-open Saturday, April 18th. Doors will open at 10am to reveal a brand new place that both reaches back to its roots and re-invents itself as a unique destination. Now known as Shops at Traders Village, it will be home to literally dozens and dozens of local craftspeople, artisans, food vendors and farmers offering their wares and fresh foods every Saturday throughout the year to mid-December.
The newest feature at the Traders Village location is the creation of Boathouse Beer Garden. With 24 taps at their bar, visitors may be hard pressed to choose which of the many locally crafted beers to enjoy first. Boathouse Beer Garden will also feature a wide selection of locally made hard ciders, the Finger Lakes renowned wines and a selection of tasty appetizer foods sourced from the region. As its name indicates, Boathouse is just that; a place where visitors will enjoy looking at a large selection of Finger Lakes boats provided by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. Boathouse Beer Garden will now be the Cayuga Lake representative of the Hammondsport based Finger Lakes Boating Museum.
The revitalization of this beloved destination overlooking Cayuga Lake, located at 6128 Rte. 89, was the collaborative effort of brothers John and Peter Arena. They wanted to bring back their family's business and do something unique for the local community and economy. When asked why they put this time and energy into re-opening Traders Village and creating Boathouse Beer Garden, John Arena summed it up by saying "We wanted to honor our father's original vision for Traders Village. He saw what a wonderfully unique and bountiful place the Finger Lakes is and always sought to provide an appropriate venue to showcase all the region has to offer. We like to think he's smiling at us from heaven as we embark on this newest chapter at Traders Village."
For more information and store hours, people may call (607) 869-2078 or go to www.shopsattradersvillage.com or www.boathousebeergarden.com