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The Return of Stupid Sunday, Sellers Take Advantage of Face-to-Face Interactions

The first Silly Sunday this summer attracted dozens of local artists, shopkeepers and food and drink vendors. Thanks to a new liquor license, adult drinks like Bloody Marys were on the menu on lower Main Street.

In a tent near the Heber Avenue intersection, Mecia Emery displayed colorful dog collars she made by hand at her home in Park City. She hoped to sell 50 to 60 of them.

Her business is called Luni & Roo, named after her two dogs. Most of her sales are done online, but she said settling in person at Silly Market is a great opportunity.

“It’s honestly the best marketing for us,” Emery said. “We have a lot of exposure, and it’s great fun to get out there and meet all these new faces and everyone’s dogs, and commercially we tend to do well, every Sunday.”

Last year, Luni & Roo only had a stall at the market a few times, but Emery said she signed up for a tent every Sunday this summer.

It was the very first Silly Market appearance for Heber City photographer Johnny Adolphson, but he was also at Art Around the Square in Midway a week prior.

He wasn’t sure exactly how many prints he wanted to sell, but said he also plans to return every Sunday this summer.

“For me, selling out of the tent is huge,” Adolphson said. “It’s one thing that people see my art on their phone or on the internet. But it’s another thing to go out and see the real prints and the big acrylics and the big metal prints and the art speaks for itself when you see the big pieces in person.

Adolphson said he will be at Art Around the Square on July 4 and 24 and Midway Swiss Days in late summer.

Murray’s Alex and Amanda Boyd said they’ve been looking for a toymaker whose tent they’ve been visiting for years, since the entertainer was 10. After attending a wedding the night before, they wanted to spend a relaxing day in the old town and support the local economy.

“We’ll probably spend two or three hours hanging out, having coffee and walking around,” Alex Boyd said. “I think we like to make sure the local economy is really strong. It’s a cool part of Utah and the outdoor community here.

Silly Sunday, on lower Main Street, runs on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except August 7, 14, and 21. The last day is September 25.