Midtown Marketplace

Auxiliary of Total Health Awareness Team offers items for sale

In July 2005, the Total Health Awareness Team (THAT) was given the opportunity to move in to what has come to be known as “the Gateway Building” to the Mid-Town District. After a year and a half of controversy and an enormous amount of work and support, the Mid-Town Marketplace opened Saturday, Jan. 13, at 203 Seventh St., Rockford.

THAT is a nonprofit agency providing disease prevention services to at-risk community members of the Rock River Valley. The Midtown Marketplace is the newest fund-raising project offering art, antiques and other boutique-type items, as well as consignment opportunities to the public. While generating increased community support for greatly-needed disease prevention services for the community, this project will also support local artisans, craft persons, vocalists and musicians, i.e., our “starving artists.” More importantly, the Midtown Marketplace provides skills building opportunities to disenfranchised members of the community, providing them the support necessary to gently re-enter the mainstream society.

“We are always looking for someplace new to sell our art,” said local Rockford artisan Polly Mae Philips.

“With the need to show positive changes in our community as a result of THAT’s services, combined with the fact that ‘Downtown’ is in need of more ‘high-end’ boutiques and shops, we feel the Midtown Marketplace is the perfect addition for Seventh Street,” said JBryan Latham, executive director. “We are pleased to be a part of the Mid-Town District as a viable business and social service entity.”

For more information, contact JBryan Latham or Sarah Rosa at 961-1269.

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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