“I understand all the pressures that the city of Newton has to try and make everybody happy,” Cole said. Still, he said, “It’s not going to help the city, it’s not going to help the market and it’s not going to help the business.”
Newton officials said they are doing more outreach with the Newton Highlands business community and are discussing whether retailers want dedicated booths at the market to help drive traffic to their stores.
The city also offered a Newton baker, Harriet Finck, who had hoped to launch her gluten-free bakery business at the farmers market, a new space at the Newton Cultural Center. Finck met with Newton officials after she expressed disappointment that she could not participate in the farmers market.
“I am going to make the most of it,” Finck said of her new location.
The other two bakers who were scheduled to participate in the indoor market are from out of town.
The baker debate has also spurred more intense discussions among Newton officials about ways to help small businesses, including creating incubators that help start-ups share resources and ideas, said planning director, Candace Havens.
“We want to support all the businesses,” Havens said.
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