Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market returned for the spring and summer season with its official start Wednesday.
The market remains on West Street, between Port Republic and Craven streets, after relocating last year from Freedom Mall.
The West Street entrance to BB&T remains open during market hours.
Several changes have been made , including an early start and end to the season, which will run through September.
Last year, the season was mid-May through October.
Hours -- 2 to 6 p.m. -- also are different this year. Main Street Beaufort, USA, organizers realized customers wanted to shop even before the market opened at 3 p.m. and few came by as the 7 p.m. closing time approached.
The market continues to feature farmers and food vendors, but Main Street wants to keep a mix of some crafters and artisans, a booth for nonprofit agencies that changes weekly, and live entertainment and music some afternoons.
Information: 843-525-6644, www.downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market
In other changes about town:
- The Irish Rose Put and Bistro in Beaufort Town Center announced its immediate closing Monday "due to circumstances outside of our control," according to a message on its Facebook page. The Irish-American restaurant opened last fall in the space previously occupied by Hecklers, Suite 100. Hecklers closed May 2012. "We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to chase our dreams in such a wonderful town and will take away countless wonderful memories from the people that have touched our lives," owners Jim and Cjira Presland said on Facebook.
- Beaufort Liquidation, 164 Robert Smalls Parkway, is moving to the former 84 Lumber building at 5 Parker Drive, across from the Highway 21 Drive In movie theater. The business will resume auctions and will have a weekend flea market. Information: 843-524-2955, www.facebook.com/BeaufortLiquidation
- Several acres of vacant land off Battery Creek Drive, along the railroad right-of-way, have been cleared of a number of trees. The permit with the town of Port Royal indicates only dead and hazardous trees that were leaning toward neighboring houses were removed. They included oaks and magnolias. No plans have been submitted to the town for development of the site.
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