Latrobe merchants, vendors join forces for combined Shop Hop & Night Market

Visitors to Latrobe who are looking to shop local will find their opportunities doubled on Wednesday, when the town’s year-old Night Market joins with the monthly Shop Hop merchant event.

“The merger of the two has created a much bigger and fuller event that businesses can be a part of,” said Emily Pasqualino, longtime Shop Hop organizer who also has taken on coordination of the Night Market.

The combined event is set for 4 to 8 p.m., with more than two dozen local artisans and food and beverage vendors planning to set up on a two-block section of Ligonier Street — between Weldon and Depot streets. Traffic will continue to flow on Main Street, at the market’s midpoint, while artisans offer an array of items including candles, jewelry, home decor and flowers.

Five local restaurants and about a dozen merchants with Latrobe storefronts will be open at the same time, to provide additional dining and shopping options.

When the Night Market debuted last year, vendors were scattered among three downtown parking lots.

Each Shop Hop event is themed, and that tradition will continue, also taking in the Night Market. Wednesday’s event is dubbed “A Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood,” as it coincides with Latrobe’s annual Mister Rogers Family Days — activities that continue through Saturday in celebration of late Latrobe native and iconic children’s television host Fred Rogers.

“What better way to kick this off,” Pasqualino, who is co-owner of Latrobe’s The Paper Heart, said of the dual shopping event. “We don’t have a July Shop Hop because of Latrobe’s 4th of July Celebration, so we wanted to get something in for June.”

During Wednesday’s event, the Latrobe Area Historical Society will present “An Interview with Fred Rogers” at 6:30 p.m. at the Latrobe Art Center.

The town park at Ligonier and Main streets will feature yard games and live music from the Kyle Greene Band.

The next Shop Hop and Night Market, set for Aug. 7, will feature “Flamingo Bingo.”

Visit the Latrobe Shop Hop & Night Market Facebook page for more information.

Jeff Himler is a TribLive reporter covering Greater Latrobe, Ligonier Valley, Mt. Pleasant Area and Derry Area school districts and their communities. He also reports on transportation issues. A journalist for more than three decades, he enjoys delving into local history. He can be reached at [email protected].

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