CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Saturday mornings have become routine for Tracey Diuguid. She walks her dogs around the East End and then heads to the East End Bazaar, an artisan market on the corner of Washington Street and Ruffner Avenue.
There, she enjoys live music, games and lunch with friends and family before heading off to work.
"The Bazaar is awesome," Diuguid said. "I've lived here going on 10 years now and I've seen so much improvement, and this is just one more thing that adds spice to the neighborhood, and I'm hoping it gets bigger and bigger."
The Bazaar is now in its first full season and is attracting more vendors and visitors since it opened last fall. The open-air market features handmade crafts, live music and food vendors, and serves as a launching pad for local businesses.
Ric Cavender of East End Main Street, a nonprofit that works to revitalize the neighborhood, said it's been a long road since they began their efforts in 2002.
"What our district looked like in 2002 compared to now is night and day," he said. "Nobody would have imagined people wanting to come down to the East End to shop or eat. Now, we're drawing people in from all parts of the county and outside the county."
Local jeweler Adrienne Galloway isn't sure where she would be without the Bazaar.
"The only other place to sell and get your name out there is a flea market," Galloway said, "and nobody at a flea market is there to spend money on custom-made jewelry."
Upon approaching Galloway's booth, visitors are greeted with a sea of colorful jewelry. Galloway makes octopus characters using clay to form a head and tentacles, before meticulously adding suction cups, pearl eyes and character accessories.
Each octopus has a name and story, Galloway said. Recently, she made a custom Western octopus, outfitted with a Colt .45, holster, ammunition belt and cowboy hat.
"The Bazaar is the only place, in my opinion, around here that you can go as an artist with your handmade things, set up easily and have this great place to sell everything," she said. "There's nothing like that anywhere else around here."
When the Bazaar started, Ned Savage, one of the organizers, said it was a little difficult finding vendors to participate. Last year, the Bazaar ended with about 30 vendors. Now, they have about 70 -- and counting.