Tori business hit by road projects

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette The Hancock tori has been lightly attended so far this year, but organizers are hoping it will pick up now that construction is completed in Hancock.

HANCOCK — The Hancock tori has been around for more than 20 years, but this year participation by both vendors and customers has dropped significantly.

Sandy Soring, spokeswoman for the tori, said the construction on Quincy Street last year, and on Front Street this year, has probably caused both vendors and customers to pass on the market. Tori is Finnish for “market.”

“I’m hoping that the construction is done on our side, and things will pick up,” she said.

The Hancock tori is located on Quincy Street on Quincy Green next to the Finnish American Heritage Center.

Traditionally, the tori includes vendors of crafts, baked items and vegetables, but Soring said only one vegetable vendor has been there on a regular basis. Another vegetable vendor will occasionally attend.

Another possible reason for the drop in vendors could be related to the weather, Soring said.

“A lot of the veggies got off to a slow start,” she said.

The tori organizers are making an attempt to bring in more customers with advertising and working to get more vendors.

“We’ve been trying,” she said. “You can’t blame the vendors.”

The tori operates on Wednesday and Saturday, and Soring said a change has been made to the Wednesday market.

“On Wednesday, we will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and we’ll have another market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” she said.

The tori continues until the end of September, Soring said.

Soring said vendors and customers can call her at 337-1391 with any questions. Vendors don’t have to go through any process to attend the tori and can just show up.

“We don’t have any applications,” she said.

Anyone who makes or grows a product he or she would like to sell at the tori is welcome, Soring said.

“Come on down,” she said.

Now that the construction is done in Hancock, Soring said she’s looking for improvement in attendance at the tori.

“I’m hoping next year is better,” she said.