Dubbed as “Trade Days” with the sometimes alternating moniker of “Trade Day,” by which ever name it goes by, the brainchild of downtown Hope business owner Bob Erwin celebrates its one-year anniversary later this month as the event is scheduled to convene again on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m.

Dubbed as “Trade Days” with the sometimes alternating moniker of “Trade Day,” by which ever name it goes by, the brainchild of downtown Hope business owner Bob Erwin celebrates its one-year anniversary later this month as the event is scheduled to convene again on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m.
Now the first President of the Downtown Network, Erwin recalls “It was something to try. We wanted to establish a downtown event to bring traffic into downtown Hope at least once a month. We needed to do something, which was not happening at the time.”
The genesis of the event was a collaboration with the Hope Chamber of Commerce last year, who provided electrical hook-ups and promotional assistance. This year, it is being run exclusively by the Downtown Network.
“We plan to continue on for another year, and see if we can keep it going. We will have a meeting prior to Sept. 23, so we will talk about ways to move forward with it,” he said.
All along Erwin, who also owns Bob's Antiques in downtown, has been consistent in his intent, saying “I am all about downtown. I want to revive it, make it neat, alive and vibrant. That is what it is all about.”
Erwin believes Trade Days can grow downtown Hope as a regular weekend tourist destination.
As it has since its inception, the Trade Days are anchored at the corner of Elm and Division Streets adjacent to the Hope Depot/Visitor Information Center in downtown Hope.
Erwin was still receiving calls from perspective vendors as he was conducting the Hope Star interview Tuesday afternoon.
“Trade Days will have something for everyone and booths will remain open until 2 p.m.  There will be booths with knives, Juanita’s brittles, handmade jewelry, wood crafts, and more. Come out and enjoy the cooler weather and celebrate the arrival of autumn in southwest Arkansas,” Erwin said.
The initial kickoff last September saw 32 vendors and resellers, taking a hiatus over the winter months before starting up again March 2017. The initial goal was hosting seven such Trade Days events over a 12-months period.