Sarasota's Katie O'Neill, the owner of Paper Moon Origami Co., loves to see potential customers as they approach her booth at special events, such as the Night Market at UTC that was held Jan. 19.
"There's nothing more Sarasota than stumbling onto a bunch of artists," she said. "It's really nice to have that presence over here."
UTC's first Night Market of 2023 featured local boutiques and businesses, such as Blossom & Burn Co., Made for Mama Shop and Driftheory.
The market extended its vendor tents into the road area alongside The Green at UTC, beside Georgie's Garden Cafe, with traffic safely blocked off for those who attended.
Visitors appeared to enjoy the goods on offer as they strolled under the night sky amid the Christmas lights still adorning the UTC area and relaxed in the chairs on The Green at UTC to listen to live music by Kingpin Band while children played corn hole in the grass.
"We love it," said Sarasota's Dan Rutkowski. "We come to every night market."
Rutkowski said the environment provided an excellent space for his children to play in, and said he also liked supporting the local community through all of the market’s vendors.
”It's my first time here, and I'm loving it," said The Meadows' Melba Jiminez "Look at all these beautiful businesses."
Correction: A photo caption in this gallery has been updated to correct the name of Alex Wiederhold.