Eugenius Market closes its doors at Gateway Mall

      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- After 18 months in the Gateway Mall, vendors with the Eugenius Marketplace are setting up their craft booths for one last Saturday sale. The craft fair started with around 25 merchants spread across the space at the mall.

      Since that first Saturday in the fall of 2012, it grew to incorporate over 70 different booths that brought a broad array of handmade wares to the bazaar-like sale.

      Even though the Eugenius Market can consistently bring people in the door, coordinator David Wells said they're closing their doors.

      Simply put, the lease is up.

      "Haven't been able to find a new location yet, so at this point we're going to close the market," said Wells, "(We're) hoping to open a holiday market in October, November, December."

      Vendors like leather smith Michael Knotts say they're glad to have gotten exposure through the market.

      "When I started at the Eugenius Market, I was barely making it. Within the three or four months I was here, I ended up tripling my business," said Knotts.

      Anthony Painchaud of Blue Buffalo Mercantile hopes the growth he's found at the market will continue when he and other vendors try to open up their own businesses.

      "We do become a family here. But then you started seeing that some of our friends in our own booths started getting their own stores. It's kind of like the bird getting kicked out of the nest, they needed that push," said Painchaud.

      For those that are worried they'll lose contact with their favorite vendor at Eugenius Marketplace, many said they plan to open up shop at the Saturday Market.