The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 17, 2009

New 10-acre flea market to open in Geneva-on-the-Lake

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Butch LaRiche loves a good flea market.

From Florida to Ohio, LaRiche pops into the biggest and the smallest junk sales and flea markets, looking to see what deals can be had.

Now, LaRiche’s daughter, Dana LaRiche, will manage her father’s flea market dreams at a new, 10-acre flea market space on Route 534 across the street from Geneva State Park entrance.

Thunderhill Flea Market will open June 6 and will offer free vendor spaces every weekend in June, Butch LaRiche said.

“We are excited to bring the flea market to the GOTL area,” Butch LaRiche said. “We feel this will be a huge thing for this area.”

LaRiche said the property, which was the former Castaways bar on the border of Geneva-on-the-Lake and Geneva Township, offers the perfect location for a major flea market.

“The location is amazing,” he said. “Thousands of people travel Route 534 past the state park every week.”

The outdoor weekend flea market will have a 150-space parking lot and will feature 100 vendor spaces this year and as many as 200 next year, with opportunities to expand parking. The flea market will eventually have some indoor vendor spaces, Butch LaRiche said.

“I really feel like this will bring a lot of people to the area,” Butch LaRiche said. “People will drive 50 to 100 miles to go to a good flea market.”

Thunderhill Flea Market will be open every weekend, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and awnings. To reserve a space or for more information call LaRiche at the (440) 466-3283.

“Everyone I have talked to loves the idea,” Butch LaRiche said. “This is a super idea at a super location. We couldn’t be more excited.”

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