Pair launch People’s Market at CedarBridge
Entrepreneur Tracey Trott began selling hosiery items from a vendor's stall two years ago. Her small business was “a hit” and filled a void in the market by catering to the needs of full-figured women.
But like many other vendors on the Island she said it was a challenge finding a central location for her stall. Ms Trott and Khalid Worrell, the son of long-time baked goods vendor Lucinda Worrell-Stowe, came up with an idea for a People's Market.
The weekly market will launch this Saturday at CedarBridge Academy from 9am until 4pm. It will include clothing, baked goods, jewellery, toys, furniture items and a flea market.
It differs from other markets, which typically sell one type of item, said Mrs Worrell Stowe.
It will also feature music and local entertainment; stalls manned by a nurse, carpenter, electrician and lawyer to give advice on speciality areas; and boasts a Seniors' Cafe where those age 65 and older can get tea, coffee and snacks and enjoy a little conversation.
Students who volunteer with the Seniors' Cafe can earn community service hours to count towards their graduation, said Ms Trott.
She and Mr Worrell came up with the idea last May 24 and were soon after granted approval by CedarBridge Academy's board of governors to use the grounds.
They hope to operate the centrally-located vendors' market year-round, but that depends on its success over the winter months, said Ms Trott.
Co-founder Mr Worrell said: “We came up with the idea partly to do with the economic climate and just giving people the opportunity to get a deal or bargains.
“Also to give people the opportunity to be able to vendor in a location that is prominent, rather than the ones that exist that are spread around the Island and are seasonal.”
He said the People's Market was also a great way for both public and private schools to sell baked goods or raffle tickets to raise money for a school trip or classroom supplies.
“It's basically about helping the community and assisting the community in this time. I think of it as a direct injection of cash flow because you come and sell [goods] and it goes straight into your pocket.”
They decided to name it the People's Market in a bid to involve everyone.
Long-time baker Mrs Worrell-Stowe makes 150 loaves of bread from her home each week for her growing clientele. She said: “The name suggests that everyone's involved and everyone can pretty much take ownership and be welcome.
“This is a place they can sell their goods and buy their goods during a fun day out.”
She said they have plenty of surprises in store for the launch this weekend, including an appearance by Community Development Minister Michael Weeks.
Mrs Worrell-Stowe said: “We want the grand opening to begin with many activities taking place such as face painting, marching band, Gombeys, majorettes, and much more.
“I personally would really like to see seniors come out for the Seniors' Cafe because I think it would be a nice, enjoyable outing for them, so I am really looking forward to that.”
All three entrepreneurs are hoping to get new vendors on board; while Ms Trott has been tasked with providing them with information to get their small business off the ground.
Interested vendors or schools can get more information or register by calling Ms Trott on 735-2215 or Mrs Worrell-Stowe on 516-7747.