Local and student-run businesses thrive on Market Wednesday

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Market Wednesday has become a weekly tradition at FSU, bringing student organizations and market vendors to the students in Legacy Walk and the Moore Auditorium Patio from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each week. Student organizations such as clubs, advocacy programs and Greek life use Market Wednesday to generate membership and awareness of their organizations and their goals. Students, in turn, can use Market Wednesday to explore more opportunities for involvement in FSU student life. While finding an interesting Market Wednesday club may be an individual’s goal, others can browse the local and student-run businesses that Tallahassee has to offer.

Market vendors on Market Wednesday sell a variety of unique products such as handmade jewelry or clothing, homemade baked goods, and even houseplants. What makes Market Wednesday truly unique, however, is its vendors and the experience of local and student-run businesses in showcasing their produce. Whether you’re just starting out or are fairly established, anyone can still buy a spot at Market Wednesday. An up and coming Market Wednesday seller is FSU Senior Alexis Alfonso. As an eight-year-old ceramic designer, Alfonso showcases her talent at Market Wednesdays by selling handcrafted bowls, plates, jewelry, and shot glasses, to name a few. As a college student, she comments on how fortunate she is to be able to get a student discount for a spot at Market Wednesdays all semester.

Sophomore Hannah Smith, another small business owner, shares how she brought her company’s mission to FSU. Smith’s Tallycore operation tries to combat fast fashion with sustainability and affordability. Founded in October 2021, Tallycore initially launched on social media site Depop before launching on Wednesday. In addition to thrift, Tallycore sells a variety of handcrafted items like shirts with Tallahassee-specific slogans like “Strip is Home,” cow hats, and gummy bear earrings. “We sell anything under $20 because at the end of the day we’re all broke college students,” Smith said when asked about her prices. Smith also says that along with their mission of affordability, they encourage eco-friendly practices. According to Smith, by purchasing their items, customers are “giving clothes a new lease of life” while also being environmentally conscious.

Family businesses are also promoted on Market Wednesday, as FSU junior Nicole Guzman puts her and her mother’s business, Nian Boutique, on the table every Wednesday. The mother-daughter operation specializes in bespoke crochet tops and Guzman is bringing a variety of samples of their on-trend designs to Market Wednesday for customers to peruse and select. Guzman shares that “the tops are tailored to your bra size. So when you place an order, give us your bra size and we’ll custom make and ship it to you.” Based primarily in Miami, Nian Boutique’s crochet tops are handmade and direct by her mother, Gloria Canosa delivered to customers.

Local Tallahassee business owners who are not enrolled at FSU also have a spare spot at Market Wednesday as the weekly event brings together vendors from emerging and established businesses alike and fosters a community so they can thrive. Olde Field Clothing, a local clothing store in Tallahassee, promotes other small business owners, even those like Janelle, who have their own market Wednesday stalls. Janelle makes handcrafted jewelery for her individual business but works with Olde Fields Clothing to reach a wider audience.

Tallahassee’s Jackieé Hadley and her company, Tailored Wellness, also benefit from performing on Market Wednesday. Tailored Wellness is a spiritual, metaphysical company that sells a range of items such as crystal stones, handmade crystal rings and necklaces, and cleansing herbs to promote spiritual well-being and healing. “I want to bring community to others who share the same essence, vibe of energy, and want to understand themselves and the world around them,” Hadley said when asked about her business mission. Beginning with Etsy, Tailored Wellness has grown into a sale at local flea and farmers markets, but Hadley says her first big event was Market Wednesday about a year ago. “It was overwhelming at first, but everyone was so supportive and I felt so much love.”

Market Wednesday is a fantastic opportunity for FSU students to find ways to get involved on campus and shop from local business owners in Tallahassee, but what makes it such an incredible event week after week is the opportunity it offers to local businesses offers to present their products.

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