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Support local? Must visit local craft, food and business markets!!


"Sooooooo Nelly B., how come you know so much about all these local businesses?" This is a question that I get often.
I will admit that I became aware of quite a few of these brands through them reaching out to me via my Youtube channel (click here to subscribe #shamelessplug lol). However, I discovered many others as I perused the offerings of several of our country's small business markets.

Small business markets? Eh? YES!! That's what I said.

Within the past 5 years or so, we've seen the emergence of market spaces that cater to small businesses, many of which don't have a storefront. From clothing and jewellery to food, books, skincare products, items for your home and so much more, these markets provide the opportunity to discover something new, try something new, and in my case, forge longstanding relationships with business owners and play a small part in supporting local and reinvesting into our community. Here's my list of markets that you must visit!!

*Clicking each highlighted name will take you to one of their social media platforms*

BITS and Pieces
The Banquet and Conference Centre, Movie Towne, Port of Spain
681-8418

Central Market Trinidad
Divali Nagar Auditorium, Chaguanas
734-7836

Green Market
Saddle Road, Santa Cruz
221-9116

Market Deh
The Shade Night Club, Bon Accord
481-7087

Pop up by The Fashion Arch
51 Degrees, Cipriani Boulevard, Port of Spain
771-1583

South Market
Naparima College, Lute Drive, San Fernando
733-3772

South Side Expo and Fair
Privé Restaurant & Conference Centre, South Trunk Road, La Romaine
727-4234

The Eastern Market
JFK Auditorium UWI/YWCA, Gordon Street, St. Augustine
726-2096

Things TT
JFK Auditorium UWI, St. Augustine
730-7279

Upmarket
Woodbrook Youth Facility, Hamilton Holder Street/Trinidad Country Club, Champs Elysées, 137 Long Circular Road, Port of Spain
703-2169

Some of these markets like Green Market are weekly, others, like Upmarket are monthly, while others are bimonthly or happen just in time for celebrations such as Father's Day, or Christmas. As always, as I find more markets, I will update the list. These markets are the ideal places to find local brands so if you want to support local, you can definitely start here. If you haven't been, here are a few videos and photos at some of the markets that I frequent.




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For those of you who attend, which ones do you go to? What do get when you go? And overall what is your experience like? Let me know in the comments!


Regards,
Tshenelle aka Nelly B.