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

Central Market Trinidad
Divali Nagar Auditorium, Chaguanas

Green Market
Saddle Road, Santa Cruz

IRIE Village - South Stylee Market
Harris Promenade, San Fernando

Market Deh
The Shade Night Club, Bon Accord

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

South Market
Naparima College, Lute Drive, San Fernando

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

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

Things TT
JFK Auditorium UWI, St. Augustine

Santa Cruz

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

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!

Tshenelle aka Nelly B.