Photo Above: Eat Gai
In honor of Women’s History Month, NYCEDC will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the women of NYC’s Public Markets, which will kick off at Essex Market on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 2pm – 5pm. The series will highlight the female vendors and producers that make up each market and offer details on support and information for MWBE businesses, food and goods from vendors throughout the network.
For over a century, Essex Market has served as a meeting place for the Lower East Side community. It is a public market made up of many smaller vendors who pride themselves on getting to know their customers. As we celebrate women and all they have accomplished over the last 100 years, this special event will highlight a number of the Essex Market women-owned businesses whose entrepreneurship, hard work, dedication and creativity have made this NYC Public Market so special. These businesses, which add to the energy and success of Essex Market on a daily basis, include:
- LES Girls Club
- Josephine’s Feast
- Sugar Sweet Sunshine
- L.E.S. Ice Cream Factory
- Flower Power
- Roni-Sue’s Chocolates
- Peasant Stock
- Puebla Mexican Food
- Arancini Bros.
- Mille Nonne
- Eat Gai
During this event, attendees can sample and shop from these featured vendors, enjoy live music, network with female entrepreneurs, and support the regular Essex Market vendors on the main floor.
The series will take place on five consecutive Saturdays from February 29th to March 28th as follows:
- Saturday, February 29 – Essex Market, 2PM – 5PM (Series Kick Off), Manhattan
- Saturday, March 7 – La Marqueta, 2PM – 5PM, East Harlem
- Saturday, March 14 — Moore Street Market, 2PM – 5PM, Brooklyn
- Saturday, March 21 — Arthur Avenue Market, 2PM – 5PM, Bronx
- Saturday, March 28 — Jamaica Market, 2PM – 5PM, Queens
Attendees can expect to taste and shop for everything from pastries and nutritious kids’ meals at La Marqueta; to fresh fish, pasta, craft beer, and ice cream from Essex Market; to vegan baked goods and international spices from Moore Street Market; fresh meat and sandwiches at Arthur Avenue Market and fresh vegetables and prepared foods from Jamaica Market and more.
Free business services such as advertising placements and marketing consultations will be raffled off to those that attend from Heritage Radio Network, Queens FEASTS, Edible Manhattan and EscapeMaker.com. Prizes include:
- Free web services for 2 years from Godaddy ($50 Value)
- Customized social media plan for a business owner from Queens FEASTS
- Free legal clinic with NELP for 30 minute session with a lawyer
- 30 minute photo session by a professional photographer for your business or products
- On-air mentions on 6 episodes of Heritage Radio & social media mentions ($500 Value)
- Social Media Promotion from Edible Manhattan ($500 Value)
- 6 hours of on-demand business training from EscapeMaker.com ($250 Value)
All images from this article are credited to Lower East Side Partnership.