Local and student 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 students at Legacy Walk and 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 educate members about their organizations and their goals. In turn, students can use Market Wednesday to explore more opportunities to get involved in FSU student life. While finding an interesting club may be an individual’s goal at Market Wednesday, others can browse the local and student businesses that Tallahassee has to offer.

Wednesday market vendors sell a variety of unique goods such as handmade jewelry or clothing, homemade baked goods, and even houseplants. However, what makes Market Wednesday so unique are its vendors and the experience of local and student businesses to showcase their wares. Whether you are just starting out or are already well established, anyone can always buy a place on Market Wednesday. One of the promising sellers in the Wednesday market is FSU senior Alexis Alfonso. As a ceramics maker for eight years, Alfonso displays her talents at Market Wednesday selling handcrafted bowls, plates, trinkets and shot glasses, to name a few. As a student, she notes how lucky she is to be able to get a student discount for a spot at Market Wednesday for the entire semester.

Sophomore Hannah Smith, another small business owner, shares how she brought her company’s mission to FSU. Smith’s operation, Tallycore, seeks to combat fast fashion with sustainability and affordability. Founded in October 2021, Tallycore first started on social media website Depop before coming to market on Wednesday. Among the savings fines, Tallycore sells a variety of handmade items such as shirts with Tallahassee-specific sayings like “Strip is Home”, cow berets and jelly earrings. “We sell everything for less than twenty dollars because at the end of the day, we’re all broke students,” Smith said when asked about her prices. Smith also says that in addition to their affordability mission, they promote environmentally responsible action. By buying her items, customers are “giving new life to clothes” and at the same time being environmentally conscious, according to Smith.

Family businesses are also promoted at Market Wednesday as FSU junior Nicole Guzman showcases her mother’s business, Nian Boutique, every Wednesday. The mother-daughter operation specializes in custom crochet tops, and Guzman brings a variety of samples of their fashionable designs to Market Wednesday for customers to browse and choose from. Guzman shares that “the tops are tailored to your bra size, so when you place an order, you tell us your bra size and then we custom make it and ship it to you.” Primarily based in Miami, Nian Boutique’s crochet tops are handmade by her mother Gloria Canosa and delivered direct to customers.

Local Tallahassee business owners not registered with FSU also have a spot available at the market on Wednesday, as the weekly event brings together emerging and established business vendors and fosters a community for them to thrive. Olde Field Clothing, a local Tallahassee clothing store, promotes other small business owners, even those like Janelle who have their own stalls at Market Wednesday. Janelle makes handmade jewelry for her sole proprietorship while partnering with Olde Fields Clothing to reach a wider audience.

Tallahassee local Jackieé Hadley and her business Tailored Wellness are also benefiting from their presence at Market Wednesday. Tailored Wellness is a spiritual and metaphysical company selling a range of items such as crystal stones, handcrafted crystal rings and necklaces, and cleansing herbs to promote spiritual wellbeing and healing. “I want to bring community to others who share the same essence, the same energy and want to understand themselves and the world around them,” Hadley said when asked about her business mission. From Etsy, Tailored Wellness expanded to sell at local flea and farmer’s 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 buy from local Tallahassee business owners, but what makes it such an amazing event the week after week is the opportunity it offers local businesses to present their products.

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