The People's Market in downtown Corpus Christi: By the people, for the people
In 1942, Peoples Street was the mecca of bustle and energy in Corpus Christi. Nearly 80 years later, two women are attempting to bring that spirit back.
Monica Ellison and Sam Chamberlain collaborated to create the People's Market with its first meetup 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday off North Chaparral and Peoples Street.
Ellison, owner of 20/20 Vintage located downtown, said the focus for the new market is by the people, for the people.
"It's a collective group of artisans, musicians and chefs that make their own goods," Ellison said. "We wanted to showcase these people. A lot of times people don't have a brick-and-mortar and during this pandemic it's been hard for people to get started with a business."
Ellison said it was important for them to focus on things being made by people and not necessarily things that were bought or part of the "fast-fashion" industry.
"We do have vintage vendors who refurbish clothing," Ellison said. "Sam and I both are on the same page about recycling, re-purposing and reusing goods. We have other artisans that create artwork, photography, ceramics or jewelry, but our focus is that it's made by them."
Chamberlain said she has been wanting to create an outdoor market featuring locals and their work for quite some time. She is the creator of El Local Collective, a resourceful database focused on bringing local business owners and artists to help get them recognition.
Compared to the normal farmers markets in town, Chamberlain said their approach will be different by having rotating vendors for each monthly meetup.
"We want to showcase and give that opportunity to as many locals as possible," Chamberlain said. "Another thing we want to incorporate is partnering with a nonprofit every month, that's hopefully local. We would give a portion of our proceeds that we get from vendors from spaces toward the nonprofit as well as allowing them a space in the market to provide information on what they do and rack in donations on their own."
Musicians will also have a chance to show off their talent during the People's Market. Principe Q, son of Tejano musician A.B. Quintanilla, will be performing at the first event.
Potential vendors can visit ellocalcollective.com/pages/the-peoples-market to fill out an application.
IF YOU GO
What: People's Market
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Where: 615 N. Chaparral St., downtown Corpus Christi
Facemasks and social distancing are required.
Vendors include: 20/20 Vintage, El Local Collective, Skeleton Key Curios, Weird Corpus, Fresco, Ben Sorrell Art and more.
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