Twenty small local businesses got together to sell their products and services this weekend at the Centre Paroissal in Walferdange, for The Pop Up Market Luxembourg’s first event.
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The three organisers--Aoife Murray, Becky Goddard and Sarah Homer--created the event to showcase local businesses.
Aoife said on Sunday that: “there are so many different nationalities with small businesses, we wanted to bring everyone together!” With at least 15 sellers of different nationalities on the day, goods ranged from hand-painted African scarves to a Vedic maths session in the afternoon.
Aoife, Becky and Sarah also have their own small businesses, and wanted to create a platform for a wide range of products.
Sarah explained that they will aim to host four events a year: “we’re really pleased with the outcome, it’s important to have a variety of different stalls to give shoppers a good range of choices. We may need a bigger venue if we continue to receive applications from store holders.”
The food truck outside and drink-stand selling crémant and croissants attracted many hungry visitors around lunchtime. It was noticeably a family affair as visitors poured in with children, other-halves and relatives.
Jane Exall, who had brought her toddler along, noticed how family friendly the event was. “We’ve managed to keep everyone occupied this Sunday afternoon! My three year old did some ceramic painting, which meant that I could browse the stalls with my aunt and enjoy a glass of crémant.”
“What a treat”
Visitor Liz Exall had visited a handful of other local markets in Luxembourg before, but was particularly impressed by the wellness related stalls at this event. “What a treat to get your nails done or get an aromatherapy session here on a Sunday afternoon. Even for those who weren’t able to get a treatment today, it’s great to discover meditation classes and pilates classes accessible in the local area.”
While the event catered for children, there was plenty for the adults too. Nicolas Stoops--who runs Excluvino, a wine shop business in Steinsel that started five years ago in his garage--was offering wine tastings to promote his Chilean wines. “Of course it’s always nice to meet potential clients in the community but we’ve also really enjoyed meeting other dedicated business owners who are also working towards the same goal.”
The community spirit was noticeable throughout the event and many of the stall owners with full-time jobs enjoyed taking the time to exhibit their hobbies.
Lizabeth Thogersen and Anne Hartwell both work during the week, but run Nordies together. They sell hand sewn and crocheted products online. As first-time sellers, Anne commented on the emerging community spirit: “we usually sell online, but this has been so helpful for meeting more people within the community. We started off creating the products together based on Danish traditions. We grew up watching women around us sewing and making their own clothes and homeware. We wanted to continue these traditions.”
She stated that for just €20 a stall, they’ll definitely be involved again next time.