Market organisers Shaun Kay and Meg Leathard prepare for the winter Twilight Market. (File photo)
Businesses run by young people will showcase their goods at a seasonal market for the first time in Palmerston North.
The Twilight Market held in Downtown will be the mall’s third market, which marks winter in the central city.
More than 30 stalls will line the halls of the mall, with young vendors joining the market for the first time next week.
Organiser and arts ambassador Shaun Kay said it was a good opportunity to give young people the chance interact with customers in a store-like setting.
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St Peter’s Collegeâs City Slickers will be at the market with their sweet honey goods.
“It’s important to give them a platform to experience the public and see what happens in the real world.”
Eleven young vendors signed up to the market from across the rohe, including students from Freyberg High School, Palmerston North Girls’ High School, St Peter’s College, Whanganui Girls’ College, Nga Tawa Diocesan School and UCOL.
Their stalls include items like honey by the City Slickers, chopping boards from the Lumber Lads, clothing and middle eastern rugs by Anic Rugs.
Typically, a stall costs $30, but with the support of The Factory, a start-up business support group based at Massey University, prices were covered for the young entrepreneurs.
The Factory co-ordinator Emilee Watson said helping young people kick-start their businesses at markets like this, helped build their confidence and develop their skills.
It could be scary starting a business if you were young, but through the young enterprise scheme supported by The Factory, Watson said young people were supported.
“We’re trying to give these students the confidence to show that they can do it,” she said.
“For a lot of them this is the first time they’re actually selling their product and getting some market validation.”
More than 3000 people visited Downtown’s SuperStock market day in February and Kay hoped to see the same community engagement at the Twilight Market.
“It’s all about supporting businesses and encouraging local participants,” Kay said.
“We’re hoping the surrounding businesses will also gain from the market.”
The city has less public events during winter, so having a market where the community could gather would boost businesses and public morale, Kay said.
“They’re going to be amazed at what Palmy has to offer.”
Live music will be played by Adam Lee and Carson Taare as shoppers browse through the stalls.
The market is at Downtown, July 15, 4pm to 9pm. Free parking will be available in Downtown’s multi-storey car park.
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