City Marketplace House boosts marketing and advertising possibilities for Black-owned firms

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Patrona Jones-Rowser had the concept to get started a marketplace place in Syracuse for Black-owned companies in 2017. Even though going to her sister in Atlanta this March, Jones-Rowser stopped at an out of doors industry room.

“We went to a definitely smaller strip mall region, and it had two minimal vendors in a grassy region,” Jones-Rowser claimed. “And that was my eye-opener. I explained, ‘You know what, I’m heading to do it this calendar year.’”

Urban Market place House, produced by Jones-Rowser, will run every other Saturday at Sankofa Park in Syracuse’s Southside community starting off this weekend. The market’s several hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it will operate until eventually Aug. 28. The market will function about 8 corporations, as very well as songs and food vans. Jones-Rowser’s want to begin the biweekly sector stems from wanting to have additional Black-owned enterprises and businesses owned by people today of colour “get with each other in 1 space,” she claimed.

The market place space will offer you a wide variety of goods which include organic and natural teas, baked merchandise and jewelry. Jones-Rowser owns the occasion planning organization StayMonet Opulent Functions. Since she is in the event scheduling business, she by now knew companies to invite to participate, she stated.


Shankevia Dean, operator of Kevi’s Treats, mentioned her participation in the market is partly because of to her business’s supporters tagging her in a social media publish by Jones-Rowser. Dean, who sells treats like lemon drop cookies and banana pudding, anticipates her customers displaying up to obtain her items, much too.

“I assume to promote out,” Dean claimed. “My shoppers adhere to me anywhere I go.”

While the market is meant to deliver a platform for scaled-down Black-owned organizations and other firms owned by people of coloration in Syracuse this summer, it’s also an prospect for distributors to community and master new internet marketing expertise, Jones-Rowser reported.

She would also like to host satisfy and greet gatherings in the drop so business proprietors can keep on to network, sustain interactions they built above the summer months and construct advertising and marketing abilities, particularly on social media.

“They can say, ‘Oh, I know anyone who does this,’ and they’re in a position to pass along some names dependent on the men and women that they’ve achieved in the sector,” Jones-Rowser reported.

The idea of creating a shared room for Black small business proprietors in Syracuse is significant to Stacey Bailey, operator of Touched By Honey, who sells organic teas, soaps and candles meant to heal aches and inflammation.

About 75% of the purchases Bailey will make on a normal basis are from people today of color, she claimed. She also likes that the marketplace is a space for the Black local community to invest money on Black-owned businesses, but she hopes the industry also appeals to a wide shopper foundation.


With the get started of the City Marketplace Place, Bailey, who will sell at 3 Saturday markets together with this week’s, is happy there is a house for Black entrepreneurs to showcase their solutions, aid other Black organizations and interact with consumers in man or woman.

“This is 1 of the periods where by we can get out there, showcase (and) spend our cash with every other so that we can uplift our race,” Bailey claimed.

The brand for the sector features the Sankofa bird image, created to exhibit the bird’s feet struggling with ahead when its head is turned backward reaching for an egg. Sankofa is a word from the Akan tribe in Ghana, and it indicates to “appear to the previous to inform the long term.”

Jones-Rowser extra two rings, which signify excellence, all around the fowl and filled them with Kente print to signify the return of Black excellence, she explained.

“Our brand was made to seriously talk to what we’re striving to do,” Jones-Rowser reported.

Originally, Jones-Rowser experienced a place in head to host the marketplace in the vicinity of Martin Luther King East and South Salina Road, but she finds it fitting that it eventually landed at Sankofa Park.

As a child, Jones-Rowser recalled going to marketplaces in just her group in Syracuse and acquiring from people today that she understood. The proximity of Jones-Rowser’s residence to the park contributed to her choice to host the market place there.

“I probably dwell much less than 1,000 feet from the park,” Jones-Rowser stated. “And for the very last couple of decades I have been wanting to do a thing in the park because the park isn’t effectively utilized.”

Now, she has the likelihood to restart the tradition from her childhood in Syracuse’s Southside.