Local market showcases entrepreneurs’ talents

Yolande Slabbert's stall was loaded with sweet treats.

MALALANE – Fourteen new exhibitors joined the latest edition of The Local Market at Riverview Prep School on July 28.

The wares on offer were enough to keep young and old entertained and catered for those with sweet tooths and people interested in art.

Fudge & Fancy is just one of the stalls for those who enjoy the sweeter things in life. Yolande Slabbert, stall owner explained that she simply decided one day that it was high time for the world to have a taste of all the home-made, stove-top family recipes that they enjoyed as children.

Made At My Kitchen Table is an inspiring stall, Andra Phillips explained. She started creating bags as gifts at children’s parties and it went so well that she decided to expand the range. She now makes sports and handbags and can even personalise them to clients’ specifications. The most popular are the Shweshwe bags.

Andra and Anna Phillips.

The Heaps and Sheeps stall offered amazing decor for your baby room. Bronwynn Kotzé and Jeanine Da Silva, the owners, said this was their first market and they also offered a new range. Some of the decor was even handcrafted.

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Stalls sold food ranging from delicious cakes and pancakes to vetkoek and burgers, while a food truck from Picasso’s Mexican Taqueria served up nachos, chimichangas and churros. Dollie Gin rounded off the gourmet alcoholic offerings while Snow Cone made cold  treats and The Tin Giraffo offered a little kick with their bottled chillies.

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Other products on display included designer, silicone and beaded jewellery by locals, toys, clothing, shoes, cosmetics and healing salts and oils. Marketgoers could even get a relaxing massage from Salon Cha Vonn, a local health and beauty studio.

Children could spend time making sand art at one of the exhibits while their parents browsed the genuine art at the other stalls.

Market organiser Kim Springorum said it was a great success and hopes to continually grow it and provide locals with opportunities to browse and buy quality goods from all over the Lowveld.

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Cloudet Aspden

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