LOCAL small business and craftspeople wanting to share their creative talents benefited from a free place to trade and meet customers, as part of Mandurah Forum’s Peel pop-up market.
The market ran for eight weeks and featured local talent including a children’s book author, toy creator, florist, clothing designer, photographer and painter.
“We designed the Peel pop-up market to promote what our local region has to offer and it was a valuable opportunity for small businesses to promote their products and meet with customers,’’ centre manager Jacqueline McKenzie said.
“During our redevelopment, it has been great to support local businesses, crafters and artists by providing them with free available space at our pop-up market,” she said.
The pop-up market hosted many local favourites, including 17-year-old Mandurah surf and skate artist Nate, local baking and cake decorating business Daisy Cakes and Mandurah family business Busters Baby Warehouse.
Busters Baby Warehouse owner Vivien North said the pop-up space helped her get exposure for her business and their licensed baby seat fitting service.
“It was wonderful to chat with members of the community face-to-face and tell them more about what we do,” she said.
According to the Tourism Works Atlas, released recently by the Tourism Council of WA, 1080 tourism businesses operate in the Peel region and more than 2500 Peel residents are employed in the tourism industry.