STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After New York commenced to reopen soon after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced a citywide shutdown, beginning in March 2020, West Brighton resident Lorraine Perez knew she experienced to do a thing to assist businesses get back again on their feet.
So Perez, who formerly owned a debt assortment business enterprise that folded for the duration of the pandemic, teamed up with two buddies — Kelly Vargas, a photographer and inventive arts designer of West Brighton, and Lisa Vega, an avid volunteer residing in Travis — to host vendor marketplaces.
Dubbed The A few Amigas Seller Market place, which was introduced on May 1, 2021, the business enterprise hosts a variety of activities on Staten Island the place suppliers can show and provide their wares. The current market has attracted a selection of sellers, from people selling baked merchandise and household objects, to jewelry designers and candle makers.
“Our mission statement is to convey back to existence the small organizations and the neglected regions of Staten Island, and to aid us increase all collectively,” claimed Perez.
“There are a large amount of forgotten [businesses] on Staten Island that most persons never even know about, where they’re situated or what they are about. And we are attempting to carry these spots to lifestyle by hosting these seller markets. We hire space and carry in suppliers in buy for them to display screen their wares,” she additional.
The 3 Amigas Seller Sector also caters to the quite a few individuals who shed their task during the pandemic and opened their individual companies or produced a new line of merchandise, stated Perez.
“We give companies the prospect to bring out their crafts — their one of a kind things — to the public so they can deliver product sales. A whole lot of these tiny enterprise proprietors were being gainfully used prior to the pandemic, and had to make a distinct switch vocation-clever. Some are employing their innovative skills to crank out supplemental money to consider care of their households,” claimed Perez.
NO Profits TAKEN
With no motive for earnings among the by themselves, Perez explained the a few women of all ages just aimed for the business enterprise to be self-sufficient.
“This is what is encouraging individuals ‘come again.’ So a lot of persons shed their jobs, and [selling products] is what is maintaining them alive,” stated Perez. “We really do not make everything from this. We services the sellers. We get them lunch we bring them the h2o.”
Perez spelled out that all additional dollars acquired is donated to Making Strides Towards Breast Most cancers, as Vega is a breast cancer survivor.
HOW TO Grow to be A Vendor
Perez mentioned that the entrepreneurs post approaching occasions and publicize by using Facebook and Instagram. Interested sellers access out on social media pertaining to precise dates.
“We try out to have at the very least two to 3 functions for every month. The sector several hours vary it all depends on the place,” she explained. “We have a mixed selection of sellers. Jewelry, candles, house products, woodworks, garments, resin pieces, baked cooks, food, authors, wreath-makers and extra. We have more than 80 vendors shown with us.”
WHY THEY DO IT
Perez mentioned the three women hope this market place will actually help upstart or restart corporations.
“We are honest. We like encouraging other individuals. We know what other folks are likely through with their firms during these instances. We address the distributors as associates,” she said.
“We would not explain it as a occupation. For us, we are delivering a services to our group by assisting the vendors produce income that will enable them to improve, to access their aims,” she added.
The following seller current market will be Sunday, Aug. 15, at Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave., Westerleigh.
THE Three AMIGAS AT A Glance
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