An organiser of the new Sunday Market in Warkworth, Ayla Walker, is hoping it will encourage local entrepreneurs to ‘have a go’ at marketing their skills and talents commercially.
“There are a lot of really talented and creative people in our community, and the market provides a low-cost, low-risk way for them to see if they can turn a hobby into a little business,” Ayla says.
“Whether you cook it, grow it, sew it or paint it, we’d love to have you involved.”
The market, located in the courtyard at The Oaks in Warkworth, opened just before Christmas and is slowly building a rotating list of stallholders, averaging around 16 stalls each Sunday.
“Our emphasis is on encouraging stallholders who are selling goods that are authentic, individual and local. Anyone has an idea is very welcome to come and have a chat. I’m always at the market, from 9am to 1pm.”
Ayla says the market also provides a platform for anyone running classes to demonstrate what they do and for local businesses to promote themselves.
“We want to grow the market into something special for Warkworth; a place that really supports the community and the local economy.”
Ayla says early feedback indicates that visitors would like more food stalls, and she is also interested to hear from entertainers.