The idea for Market at the Moon came about during a collaborative paint job at Motion, when Rosie met Jo Buttons of the Full Moon. Whilst the concept developed, Rosie notes that ‘the demand for more markets grew’ and a clear role as market manager was subsequently established. Of her experience thus far she says ‘it’s a lovely feeling to be able to provide an affordable and friendly way to get new businesses going’.
The market is profoundly active in promoting and supporting local (and national) charities – which is a highly inclusive process that’s always open to new suggestions. Charities supported thus far include St Peter’s Hospice which has benefitted from raffle prizes from Bristol businesses and free pitches to promote their cause. Rosie acknowledges that due to the market being based in Stokes Croft ‘the visitors generally have a passion for positive change and many take part’. University fundraisers are also welcome to ‘run free stalls selling prints, tees and all sorts’.
So, for the Market at the Moon newcomer, what can the discerning visitor expect to find? This is a market that embraces the unusual and showcases a great array of ‘local, handmade and independent trades’ including ‘up-cycled fashion, fresh food, frames, vintage fashion, vinyl, reclaimed jewellery and art’. Notwithstanding this, ‘it’s not just about the shopping’…’every Saturday you can easily spend a whole afternoon meeting the makers, craft making at workshops and listening to music’. Frequent visitors will know that the offering changes week on week, ensuring new opportunities to sample the best that Bristol has to offer. With pitches priced at just £10 for the day, Rosie states that a major priority is ‘for the market to be open to all’…’selling your work, whatever it may be, can feel intimidating in the competitive retail world’. Market at the Moon provides an opportunity to showcase the hidden talents found in and around Bristol – a concept the City endorses to its fullest.
When asked what sets this market aside from the historic and well established St Nicks market, Rosie asserts that ‘The Market at the Moon is a completely different atmosphere’, it’s small which accentuates its charm and it’s ‘always relaxed and intimate’ which ‘attracts a wide variety of people and encourages an amazing sense of community’. In addition to this it is worth noting that the Market at the Moon has its own history too, as ‘the first building in Stokes Croft’…visitors would ‘either pop their horse in the courtyard for the day, or jump off the old-school coach from their neighbouring towns, which is fun to imagine when sitting at the stall on a Saturday’.
The concept doesn’t have to stop with Stokes Croft; Rosie would ideally ‘like to meet other like-minded people to expand the scale of the markets without losing the charm of a local independently-driven market’. Aspirations extend as far as getting the full Stokes Croft market re-established one day, but this could be quite the challenge. In addition to Stokes Croft, St Andrews Park and numerous local festivals could also be playing host to a similar idea.
When queried on what it is about Bristol that makes it so receptive to such local initiatives, Rosie believes that ‘Bristol is well known for its social passion and doing its bit to beat the excessive growth of National outlets. We have one of the last independent high streets in the UK and many who live here appreciate knowing where their products are coming from’. So, if you want to be part of such a credible and inspiring concept that has its roots so firmly planted in what Bristol strives to be, get down to Market at the Moon this Saturday at Midday, and let your curiosity be indulged.
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