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10 Women-Owned Businesses Open At New Far South Side Pop-Up Marketplace: ‘A Dream Come True’

Some of the entrepreneurs are getting to experience running an in-person store for the first time through the marketplace.

The Far South CDC Marketplace, wherer neighbors can shop from ten women-owned small businesses, is open now through May 2023.
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WEST PULLMAN — Ten women-owned small businesses have set up their own shops inside a Far South Side marketplace.

Neighbors can support local entrepreneurs and grab clothing, natural beauty products, candles and more from the vendors noon-6 p.m. daily at the Far South Community Development Corporation Marketplace, 837 W. 115th St., according to a news release.

Florence Hardy, the development group’s chief development and innovation officer, said the marketplace is the latest incarnation of previous efforts from the organization to support small businesses. It’s being funded with grant money from the city.

“In this storefront program, we’re really focused on getting business owners the opportunity to see what it’s like to run their brick-and-mortar,” Hardy said. “They have to be there every day. They have to work it as if it was their own space. And the grant covers the rent, so they get to do this [while] sort of testing of their business model and see how they would market their business without having to pay for rent or utilities.”

Each vendor has their own area and signs at the marketplace, Hardy said.

Some of the entrepreneurs — including Mars Majestyy, who runs the Bomb Beauty Boutique — are getting to experience running an in-person store for the first time through the marketplace, said Elizabeth Neukirch, a spokesperson for the Far South Community Development Corporation.

“I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I’ve been interested in starting my own business since childhood,” Majestyy said in a news release. “This opportunity is a dream come true. …

“This is my chance to test what it would be like and determine if it’s worth it, without taking on the financial burden of rent. I get to allocate that money for other purposes to grow.”

The grant will fund the marketplace until May, Hardy said. The Far South Community Development Corporation is looking for additional funding that would allow the businesses additional time at their pop-up.

The Far South Community Development Corporation hopes the market prevents businesses owners and shoppers from the area going to other neighborhoods, Hardy said.

“What we what we have seen in the past is that we have trained business owners and then they go to different communities to actually operate, and that might be because of the availability of commercial space or the cost of rental space,” Hardy said. “So what we hope is that this gets the community used to both starting a business within it and visiting business owners that are operating.

“By activating these spaces, with responsible landlords, we hope that we can bring back the robust or retail thoroughfares that existed on the Far South Side in the mid-1900s and get the community back to shopping where it lives.”

The businesses at the marketplace:

  • Bomb Beauty Boutique
  • Chic T Boutique
  • Cosmic Creole
  • Herbalogy
  • Poppin Dough
  • Max Candle Co.
  • Monique Michelle The Beauty Experience
  • She Sale Sea Shells
  • Simply Stuff
  • Upscale Resale

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