Local artisans and produce vendors have found a way to help support the community that supports them through their seasonal open-air market.
The BSL Neighbors Market features produce, flowers and plants, homemade lotions and soaps and a variety of products to beautify your life and your home.
On a recent market day, one of the organizers, Aleta Brosseau, explained that the $10 vendor fee from each Market goes to support a local nonprofit organization. Brosseau and husband Paul operate Paul’s Hand Turned Creations. Paul turns the wood for their various products, but is quick to praise Aleta’s skill in designing them. Aleta finds local beach glass, and uses it to create unique, colorful handles for ice cream scoops, pens, corkscrews and bottle toppers, letter openers, and more.
The Market is in its second year, located on the lawn next to the Office Coffee and Wine Bar on Hwy 87 in Boiling Spring Lakes. Brosseau said she and co-organizer Julia McDowell-Grigg owner of Little Green Scenes, wanted a way to connect local artisans with local customers.
“It’s good for people to get out and shop locally rather than just at Walmart,” Brosseau said.
The Market started this season with fewer vendors, due to the space needed to allow social distancing, but will likely be back up to the full spread of 20 vendors when conditions allow.
Normally, the Market is open for business on the first and third Saturdays of the month, but for July, the dates are the 11th and 18th; the Market runs from 9 am to 2 pm.
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