“When you support someone here, you support a dream”

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The district market will feature six food vendors serving food and then another 10 who will display their food on the shelves, Winston said. She said she also applied for a license to allow her to sell locally produced wine in her shop.

Vendors that will be featured at the market will include Your Vegan Chef, Sisters Catering, Thai’s Kitchen, What the Slush, Z’s Lemonade and The Cheesecakery. Winston said customers can expect everything from pasta and spring rolls to cookies, ice cream, slush, juice and more. She added that her son’s food truck, Chace Concessions, will also be featured in the store.

During The Entrepreneurs Marketplace opening, Winston said several vendors started there and ended up getting their own space or food truck. Winston said she wanted to continue this momentum.

“I like entrepreneurs just because I know it’s hard,” Winston said. “Sometimes people just need to introduce themselves to the right people.”

Winston has previously helped other entrepreneurs with a similar concept on West Third Street. The Entrepreneurs Shoppe is home to a range of 30 small businesses offering retail products such as clothing, soaps, skincare and more.

Vendors in both locations rotate for six months, so other small businesses have the opportunity to learn, network and grow, Winston said.

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She said seeing the success of the businesses she has helped is what keeps her going.

“Seeing salespeople win. To see the community come out and support them and give sellers hope,” Winston said. “I want to give people hope.”

Winston said she also plans to turn the warehouse behind District Market into a commercial kitchen in January, so her vendors can prepare their food on site rather than transporting it from another commercial kitchen.

“District Market is pretty much about the community,” Winston said. “When you support someone here, you support a dream.”

The district market will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. starting the first week of November, Winston said. To stay up to date on the district market, visit the market Facebook page.


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