, 2022-09-26 13:59:17,
On a recent Saturday evening, artist Justin Wilkins sits behind three long tables in the Atlantic Station retail district, watching the sunset with a paintbrush in hand. But Wilkins wasn’t just enjoying the view: he was presenting his work as part of Maker’s Market, an outdoor vendors market held at Atlantic Station’s outdoor venue space weekly on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
“This is our sixth year doing the market. It’s just grown steadily more or less over time,” Powell said. “It has really established itself as a haven for small businesses in Atlanta.”
Powell, who has been the executive director of Makers Market since its establishment in 2017, connects with local businesses through the market website and selects which ones will be featured.
“It’s a rotating community, so it’s an interesting dynamic,” said Powell. “We don’t use the same folks every week, although there are some regulars.”
The outdoor space and popularity of Atlantic Station provide vendors with exposure to diverse audiences and increased visibility that most of the participating businesses do not experience in the locations where they are based, many within residential areas outside of metro Atlanta.
For Richard Totimeh, vendor and operator of cold press juice company Juice Champs, the convenient location and a presence on social media have led to easier opportunities to draw out customers who may not visit his…
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