Southwood Street Market, bringing together small businesses and the community

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Local market gives voice to small businesses and brings community together after pandemic.

Southwood Street Market was launched earlier this year as a new market in Tallahassee on Sundays.

Southwood town center business operations manager Trae Hackett said there are currently 41 vendors.

“It’s a place the community can come and meet some of the great entrepreneurs that we have here.”

One of the reasons Hackett helped create the market was to get local businesses to work together to sell their products.

You can see it with Brascomb’s Meats and Marie’s Jelly.

The owners of Brascomb’s Meats Darwin and Candace Brascomb said it was the support system of the market and other businesses that made them grow.

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“What I love is that it pulls together so much demographics, and what do you do that could maybe be matched and match what I’m doing to make sure we’re all successful.”

They sell specialty sausages and opened in February 2021.

The idea came from a business Darwin’s father called Jeans Meats that started in the 1960s. His father had to close the store because Darwin had cancer and needed money for treatment. .

In the last yard, Brascomb wanted to pay tribute to his dad, that’s why he started his business.

“We want to continue the legacy. Not only his legacy, but the legacy of our family,” said Darwin Brascomb.

Marie’s Jelly is owned by Rose and Tracy Garrison.

Marie's Jelly at Southwood Street Market

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They make homemade preserves like salsa and jams. Rose Garrison said she has been canning items for more than 30 years, using fresh produce in her garden.

In 2014, she started selling her produce at farmers’ markets and was able to see the community really come together.

“We all want to be successful,” said Rose Garrison. “It’s not just about Mary’s jelly selling all of her jelly, but I want to make sure and help others succeed.”

Brascomb Meats and Marie’s Jelly have set up their tables next to each other at Southwood Market.

The couple advertise a sausage jelly breakfast sandwich as a way to use their products together.

These are not the only two companies that have seen the surge of love from this community.

Macarons by Amanda owner Amanda Howe said she opened her business in the spring of 2021 and sold products in her first market.

Macaroons by Amanda at Southwood Street Market

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“It’s a community I never thought I would need,” Howe said.

She said it was being able to spend her weekend mornings face to face with the community and other businesses that really helped her grow.

She said she must take off from her community in Tallahassee.

Hackett said there are a lot of vendors on the waiting list, so they’re hoping to keep growing to fill the street.

The market is hosted by Southwood town center every 2nd and 4th Sunday.


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