Pretoria has a new obsession, weekend markets. Artisan markets seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Here are a few that I am enjoying.
- Irene Market (Irene)
- Hazel Food Market (Menlo Park)
- Market on Main Pretoria (CBD)
- Moreleta Village Market (Moreleta Park)
- Serene Market (Menlyn)
- Capital Urban Market (Menlyn)
- The Stall (Southdowns)
These cool markets indicate a few things to me.
Entrepreneurship is on the rise – More and more citizen are taking to the markets to sell their wares as a side project.
More vendors are needed to meet the demand – There are only two days in a weekend. As the number of markets increase, so too must the number of vendors to meet the demand.
A need for creativity – All the markets seem to be relatively the same thing, throw some gazebos onto a patch of grass. Well there’s nothing wrong this, we need something different in the capital city.
What about a huge screen with a drive in movie? What about a market in a closed-off street near Hillside tavern? I challenge organisers to do something different, Pretoria deserves it.
Follow on industries need to be established – If we look at our big brother city to the South, Johannesburg, we can take a few lessons. I am referring to Neighbourgoods and the area of Braamfontein. Although not the first attraction in the suburb of the city centre, Neighbourgoods played a vital role in drawing in a new, diverse crowd and promoted new restaurants and bars to open.
Pretoria is a diverse city, yearning for something new and cool. Residents, get to your local market and if you have something to offer – sell it.
(Photo courtesy of marketonmain.co.za)