Gloucester Road Market celebrates its first year
Market 'by local people, for local people' is celebrating its first year on Gloucester Road.
Nestled into Pigsty Hill is a market boasting unique stalls and delicious food. Gloucester Road Market, which is home to various independent businesses, runs every Saturday from 10am until 5pm.
Established by Chaun Raj exactly a year ago, this quaint market has become a popular spot with local residents.
“I set up the market because I wanted to do something local, which had a social value,” says Chaun. “The market is by local people, for local people.”
Gloucester Road ramblers and regular visitors will find a variety of stalls, including Herbert’s Bakery, The Spotless Leopard, Lee's Teaks and Sam’s Jams. There are six regular stallholders in total at the market, also selling antiques and plants.
Herbert’s Bakery – which has been around since the 60s – sells speciality breads such as olive bread and sour dough, as well as a variety of more usual kinds. Also selling tasty vegan food is The Spotless Leopard – run from a white van by Louise, a fully-fledged vegan of four years. The Gloucester Road Market was the first place she ever traded and has been there since October.
“I always wanted to own my own business and thought the van was a good place to start – it’s been a great way to learn the ropes of running a business,” says Louise. “It’s also good because you get to move around a lot.” The Spotless Leopard prides itself on being 100 per cent vegan, with food sourced from Essentials, a sustainable co-operative which provides ethical food products to businesses.
Lee’s Teaks, which sells quirky hand-crafted animals and furniture from Indonesia and Bali, has been operating at the market since the beginning of the year. The business has been running for five and a half years, with products being sold across the country.
Stocking homemade jams and chutneys, Sam’s Jams uses a range of locally-sourced ingredients to create original flavours, such as orange and walnut marmalade.
With the Gloucester Road Market running all year round, Chaun hopes to have the market inside St Michael’s and All Angels Church hall over Christmas.
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