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The City of New Rochelle’s annual Holiday Market opened at the city’s train station on Black Friday, November 24th, featuring more than 60 local vendors, with the majority of them being minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs). The market includes a mix of “permanent” and rotating vendors, ensuring returning shoppers will have a fresh selection of offerings to choose from through its conclusion on December 17th. This year’s Holiday Market features local vendors such as Custom Crafts, J. Mckinley, Doris Creations, and Manor Sangria as well as exciting food options from a new food truck village. The beloved 35 x 35-foot ice-skating rink is also in place once again.
The market builds on New Rochelle’s efforts to ensure that as its local economy grows, MWBEs have the opportunity to grow with it. To that end, city officials developed an outreach strategy that raised awareness of the opportunity to be a part of the market specifically among MWBEs. Additionally, New Rochelle reached out to graduates of city programs that help MWBEs build their capacity so they can take their businesses to the next level as well as MWBE vendors from previous markets. The selection committee for Holiday Market vendors also implemented a process that gave priority to local MWBE vendors.
“New Rochelle’s Holiday Market continues our long-term commitment to economic development and engaging community members and residents, providing avenues to entrepreneurship opportunities for local minority- and women-owned business enterprises,” said City Manager Kathleen Gill. “We are thrilled to once again bring it to life and create a festive atmosphere for all to join.”
“In New Rochelle, we’ve worked hard to build an economic development program that helps our minority and women-owned businesses take part in our city’s growth, and the annual Holiday Market continues to advance that goal,” said Adam Salgado, Deputy City Manager and Commissioner of Development “Opportunity for those who have been too often left behind must be forged with intention, and I’m proud of our team, which put in the effort to make this a reality, and thankful to all the vendors and shoppers who make up the fabric of our community.”
Other attractions open throughout the Holiday Market include wide-ranging performances from local talent, and activations both inside and outside of the New Rochelle Train Station, which will be fully decked out for the holidays.
The 2023 Holiday Market is located at the New Rochelle Train Station at Station Plaza North from November 24th to December 17th and will operate from 4 pm – 8pm on weekdays and 12 pm – 8 pm on weekends. All are welcome. Free 2-hour parking is available in the adjacent train station garage on the fourth and fifth levels. For a list of vendors and more information: https://www.ideallynewrochelle.com/events/holiday-market/
“The New Rochelle Holiday Market is the ultimate destination for all your holiday shopping, boasting an impressive array of local artisans, each showcasing their unique creations, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list,” said Charmae Ellerbe, owner of WYNNEN, a vendor at this year’s Holiday Market. “I’m thankful that New Rochelle is so focused on creating opportunities for local businesses owned by minorities and women to grow and prosper. As an artisan, specializing in handcrafted semi-precious gemstone and copper bracelets, I take pride in creating pieces that cater to every wrist size and I’m thrilled to also offer a collection of clean, natural home fragrances in unique blends crafted to infuse your space with warmth and harmony. Every creation from WYNNEN is designed to uplift and evoke the best version of yourself.”
“New Rochelle made it easy and cost-effective to select it as our base, and we’ve been warmly embraced by the community,” said Jonathan Boston, owner of Rex Bespoke Clothing, another vendor. “It’s clear that paving the way to opportunity for all members of the local business community is central to the City’s efforts. From Festivals and fairs to the enchanting holiday Market, the city is a vital part of our journey, providing the perfect backdrop for our Bespoke creations”
Significant sponsors for the Holiday Market include RXR, WBP Development LLC, L+M Development Partners, BRP Development Corp, and Allstate Ventures.
About the City of New Rochelle:
With its unparalleled location, superb quality of life, diverse and talented residents and a focused business climate, New Rochelle is experiencing the transformation of a generation. The City’s current economic development plan will provide a spark for the entire Hudson Valley region, positioning the city as “open for business” and embracing smart, transit-oriented development growth patterns that promotes open space, its close proximity to New York City and opportunities for businesses to rebound, recover and succeed in the current economic climate. Accelerated by a new, fast-track zoning process along with resources for small businesses and micro-enterprises, the ongoing Master Development initiative will continue to enhance the downtown area by supporting job creation, property values and private investment – while enhancing sustainability and livability through green and energy-efficient design. For more information on why New Rochelle is ideally yours, please visit https://www.ideallynewrochelle.com.