26 Mar Markets Make Move To Virtual
Gladstone played host to the region’s first ever virtual market on the weekend, with over a thousand tenacious ‘market goers’ refusing to be deterred by the cancellation of the physical market events. The Facebook group Online Markets GLADSTONE 4680 was created by local business owner Hannah Jackson of ‘Ammy Lou Boutique’ with the help of Joanna O’Regan from ‘Raphael St Candle Co.’.
Hannah recently created the group with the hope that it will provide assistance to small and local businesses across the Gladstone region. With many events being postponed or cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19, small and local businesses are beginning to suffer significant financial burden.
“Just knowing the troubles I myself will face due to event cancelling, having to self-isolate, I know I am not alone in the fear for my small business facing closure. That motivated me to brain storm outside of the box to help our locals who would be feeling the same fear I do,” Hannah said.
The page has garnered tremendous community support with over 1,400 active members or ‘buyers’ and over 60 ‘stalls’ or sellers pre-registering a week before the event had even kicked off.
“The community response has been amazing, I never expected it to be such a positive overwhelming response! But I am so glad it is. Now that we have a large amount of confirmed and verified local stalls on board, my next aim is to extend our customer base so this (the page) is able to help out our small businesses even more.”
Although Hannah admits that this might not be the magic answer to all the problems currently affecting regional businesses, she prays it will provide some temporary relief from the financial strain being felt. Hannah plans to run the virtual market every Saturday and Sunday for the foreseeable future with an enthusiastic aspiration to take it further.
“To be honest with this amount of positive response it has opened my mind to what more I could do and how much further we could go. I mean the potential for even a brick and mortar store for our small businesses to stock their products, and an official website would be an amazing goal we could look into.”
To join the group search Online Markets GLADSTONE 4680 on Facebook or go to www.facebook.com/groups/274260426898879/