The Canarsie Merchants Association’s Pop-Up Shop Series, a cross-marketing effort designed to introduce new customers to existing businesses and bring more foot traffic to established places, is hosted from September to December at local venues in Canarsie.
On Saturday, October 21st, five small businesses shared their goods and products at The Xperience Coffee House and Sylk Cove Cocktail Lounge on Rockaway Parkway. Independent brands like T.R.E.X. Skin Care, Creative Overflow, Kayonne Beauty, Prosperity is Paramount Clothing, Liz Designs Boutique and Lucky Key Spiritual Jewelry all had their merchandise on display and ready for customers to purchase.
Many of the merchants shared their stories with the Canarsie Courier on how they started their ventures. Kayonne Beauty was born when Kayonne Natalie gave birth to her daughter three years ago. The single mom wanted to find products that were chemical-free and good for her baby. T.R.E.X. Skin Care is a business started by Tremaine Mcrae as an investment vehicle he could build for his daughter. Each year on her birthday, he makes different products to celebrate her birthday, like cupcake soaps and special-flavored lip gloss.
Prosperity is Paramount developed during the pandemic when Ann Marie Lewis was forced to close her daycare. Now, the longtime businesswoman sells clothing online featuring messages of inspiration. Lucky Key Spiritual Jewelry by Henry Tekin and his partner is a concept they created. The pair started in 2019 and make handmade spiritual jewelry, sharing their products at other pop-up and live events. Marilyn Fields, the owner of Creative Overflow, a former long-time educator, started her store on Pitkin Avenue a few years ago. She also sells custom-designed clothing and artwork. Wakima Bird, a financial professional with Primerica, was on-site sharing strategies for building wealth and prosperity.
The next Pop-Up will be on November 25th during Small Business Saturday at The Xperience Coffee House, 1454 Rockaway Parkway.