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Organizers hope that it will provide a sense of togetherness during the COVID-19 crises

PMG PHOTO: COLLIN HYATT - Uflora Plant House hosted a makers market on Aug. 7 that featured live music, food and art from businesses and vendors around the state.

Uflora Plant House hosted a makers market on July 31 that featured live music, food and art from businesses and vendors around the state.

The Living Room Market brought together small businesses from Portland and the Willamette Valley to support local artisans. Organizers Ella Kaye and Beki Vigil said they wanted to host an event that fostered community collaboration during tough times.

"This is an event focused on bringing people together in creative community to support small business," the pair said in a joint email interview.

Friday's market was the first of three that will be hosted this summer.

About a dozen local vendors sold goods in the alleyway adjacent to Uflora on South College Street while live music played. A separate section of the market featured food and handcrafted candies.

"We really work on curating an intimate market with rotating vendors so that every event is unique and diverse," Kaye and Vigil said.

Normal COVID precautions were implemented — face coverings were required while shopping in the retail section, people observed social distancing practices and sanitizing stations were erected throughout the market.

The two remaining events will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 and Oct. 2.

Kaye and Vigil said they are excited about the market's turnout Friday: "It is a really successful community event and it is really just starting to take off."


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