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Meet Takiela Langley and Arielle Lang of The Melanin Makers’ Market in Brunswick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Takiela Langley and Arielle Lang.

Takiela and Arielle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The Melanin Makers’ Market was started because there was a lack of representation at our local craft fairs and markets. We wanted to showcase the culture of our people as represented through the products and services of melanated makers.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a learning curve. The biggest obstacle is not having a huge marketing/advertising budget. For that reason, we rely largely on social media and word-of-mouth.

Please tell us about The Melanin Makers’ Market.
We provide a space for makers to bring their goods and services to market. We go hard for our vendors by promoting them before and after the market. We also do a great job curating a collection of market attendees who are primed to buy just what are vendors make by the time they make it to our markets. This sets us apart because we’re trying to build a community of makers who push each other to be better business owners. We’re not just after a booth fee.

The thing that makes us the proudest is when a vendor tells us that that day at our market was the most that they’ve made. We also love it when they make a sale from someone that we’ve referred to them!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I believe that since people are increasingly becoming “label readers” who want to know what’s in their products and who it’s made by, our industry is on the rise. Our vendors can provide the best customer service experiences because they made the products. Consumers are moving away from big-box stores in search of genuine experiences and quality-made products.

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