Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification.

“We create social environments for young creatives and professionals to connect and cultivate new relationships,” said Damon Landry, one of the founders of Atypical SEC who put on the event.

Central City is primarily a food desert because of the lack of stores that offer healthy food options. Dryades Public Market seeks to resolve this issue. Alana Harris, the community outreach director for the market, asserts that such a business is necessary for the community, but not everyone buys in.

“There are some that understand it and some that do not,” Harris said.

For those who do not buy into the usefulness of the market, Harris has to go out into her Central City community and meet these people face-to-face.

“Going door to door. Going to community meeting, bingo game. Just showing up to say ‘Hey, Dryades cares enough to even put me into this place to represent them’,” Harris said. “Not only do I work in Central City, I live in Central City.”

District B Councilwoman and New Orleans Mayoral candidate LaToya Cantrell paid a visit to the event. District B includes Central City and the Dryades Market.

Cantrell said that the market is an important resource for Central City, but a lot of people just do not know about it. “Since I’ve entered the door, I heard a lady behind me say ‘Wow, I didn’t even know this was here’,” Cantrell remarked.

“We’ve been struggling, since the building opened, to get people to come in an have a real understanding of what an asset they have in the community,” Cantrell said.

Mayoral candidate Hashim Walters and City Council District B candidate Timothy David Ray were also in attendance.

The market and event proved to be very useful to I’sha Gaines, whose jewelry business Ugly Betty Boutique participated in Friends and Flows.

Gaines had a store previously, but she prefers the atmosphere of these popup marketplaces. “Here, you get to mingle. You get to meet people,” Gaines said.

(l-r) Painter Enyo Rose Bratcher, LaToya Cantrell, councilwoman and mayoral candidate, and Lindly Harris look at one of Bratcher’s paintings at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

(l-r) LaToya Cantrell, City Councilwoman and New Orleans mayoral candidate, speaks with Alana Harris, community outreach director with the Dryades Public Market at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Favored Freauxs sold t-shirts at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ugly Betty Boutique sold bracelets at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

  • Turlet

    I guess it’s just some weird accident or oversight, and there’s not an actual economic reason that Central City is a food desert, right? Just need to knock on a few more doors…