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From market stall to shop via Love Southsea

November 27, 2023

The story of the inspiring journey of local Love Southsea market traders who transformed their passion from market stall into thriving shops or restaurants.

Once upon a time, in the heart of Southsea, where the sea breeze dances with the lively spirit of the community, stories of resilience and entrepreneurial spirit come alive.

Southsea Spirit

Our tale begins in the bustling Love Southsea market, where the air is infused with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the laughter of locals browsing through eclectic stalls. Our protagonists, passionate market traders, start their journey with a simple vision – to bring unique and locally crafted goods to the community they cherish.

With a humble market stall adorned with handmade treasures and carefully curated items or delicious home-cooked, fresh food, they quickly became fixtures in the hearts of Southsea locals. The connections formed through shared stories and the celebration of local talent laid the foundation for what would become a remarkable transformation.

Driven by a deep love for Southsea and an unwavering commitment to supporting local makers, our traders dreamt of expanding their reach. The dream took shape in the form of brick-and-mortar shops, havens for those seeking one-of-a-kind finds and welcoming spaces that mirrored the vibrant spirit of Love Southsea.

Businesses that grown from market stall to shop include:

The transition from market stall to shop was not without its challenges. However, fuelled by a resilient spirit and the overwhelming support of the community, our traders navigated the complexities with grace. The shops and restaurants, now beacons of creativity and community, stand as a testament to the power of passion and perseverance.

Edith & Blanche
Edith & Blanche

Step inside, and you’ll find shelves adorned with handmade jewellery, locally sourced art, and the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted.

As the sun sets over Southsea, casting a warm glow on the shop’s welcoming façade, it’s impossible not to feel the love that permeates every corner. From market trader to shop or restaurant owner, this journey encapsulates the essence of Love Southsea – a celebration of community, creativity, and the unwavering belief that dreams can come true when fuelled by love and shared with the ones who make Southsea truly special.

written by Lulu Whitmore, Director of Love Southsea

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