The Dolphin Centre in Poole is encouraging local small businesses and start-ups to trade at its Street Market.
Introduced in September last year, the Dolphin Centre is encouraging applications from all Dorset makers and small businesses.
Based in the main mall area of the Dolphin, stalls can be booked for initial trials with single day stall hire currently available, encouraging online businesses that may be interested in exploring physical retail.
Carmen Moore, Community Manager at the Dolphin Centre, said: “The Street Market is a way for The Dolphin to champion all the wonderful makers and small businesses here on our doorstep..”
A business that has been trading at the Street Market since its inception is &gooey, owned by Andreia Sousa. Specialising in brigadieros, a traditional Brazilian truffle, Andreia has highlighted how her time trading at the market has brought invaluable experience. &gooey originally exclusively sold its products through its website, before Andreia decided to take the plunge and book a weekly trading slot at the Dolphin.
Andreia said: “Nothing is better than face-to-face contact with our customers. The Dolphin Centre offers reasonable rent and everyone was super friendly. We met so many other businesses with amazing people behind them – they’ve have been so kind to share advice and support one another, which is a beautiful thing to see.”
The Dolphin Street Market is part of a wider initiative to breathe new life into Poole’s high street.
Trading hours for the markets are from 9am-5:30pm every Saturday and Sunday, and costs start from £20 per day.If you are interested in learning more about the markets, please contact carmen@ dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk