Phlea Market Phoebe's Phriends hosts student vendors for a cause

Article and photos by Izzy Ullmann '17 and Becky Hoving '17

A buzz of holiday cheer was palpable in the packed KC Salon where Phoebe’s Phriends hosted a “Phlea Market” on Saturday, December 18. The event hosted student vendors, consequently allowing the nine student businesses to interact with customers while raising money for the non-profit cancer research club run by Phoebe Spear ’17 and her sister.

Spear noted that the market covered a lot of ground and was proud of its success.

“We thought it would be a really great way to one, get the holiday spirits up, get those Secret Santa gifts that you’ve been putting off; two, support the student businesses because everyone here is so amazingly talented; and three, raise money for an awesome cause,” she said.

Aishah Avdiu '17 is the owner of Bar 'Bucha, an on-tap Kombucha store on Riverside Avenue. She sold Kombucha by the bottle, as well as granola, and offered free samples to her customers.
Emerson Kobak '18 has been designing clothing since seventh grade. However this is the first time she has made mass quantities of clothing for sale at an event. Her company, Emerson Isa designs, features a variety of velvet tops as well as chokers.

Emerson Kobak ’18, who has her own clothing line, Emerson Isa Designs, sold her chokers, shirts and scrunchies at the event. She has been selling and making clothing since seventh grade, but was especially passionate about raising money for the club. “One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the cause,” she said. “When the club approached me about being involved, of course I said yes.”

Channing Smith '17, who runs the college logo wear company "Game day Gear" sold distressed tees, leggings, and computer stickers for over a dozen schools. Below, Greg Preiser '17 holds Smith's business card, as he plans to contact her for a personalized order.

However, the Phlea Market was not just for seasoned student vendors: Elizabeth Rhoads ’17 sold her original T-shirt designs for the very first time. “I just started making funny shirts for myself,” she said. “It’s really exciting to start off here.”

Other student vendors included Crochet by Marta, Simply.B, Jewels by Jules, BarBucha, Gameday Gear, Art by Maisie and Féte, and the club reported raising $1000 for cancer research .

Elizabeth Rhodes '17 has always loved drawing, but recently found a way to combine humor with art in her unique tee shirt collection. Plain white tee shirts with designs sold for $20 each, while Brandy Melville crop tops with designs went for $30.
Julie Kaplan '17 started making custom-made bracelets and necklaces this summer, and now has over 300 followers on her business Instagram, Jewels by Jules.

Greg Preiser ’17, who attended the market to support Spear’s cause, was excited by the variety of vendors. “There is so much going on here,” he said. “It seems to be really successful.”

So successful, perhaps, that Spear is considering running a second market. “I was thinking that we could incorporate more vendors in the spring, and maybe even host them outside,” she said.

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