Do you want to live in a ‘Market City’?

7 PRINCIPLES OF MARKET CITIES

1. A Market City includes a wide variety of types of markets in a city as part of one market system. Markets include both food and non-food markets, and range from large central wholesale and retail markets to neighborhood markets and informal markets of street vendors.

2. A Market City organizes diverse partners and stakeholders who can collaborate and act together to achieve common policy objectives. Potential partners and stakeholders include market operators and managers; advocates for health, community development,  local food, agriculture, and job creation; philanthropic organizations; and city and regional government agencies.

3. A Market City measures the value of their markets and understands how they function. Market Cities understand where markets are located and if there are places in the city/region that do not have access to a market, especially vulnerable neighborhoods; the supply chains for public markets; the quality of all the markets’ physical facilities and public spaces; the economic, social and public health impact of the markets; and the needs and wants of vendors and customers. A Market City uses this information to “connect the dots” so markets can offer a broader benefit to the community—especially for low-income people.

4. A Market City has distribution networks that prioritize and support healthy, affordable, and safe food and other goods produced in the region. These networks provide the physical facilities necessary for storage, processing, and distribution as well as support the staff who operate these facilities.

5. A Market City regularly invests in its market facilities and the management skills of market operators. Potential investments include renovating existing markets to improve the physical infrastructure to incorporate sustainable design features, and building new markets, as needed, to improve demand or address operational limitations. Market Cities ensure that market managers have the skills and staff to operate the market efficiently, effectively, and resiliently.

6. A Market City helps diverse types of vendors start and grow their businesses. Types of assistance include helping vendors, especially from disadvantaged groups, start a new business, innovate or expand an existing one with new services and products, and making sure that vendors have the equipment, services and training they need to follow modern food safety practices.

7. A Market City recognizes that its markets are also public spaces that welcome different kinds of people and maintain important cultural heritage. They support this role by creating public spaces in and around markets that are safe, accessible, and attractive,  encouraging social mixing. Market Cities programming special cultural events and activities, especially those about healthy diets and safe food.

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Rotation , Rotation , Rotation!

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Milwaukee can be a super cool place to explore on so many levels! Especially for the creatives. Especially since we are essentially breaking barriers and long standing social stigmas by consistently rotating with such a diverse core of vendors, shoppers and supporters.  People always offer positive feedback about our unique location choices, understanding we want to keep the Circulate experience mobile, continuously increasing all of our city wide connections. Desegregating our dollars is no small notion… In the meantime, we are always on the lookout for perfect fitting potential venues in new areas as well as professional partnerships for future Market activations, special events and other Circulate moves. The demand for local products is evident in addition to the small business opportunities and awareness generated by supporting local makers and entrepreneurs around the city!

We would like your help! Yes! We have always asked our Circulate network for input and    investment. It’s all win/win/win!

There are plenty of magical spaces and hidden jewels in each one of our beloved communities! Our team may be unaware and also there are different ideas and possibilities we would like to pursue with the right platform and collaborators! We love introducing our networks and community to different spots! The power of our network is in our communication and cooperation! Where to next? How can you become a part of this process? What’s the next move? Feel free to send us a link, email  message to point us in the right direction! There will be several orgs and individuals offering info and resident and business resources. Promoting and connecting our collective efforts is important! Please keep us informed on how we can work together!

Questions? Email us circulatemke@gmail.com

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As we continue to open up possibilities and set up whole #Circulatemke markets or events at several unlikely places…..Send a special thanks and shout out to some of our recent Circulate venues = Just a few, check’em out & support:

http://thevibemke.org

http://wpca-milwaukee.org

https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/westmilwaukee

 

 

Gratitude – September 24th

Saturday September 24th, 11-4pm with a set up time starting at 9am, at the MLK Peace Place (MLK Dr. & Ring)
(Outdoor venue)

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We would like to send a sincere “Thank you” to all of the creative’s who have been vendors with Circulate over the last year. Circulate started first, because I made a promise to myself. During the 2015 holiday season I promised to only purchase my family’s gifts from artists/entrepreneurs that I hold near and dear to my heart. In this way my purchase would support people who created well crafted and meaningful products and the gift itself would hold a value that could not be bought in a corporate store. The second reason was to respond to the simultaneous nationwide call for a holiday season boycott of non-community owned box-stores and corporate chains. Although I agreed with it, I also understood that if you want people to make different choices you must also offer viable alternatives. Circulate was not created to eliminate corporate shopping altogether but to create options and begin the transformation from surviving to thriving for both our vendors and our communities.

We have hosted a wide variety of wonderful businesses. At the Circulate Markets you can gain knowledge from vendors about healthy practices, holistic healing and chemical free bath and beauty products. You can speak to artists who are also story tellers, giving you a sense of pride and connection to our city’s historical connectivity and cultural roots. For those who are paying attention Circulate is more than a market it is a reminder that we come from greatness. We are building a cooperative community and we are excited about expanding and growing!

As the fall season approaches we wanted to acknowledge our one year anniversary by per-determining the calendar for the rest of the year so that we can prepare for the most improved Circulate Markets yet.

DECEMBER CIRCULATE MARKET

Sunday, December 20th 2015

@ TRUE Skool, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1000 (LL), Mil, WI 53203

(Just below the TJ Maxx)

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For our first market “Circulate’ launched a pop- up market on ‘Black Friday’ the largest shopping day of the year to be hosted at TRUE Skool , an after school urban arts teen center located inside of the Grand Avenue Mall.

It was a great success and for the 2nd time we would like to offer shoppers the option to buy product , gifts and services directly from independent entrepreneurs who are from their community, thus keeping revenue in our communities. Again, we will host at TRUE Skool.