Market brings food, sights, merchandise

Community members walk down Commercial street last Saturday during the Great American Market. The market was filled with local sellers of handmade crafts and other items. 

Emporia hosted The Great American Market Saturday, with many different vendors who found their way to Emporia and brought with them a menagerie to put on display. 

One of the first booths promoted was an educational booth about Salt Lamps. Salt Lamps are said to help with a multitude of illnesses including asthma, allergies, depression, colds, and COPD, making them an apparent pulmonary cure-all.

 They work by passing light through salt to produce negative ions. These ions are supposed to rid the air of bacteria, smoke, and pollen as well as charging the air with a healthy energy. 

The Healing Garden of Health keeps a supply in their health store located in Chanute, Kansas. 

Another booth was Chandler’s Fluid Art. This was their first year at the market.

Chandler was taking the first step in selling her own art. She lives in the Overland Park area, but she is also available on Instagram at chandlersfluidart. 

Plumb Place, 224 E. 6th Ave, is a shelter for women. It helps its tenants with life skills such as resume building, interview practice, filling out job applications, budgeting, time management, and other independent living skills. 

Their booth was seeking volunteers for everything from filing paperwork to helping with events. 

The Cloudy Corgi is a business ran by a husband and wife and make paintings of the namesake corgis. They also have a Facebook page, supposedly run by the dogs themselves. 

The Beacon for Hope suicide prevention booth was selling bracelets, pens, and other small trinkets. All the proceeds are going to their education programs for students and the police on how to handle suicide situations, or friends and families who are struggling in the aftermath. 

One of the last booths was the Sunflower Gymnastics ran by David and Stacy Doenland. They had a small booth with a runway set up for their kids to practice their gymnastic skills. According to David Doenland they have almost 400 athletes to compete in 2 national events and a handful of local ones every year. 

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