From Friday 6th June, Edinburgh Waverley Station will be the first Network Rail-owned station to host a weekly market in the UK.
With 40-50 stalls, Platform 2 is set to become a popular Friday destination for locals and visitors alike, with a range of hot and fresh food as well as ethical gifts from independent Scottish businesses. The LocalMotive Market will operate every Friday from 11am to 7pm.
The launch at 12pm will include the unveiling of a huge metre-long steam train cake, designed by 3D Cakes, complete with built-in smoke machine, as well as Edinburgh-based social enterprise, The Cyrenians, performing ‘The Locomotion’ with music from The Loveboat Big Band.
Entrepreneurs, Vicky MacDonald and Tania Pramschufer, who are both experienced market operators in the city, came together to form LocalMotive Markets earlier this year and Platform 2 will be the company’s debut market. The duo are keen to show off what Scotland’s small businesses have to offer and to promote awareness of social enterprise and they received an overwhelming response from more than 150 applicants.
“The quality of the applications made our selection process agonising” said Director, Ms Tania Pramschufer. “I’m particularly pleased we will be hosting The Funk Fair on 6th June with 12 stalls selling vintage clothing and furniture. It’s a great way to recycle whilst also getting something unique.”
There will also be local artists, designers, jewellers, florists, wood-turners, and glass-makers at the market, and a food section offering a range of cooked food, tasty treats and fresh local produce.
LocalMotive Markets was set up to incubate small local businesses and social enterprises by working with Network Rail to create a marketplace at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.
“Personally, I’m excited about Jones & Son Bespoke BBQs, who make delicious pulled pork with homemade chilli jam but customers will be spoilt for choice as there is going to be an impressive range of food & drink on offer, from locally brewed beer to fresh oysters” said Co-Director, Ms Vicky MacDonald.
Other confirmed food & drink traders include Miss IntegriTea, Bakery Andante, Manna House Bakery, Creelers, Indulge Cupcakery, Story Cakes, Earthy Foods & Goods, Considerit Chocolate, Tiphereth Trading, Spencerfield Spirit Company, Eden Brewery, Pieroth, Edin-burgers, Scoff, & Pasta with Love. The arts and crafts traders are Harry’s Treats, Colm O’Brien, Susan Kemp, Fern Glass, Two Skies Design, Moss & Wood, Keith Thompson, Pink Pig Art, Dawa Designs, Vintage Remix, Shea Aroma, Gecko Gallery, Scottish Fairy Doors, Blooming Bees, and The One World Shop.
Laura Ferguson, founder of Scoff Foods, said, “When Vicky told me my application had been successful, I was so excited. This is a really great opportunity for a new business like Scoff, and I can’t wait to try out my new ‘tattie scone wraps’.”
The Platform 2 Market will host up to 50 stalls every Friday from 11am to 7pm starting on 6th June. See www.localmotivemarkets.co.uk for more information or follow them on Twitter @LocalMotiveMkts