If you’re worried about whether there is any entrepreneurial spirit left in America, relax! Last night we paid a visit to the Moonlight Market on Gay Street in downtown Columbus, and we can faithfully report that the entrepreneurial spirit in Cbus is alive and most definitely kicking.
The Moonlight Market is held once a month on the two blocks of Gay Street between High Street and Fourth. Vendors set up tents on each side of the street — including on the sidewalk directly in front of the firm — and sell all manner of products, from artwork to baked goods and other foods to used books to plants to clothing to massages. Unlike some street markets, all of the participants in the Moonlight Market seem to be individuals who are pursuing their passions through their small businesses and trying to make a few bucks in the process. Without exception, the vendors are friendly, outgoing, and excited about what they are selling, and their enthusiasm is infectious. You can’t help but pull for these people, and also support them with your wallets. We bought some colorful artwork and some tasty baked goods from some very appreciative sellers.
Capitalism has its good points and its bad points, and some of the good points were on display last night on Gay Street. Dozens of people were out in their tents on a very warm Saturday evening hoping to sell their handmade or hand-raised goods — even crocheted scarves and clothing that wasn’t exactly suited to the weather. They all have stories to tell, like the young woman nicknamed Suga Pie who has a talent for cupcakes and has been working on selling them for eight years. She’s recently created her own website and is working on her brand. Her pineapple upside-down cupcakes are delicious, by the way.
Go get ’em, Suga Pie, and the rest of the Moonlight Market crew! You are what makes our economy tick. And if you want to see a little small business entrepreneurialism in the flesh, you can catch the next Moonlight Market on August 10.