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A new outdoor market is expected to open next week


HOLIDAY SHORES — Get ready for a lakeside adventure even if you don’t live by a lake.

The Lake Chix Market in the parking lot of Holiday Shores Marina, 100 Elm Drive, Edwardsville, opens from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on the waterfront, with lots of fresh fruit and produce, as well as recycled interior decoration.

“We will have fruit and produce, honey, bread, fresh cut flowers and a few artisans with handmade items, so if you have a birthday or anniversary you can still buy from artists without being saturated,” said 10- Kenneathia Owens Hagen, a resident and businesswoman of Holiday Shores, who started organizing the new outdoor market two weeks ago.

Hagen founded the LakeChix Market and Merch – local and handmade – and it’s open to the public and free. Vendors welcomed to the first market next Wednesday include popcorn, pork rinds and hot corn from Schwegel, plants and artwork from Daughter’s Nature, Alton-based Frost Bakery, Woody’s Honey, Farm Peterson Family, Peter’s Goods, Dipsy Moms, Posh Cactus Peony Shop, Buddha Bellies yoga apparel, Kelsie’s Kitchen for sweet treats and salsa, Farm Girl Scrubs, and more.

Hagen’s own line, Official LakeGear, which includes UV shirts, tanks, hats and all things lake-related, will also be available for purchase on the market.

“The market will focus and feature local farmers with produce, vegetables, eggs, jellies and jams, honey, fresh cut flowers, handcrafted gifts and ‘lake themed clothing’ by Official LakeGear “, said Hagen.

Hagen had a boutique in Edwardsville a few years ago and still creates and sells his nationally recognized line of upcycled accessories, ReLoved Leather, but the idea for the farmer’s market came from cherished childhood memories.

“I grew up with dad, Kenneth, taking me and my brothers to Mr. Pete’s fruit stand, and I was at the grocery store the other week and saw the prices of fruit and produce “, she said. “I was thinking, ‘I could hang out with local farmers like we used to with dad. I know our community would spend with local businesses and farms.”

About eight years ago, Hagen founded the Holiday Shores Sip and Shop, which proved very successful within the lakeside community of about 2,500 homes, in Edwardsville. She also runs a successful screen printing business.

“We’re almost in our own enclave on the lake and people support everything local,” she said. “When I hosted Sip and Shop, so many people came out because our community wants to support their neighbors. We come from Bunker Hill, Bethalto, Worden, Prairietown, Alhambra, all those little towns.”

Hagen launched Official LakeGear at the start of the pandemic.

“I had huge support, again,” she recalls.

Currently, Hagen has scheduled the Chix Lake Market monthly through October, which has already booked all of its vendors, selling mums, pumpkins, and all fall-related items. Future Wednesday dates for this year’s market are: July 13, August 17, September 21 and October 5.

“I already have all my October sellers,” she said. “If all goes well, next summer I’ll be doing the market two Wednesdays a month, leaving a week in between for people to use up their fruit and veg.”

For more information on sales opportunities, email Hagen at [email protected] and follow the Facebook page at
LakeChix Market and Merch.