Recently, Mariyam Nayeri started Mercado Magic – a weekly gathering of makers, collectors, artists and healers – inside her space, Botanica Galactica, 719 S. 5th St.
Mercado Magic takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a special Night Market on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. The events feature a rotating combination of vendors selling vintage, handcrafted jewelry, CBD products, apothecary products, art and food along with tarot and reiki services, live DJs and local musicians.
"Markets are a great incubator for entrepreneurs and artists to try something new," says Nayeri.
Later this year, Nayeri plans to open a vegan and vegetarian cafe and a community space offering health and wellness classes along with the market in Botanica Galactica.
Nayeri grew up in Milwaukee, graduated from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts and lived and worked in New York City for 16 years where she organized numerous markets.
"I have a lineage of markets in my blood. I grew up selling trinkets with my grandparents at the 7 Mile Fair," she says.
Nayeri decided to move back to Milwaukee to raise her family – she is expecting her second child any day – and wanted to open a market in her hometown.
"The market is inclusive, fun and family-friendly," says Nayeri. "Our mission is to cerebrate the talents and passions of all different kinds of entrepreneurs of this city that we love so much."
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.