She decided to push on and continued to think of other ways to create a job that she would love to do all the time while benefiting the community. “I knew I wanted to do something like it again, but I wasn't sure what it was going to be,” she said.
She decided to try the market model again and on May 7, the Agora L.I.C market will officially launch at St. Mary's church parking lot on 49th Avenue in Long Island City.
Influenced a lot by her mother, who always cooked hearty food and who always dressed her in handmade clothes, Peruvian-born Palacios wanted to create a space that blended wholesome food and creative crafts. She calls it the “tasty-crafty market,” a new kind of meeting place that she feels will soon catch on.
“Anything you make by hand, you put your heart and soul into it,” she said. “I wanted to bring that whole energy and appreciation of handmade goods to people.”
The market will run from May to November, for 16 Saturdays with up to 50 vendors offering handmade goods, fine arts and specialty foods, among other items.
Palacios is also offering a different spin. “It's not just about vendors, but bringing the community into the space,” she said. She decided to open up the market to local artists, visual, vocal and otherwise, so that they could use the space to showcase their talents while entertaining residents and shoppers.
Palacios, who grew up in Astoria and now resides in Jackson Heights, is happy that she has finally found some time to explore her crafty side after working 18-hour days in economic development and marketing for various companies. She is also fortunate enough to find a spot to share that side of her in Long Island City.
“I wanted to be in Queens because it's my backyard, I went to school here,” she said. “Queens is the mecca of 'tasty-crafty.' This is where it lives.”
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