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Guelph Market – Connecting Local Artists to Guelph ON

Guelph, ON – Guelph Market, Guelph’s only online market for local artisans and vendors is now offering residents local pickup of handmade goods, working to amplify BIPOC and marginalized artists.

At the beginning of the year, Guelph Market was slated to bring local artists together at Silence Guelph. With shutdowns of in-person gatherings starting as early as March, Guelph Market seemed to be put on an indefinite hiatus. However, Brian Kwok, Creator and Owner behind Guelph Market, pivoted quickly to create a brand-new website for these artists, bringing to life over the course of a couple months.

“We’ve worked really hard,” said Kwok, “we’ve been reaching out and searching for artists who want to bring their art to our community, but feel they are too small to compete in the big business world of Etsy or Amazon”. comes at the perfect moment, demonstrating an alternative platform for artists and vendors to start their own business during unprecedented times. Local customers can also benefit from this alternative platform, as it allows consideration for shoppers who may miss out on single day shopping experiences, paired with the convenience of contactless pick up.

“A cornerstone of Guelph Market’s mandate is to amplify the voices and work of BIPOC and marginalized artists” said Kwok, “it’s important to know that the stories and voices of these artists in our community are incredible. This kind of platform gives me the opportunity to help promote these artists, their creativity and their stories”. is also excited to announce a new speciality tab on the homepage highlighting charitable products. These will all be products from individual artists with a majority of proceeds going to local organizations. “We’re so happy to be able to give back” said Kwok, “by offering charitable products, we’re not only paying local artists and creators, but also putting money back into our community”. 

Are you a local business, artist or vendor who identifies as BIPOC or from a marginalized community? is taking applications. Hit the apply button on the front page to answer a questionnaire prior to being accepted. Kwok is thrilled to be able to offer access to discounted business consultation services, tailored specifically to their needs, and level of involvement in their day to day operations.

For more information please contact:

Brian “B” Kwok, Creator & Owner, | instagram @guelphmarket | facebook @guelphmarket

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