Soul food to cosmetics. Momma D’s meatballs to rocking with DJK.Wah! A new market focuses on pop-up food stands and Staten Island crafters.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A new market in Tompkinsville certainly is one for the senses. Patrons to the new Staten Island Food and Art Market can indulge in the colors, scents, conversations and tastes presented by borough artisans and cooks.

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Dorothy Nelson of Port Richmond hopes to have a food truck one day. In the meantime, she takes her soul food on the road each weekend at new Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

The market is open at 20 Cebra Ave., between Victory Boulevard and Castleton Avenue, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Tuesdays through Sundays.

Organized by photographer Marcie Delapaz and Stapleton coffee shop owner Amira Cintron, the collaboration kicked off last weekend. Background music included tunes from Kelvin Wallace aka DJ K.Wah! as the crowd filtered in throughout the day.

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DJ K. Wah Entertainment set up at 20 Cebra for its opening weekend. The DJ is Kelvin Wallace. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

In this inaugural presentation, vendors sold cosmetics, resin artwork, bath products, candles and scented oils. Maria Guzman of S.H.W. Shego’s House of Wax displayed handmade crystal jewelry and soy wax figures. Her endeavor started with candles and she moved onto bath salts and soy candles, distinct handiwork with vibrant colors and intricate detail.

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Maria Guzman of S.H.W. at Shego’s House of Wax at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Liz Baretto’s Gladys Rose Exquisite Botanicals offered whiffs of artfully shaped soaps pressed with dried organic flowers.

Barbara Longobardi sampled creams and long-lasting makeups plus magnetic eyelashes, the latter a hit among visitors this Saturday afternoon.

Adina Roman showed off custom candles checkered with photos plus resin crafts, the mainstay of her business, Roman’s Resins.

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Adina Roman makes custom candles and crafts from resin. She sells at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Barbara Longobardi sells magnetic eyelashes and cosmetics at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Gift ideas and fragrant treats came from Eviie’s Knickknacks and Jolees Lil Bit of Everything.

Conversations with purveyors such as Michelle Swiney McCombs turned up insights on how inspirational COVID-19 has been for budding entrepreneurs. The New Brighton resident now consults on hair and makeup on a one-to-one basis. She cuts and styles all types of hair in her studio and, at the market, sells “old school” brushes, unique oils and a variety of skin products.

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Michelle Swiney presents her own product line at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

And one could eat their way around the marketplace. The edibles are offered only on weekends. There are a few seats at which to cop a meal. Otherwise food is available to go.

Co-organizer Amira Cintron sold cookies from her Van Duzer Street brick-and-mortar, Amira’s Cafe ‘n’ Bistro. She offered cups of sorrel, a cranberry juice-like beverage sweetened with her own vanilla bean simple syrup.

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Sorrel drink from Amira’s Cafe, a pop up stand at 20 Cebra. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Mingled among crafts and a Beezy Beez local honey stand were Lullo’s Sugar Rush cupcakes, custom make creations from Amanda and January Lullo.

HOPES FOR BIGGER ENDEAVORS

Caterer Dorothy Nelson one day hopes to vend from a food truck. For now, the caterer is testing the waters with popup restaurants under the brand Momma D’s Catering. Raves among tasters included mac ‘n’ cheese, rice with pigeon peas, saucy meatballs and crispy fried wings.

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Comfort food from Momma D’s Catering includes meatballs. Dorothy Nelson is the home chef behind such dishes. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

“We pray that it takes off,” said a smiling Delapaz in the sunshine from outside the storefront.

“It’s little baby steps. We going to do an outdoor market. We want to bring out support to these vendors,” said Delapaz. That effort will be called “Small Business Saturdays” and will start on April 2 at 117 Wright Pl., Stapleton, across from the First Central Baptist Church in the parking lot.

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Amira Cintron, left, and Marcie Dela Paz organized a popup enterprise at 20 Cebra Avenue, Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Cintron explained how both concepts riff on a collection of eats known as Smorgasboard established in Brooklyn. She hopes that a fresh genre of food tourists will come to Staten Island to experience its own varied cuisines. And this budding borough market is a start to drawing the new audiences from the ferry and beyond.

“We have good restaurants. It’s sometimes a little hard to spread the word about them,” said Cintron who explained this is a good means through which fans can be cultivated.

The Staten Island Food and Art Market can be found at 20 Cebra Ave. in the heart of Tompkinsville also known as “Little Lanka,” a nod to the concentration of Sri Lankan shops and restaurants. Parking can be found along Victory Boulevard. Vendors can contact Delapaz directly at 347-422-4056. The website with updated vendors is SIFoodAndArtMkt.com.

Here are images of the market in its inaugural weekend.

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Tending the stand of Jolees Lil Bit of Everything and Lullo’s Sugar Rush at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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– Popup market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Jewelry and gifts from Maria Guzman of S.H.W. at Shego’s House of Wax at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Long lasting makeup and creams from Barbara Longobardi at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Candles are made from soy wax, a craft by Maria Guzman of S.H.W. at Shego’s House of Wax  at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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– Popup market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Amanda and January are cupcake makers for Lullo’s Sugar Rush.  Popup market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Slow-cooked chicken wings from Momma D’s Catering, now featured on weekends at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Fried chicken wings from Momma D’s Catering, among the specialties from Dorothy Nelson at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Rice and pigeon peas from Momma D’s Catering at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Dorothy Nelson from Momma D’s, a food vendor at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Mac ‘n’ cheese from Momma D’s Catering at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Food from Momma D’s Catering is listed on the weekend menu at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Soaps with flowers are custom crafted by Gladys Rose’s Exquisite Botanicals, Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Cosmetics from Barbara Longobardi who presents cosmetics from influencer Tori Belle at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Soaps from Gladys Rose Exquisite Botanicals at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Cookies from Amira’s Cafe, a Stapleton store with a stand at new Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Beezy Beez local honey at the Popup market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Michelle Swiney sells bath products and private label products. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Scented oils from Michelle Swiney Hair, a private hair and cosmetic studio that has a stand at 20 Cebra Ave. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Amira Cintron arranges her fresh baked Red Velvet Cookies on a plate at 20 Cebra’s opening day for the Staten Island Food and Art Market. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Brushes from Michelle Swiney Hair. Michelle Swiney is a brand ambassador for Olivia Garden International who has a private hair studio for all types of hair in New Brighton. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Oils in a burlap package from Michelle Swiney’s product line at Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Adina Roman at her Roman’s Resins with colorful candles, resins and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Adina Roman’s Roman’s Resins includes mugs and knick knacks for various occasions. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri



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