WEST SIDE BAZAAR
WEDI’s West Side Bazaar is a small business incubator where aspiring entrepreneurs incubate retail concepts and learn the fundamentals of running a business. It is also a community gathering space where people of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds share a love of delicious food and unique products.
The Bazaar boasts six food kiosks featuring Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Pakistani, and Thai cuisines; and five retail
kiosks selling wares from Africa, Burma, India, Iraq, Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
Located on Grant Street in a developing area, the Bazaar has played an important role in restoring the surrounding neighborhood to its former state of vibrancy.
Once an entrepreneur launches their business, WEDI provides ongoing one-on-one coaching; support in refining their business plan; access to capital and markets; workshops, training, and educational resources; and marketing and branding support. Business owners also benefit from access to a shared commercial kitchen and subsidized rent.
Since 2011, more than 40 businesses have been incubated at the Bazaar, 26 of which have graduated to their own storefront. The Bazaar is beloved by local residents, office workers, and tourists alike and has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, and Yahoo News along with various international, regional, and local media.
Click HERE to start applying for a booth at the West Side Bazaar. You will be contacted by a staff member to set up a meeting to discuss what it means to rent a booth at the West Side Bazaar and what our application process looks like.
How does WEDI support emerging businesses that want to start a small business in the West Side Bazaar?
One-on-one coaching and business plan development
Access to capital & markets
Workshops, training, and educational resources
Shared Commercial Kitchen
Subsidized rent for startups (below market rate)
Marketing & branding
Business advisers & professionals on staff/WEDI board