Aurora Gardener Founds Rebel Marketplace Farmers’ Market

James Grevious had never planted a garden before, let alone run a farmers’ market. But this 38-year-old father of three is successfully doing both and plans to keep the momentum of good, clean food going in his Aurora neighborhood.

“As far as Aurora goes, people actively need access to healthy food,” he says. “I spoke to Mo Betta’ Green [Marketplace], and I wanted to bring something like that to Aurora and follow in her footsteps.”

So Grevious founded his own business, Rebel Marketplace, a monthly, seasonal farmers’ and local wellness market that opened this past spring in Aurora’s Del Mar Park at 312 Del Mar Circle.  Under the slogan “Feeding our community, one garden at a time,” this small market started with a lot of gumption on Grevious’s part after his several years running his own urban farm project, Rebels in the Garden. But between COVID-19 and an initial permit denial from city officials, the public market almost didn’t happen. 

Rebels in the Garden urban farm in Aurora.EXPAND

Rebels in the Garden urban farm in Aurora.

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“You can’t tell James no,” says Desiree Fajardo, Grevious’s girlfriend and a fellow gardener. “I think they are going to say no and if you just except that no, you won’t get anywhere,” she say about the city agencies in charge of licensing and permitting.

As she predicted, Grevious did not take no for an answer and asked for a meeting with the city to discuss the issues they had with starting an outdoor market at the park. He found out that there weren’t any restrictions he couldn’t overcome, and they were all able to work together to set up a plan. Then the pandemic hit and the rules became trickier to navigate, but still Grevious pushed on.

“If we didn’t have COVID I think it would have taken off, but then I wouldn’t have all of this without COVID and staying home,” says Grevious, gesturing to his vast garden. “Also, the market drew people who might not have come out if it wasn’t for the pandemic.”

Grevious can plant long rows of vegetables in his spacious back yard.EXPAND

Grevious can plant long rows of vegetables in his spacious back yard.

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The seeds for Rebel Marketplace were planted in Grevious’s own back yard with Rebels in the Garden, a project he launched to engage his kids, nephew and a family friend in 2015. The idea, he says, was to do something meaningful in response to the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. At first it was mostly just good reason to hang out, grow food and have healthy snacks together at his home in Montbello. But the gardening and socializing went well enough that Grevious decided to continue his urban farm the next year. Unfortunately the timing was off and the the Air Force master sergeant and F-16 mechanic got deployed to Japan. So, the garden had to be put on hold.

In 2017 he moved to his current location in Aurora’s Highland Park neighborhood. His large back yard was perfect for the new farm, and by

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DesignerInc Technology Platform and Marketplace For The Interior Design Trade Launches Gilded Circle Loyalty Program

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DesignerInc is thrilled to announce the launch of the Gilded Circle™ – a tech-infused loyalty program created for the new era of design.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Style Stars. All designers shopping on DesignerInc earn Style Stars™ with every purchase, accruing $25 in Style Stars for every $1000 spent on DesignerInc products. Style Stars are redeemable for credit on future purchases by applying credits at checkout!
  • ShopTalk. Designers and Manufacturers can now elevate their communications in a refreshing, sourcing-focused format via ShopTalk™, a professional networking platform within DesignerInc! The first-of-it’s kind platform allows designers and manufacturers to directly connect with each other. Designers share reveals, announcements and projects, tagging products in the posts while Manufacturers share promotions, events and new introductions, tagging products from their collections. ShopTalk will also feature double Style Star promos, including special incentives for new vendor partners.
  • Tech Tools. Our dynamic technology suite makes everyone’s life easier! Highlights include AI image search, augmented reality options, virtual showrooms, and QR technology all wrapped up in an end-to-end tech platform for the trade, creating a seamless, integrated experience for our Gilded Circle members.
  • Concierge Service. The DesignerInc Concierge is here to support designers and help them fulfill their mission. Our team works alongside the design teams to ensure an ideal experience from start to finish!
  • VIP Previews. See it on DesignerInc first! Online access to special and collection launches and new introductions, co-hosted by our magazine – byDesign.™
  • Gilded Circle Cards. Technology-enabled Gilded Circle cards are issued to all new DesignerInc clients.

The Gilded Circle community of designers and manufacturers have already begun to take advantage of the DesignerInc technology suite to supercharge productivity in our increasingly tech-centered industry.

Designers and vendors not currently partnered with DesignerInc are encouraged to register and experience DesignerInc for themselves by visiting www.designerinc.com.

For more information or images, you can reach the DesignerInc team any time via [email protected]

 

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DesignerInc Technology Platform and Marketplace For The Interior Design Trade Commences Fall MKT

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DesignerInc MKT is a biannual Market event showcasing the industry’s leading manufacturers to DesignerInc’s growing audience of interior designers. Fall MKT commences 14 September and runs through 30 November. 

DesignerInc MKT emulates the activities and marketing opportunities traditionally offered offline and in-person. Each month of MKT, DesignerInc hosts a virtual Communication Week where we open up the floor to our manufacturers who will be sharing their experiences, updates and information about their newest creations with a special eye toward artisanal craftsmanship, production processes and the inspiration behind their collections. We often feature special, back-of-house facility tours and other unique experiences!

Please join your community during the week of September 15 – 18 for a series of lively discussions with leading manufacturers. Our September lineup features interviews and presentations with leadership from The Rug Company, Currey & Company, Theodore Alexander and Hellman-Chang, including a special tour of Hellman-Chang’s new 32,000 square foot production facility in Georgia with Co-founders Daniel Hellman and Eric Chang!

Register here to save your spot: https://bydesign.designerinc.com/september-communications-week/

We are also expanding our coverage of the Fall Market season by offering DesignerInc MKT for the full, 90-day Spring and Fall seasons. Our vendor partners set up special promotions just as they normally would, and reach designers while they shop online!

Launching concurrent with Fall MKT is our Gilded Circle Loyalty Program – a tech-infused loyalty program created for the new era of design where designers and manufacturers can supercharge productivity in our increasingly tech-enabled industry. Our Gilded Circle VIP Preview for September is Hellman-Chang’s Quick Ship program!

Designers and vendors currently not partnered with DesignerInc are encouraged to register and experience DesignerInc for themselves by visiting www.designerinc.com.

We will continue to work with our vendor partners to help them reach designers online. We believe in the power of design to bring communities together in challenging times, and we encourage feedback from our partners, designers, and the broader trade community on how DesignerInc can support all of you during such a pivotal transition phase for the design trade.

For more information or images, you can reach the DesignerInc team any time via [email protected].

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –DesignerInc is thrilled to announce the launch of the Gilded Circle™ – a tech-infused loyalty program created for the new era of design.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Style Stars. All designers shopping on DesignerInc earn Style Stars™ with every purchase, accruing $25 in Style Stars for every $1000 spent on DesignerInc products. Style Stars are redeemable for credit on future purchases by applying credits at checkout!
  • ShopTalk. Designers and Manufacturers can now elevate their communications in a refreshing, sourcing-focused format via ShopTalk™, a professional networking platform within DesignerInc! The first-of-it’s kind platform allows designers and manufacturers to directly connect with each other. Designers share reveals, announcements and projects, tagging products in the posts while Manufacturers share promotions, events and new introductions, tagging products from their collections. ShopTalk will also feature double Style Star promos, including special incentives for new vendor partners.
  • Tech Tools. Our dynamic technology suite makes everyone’s life easier! Highlights include AI image search, augmented reality options, virtual showrooms, and QR technology all wrapped up in an end-to-end tech platform for the trade, creating a seamless, integrated experience for our Gilded Circle members.
  • Concierge Service. The DesignerInc Concierge is here to support designers and help them fulfill their mission. Our team works alongside the design teams to ensure an ideal experience from start to finish!
  • VIP Previews. See it on DesignerInc first! Online access to special and collection launches and new introductions, co-hosted by our magazine – byDesign.™
  • Gilded Circle Cards. Technology-enabled Gilded Circle cards are issued to all new DesignerInc clients.

The Gilded Circle community of designers and manufacturers have already begun to take advantage of the DesignerInc technology suite to supercharge productivity in our increasingly tech-centered industry.

Designers and vendors not currently partnered with DesignerInc are encouraged to register and experience DesignerInc for themselves by visiting www.designerinc.com.

For more information or images, you can reach the DesignerInc team any time via [email protected]

 

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