Portobello Spring Market


10 year old Andrea is sitting with her Mother behind a booth at Portobello Market. In front of them are colourful coasters: Marilyn Monroe, Superman, Batman, cool cats.

“That’s nice you’re out helping your Mum.”

“Actually,” Mum pipes up, “it’s her business!”

West Coast Coaster is 10 year old Andrea’s artisanal venture. Mum will help out here and there but, for the most part, these are the results of Andrea’s designs and hands-on assembly.

“Do you enjoy going to markets?”

“Yes! This is our first for the season.”


You can find Andrea’s West Coast Coasters and the work of other local artisans this weekend at Portobello West’s Spring Market at Olympic Village. Each year, Portobello offers their Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday Markets with creators and food trucks who have applied for acceptance.

Along with the Superman coasters, some of the other wares that caught our attention…

the lemon squarecalm necklacesG and T Designwhipped sugar scrubglass

If you can’t make the Spring market, Portobello Summer starts on May 28th.

Written by Elizabeth Newton




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