New markets thanks to Winston Hills designer

BEING told "no" was not an option for fashion designer Sally Issa.

Like many newcomers, the Winston Hills designer struggled to find an outlet for her clothes.

But rather than accept failure, the 21-year-old decided an opportunity existed to open her own market in Parramatta.

She approached Parramatta Council, which has approved her plans.

Miss Issa said she wants the 'Lovers Markets' to be every Sunday and have up to 150 stalls selling fashion, home decor, stationery, food, art, antiques, beauty products, vintage things, music and other creative enterprises.

Her goal is to showcase the talents of emerging and established artists, designers and creative people.

"I found there wasn't a platform to showcase products in the west," Miss Issa said.

"I decided to put it together so locals could have a place where they could go on the weekend as well as a platform for artists to sell their products.

"The whole idea is to help local businesses to shine and become recognised."

Henna artist Hura Sirguroh is one artist who has signed up for the prospective markets, hoping to promote her business, Hura Henna Painting.

"I'm really looking forward to the markets," Ms Sirguroh said. "If I go to the market people will be able to see my work and hopefully I will get more business."

Miss Issa hopes to open the markets in the new couple of months near the Parramatta CBD.

If you want a stall email: sally@loversmarkets.

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