The Ujamaa Marketplace is a vibrant shopping destination for locals and visitors in our region, providing a unique outdoor shopping experience in a bustling community setting. This marketplace destination provides a wide range of quality goods including distinctive arts and crafts, cultural items, natural body care products, handmade jewelry, custom clothing:
- Hand-made Jewelry
- Natural Body Care Products
- Aromatherapy Items
- Home Decor
- Crafting Items
- Clothing and Accesories
- Handmade Drums
- Fine Art
- Fair-trade international artisan goods
- a Farmer's Market
- International, organic, vegan and vegetarian cuisine
- And so much more!
The objective is to nurture this space over time to meet a multitude of needs such as access to fresh produce and more prepared healthy foods. Summer Delights, our arts and entertainment program, is presented in the marketplace to provide community ambiance and an engaging atmosphere in the Centre Avenue Corridor.
Since 2008, Ujamaa Collective has worked towards our vision of forming a cooperative network of sisters engaged in business who collectively work to provide economically vibrant and sustainable communities for people of African descent. The Marketplace offers a cooperative marketing strategy for small business vendors, as well as the opportunity for “brick and mortar” enterprises to engage their clientele in a community-oriented space.
Objectives of the Marketplace
- Governed cooperatively by Ujamaa women with a sincere interest in local economics
- Provides a safe and healthy inter-generational community space for Hill District residents, as well as other citizens of Pittsburgh and regional visitors
- Provides a fair and consistent market for vendors to reach customers and clients, with product guidelines for safety and health
- Provides a central destination in the Historic Hill District that supports the existing economic and community development surrounding the Centre Avenue Corridor
- Promotes public health by reducing isolation and community depression, as well as greening activities and urban agricultural projects
- Creates a regional model of environmental justice: offering a colorful open-air shopping destination where brown lots once stood, providing quality products created locally and primarily supporting the efforts of African American women artists, producers, and manufacturers
Ujamaa Collective's Open-Air Market Place has been in existence since 2010, poised to become a regional destination for visitors and locals alike. From April through October, the family oriented, cultural events bring together over 1,500 community residents to share organic produce, handmade crafts, various arts, education, music, dance and healthy, nourishing food choices.