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From soul food to cosmetics. Momma D’s meatballs to rock with DJK.Wah! A new market focuses on pop-up food stalls and Staten Island artisans.

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – A new market in Tompkinsville is sure to be one for the senses. Customers at the new Staten Island Food and Arts Market can indulge in the colors, scents, conversations and tastes showcased by the borough’s artisans and cooks.

Dorothy Nelson of Port Richmond hopes to one day have a food truck. In the meantime, she takes her soul food on the road every weekend to the new Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

The market is open at 20 Cebra Ave., between Victory Boulevard and Castleton Avenue, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Organized by photographer Marcie Delapaz and Stapleton cafe owner Amira Cintron, the collaboration kicked off last weekend. Background music included tunes from Kelvin Wallace aka DJ K.Wah! as crowds infiltrated throughout the day.

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DJ K. Wah Entertainment moved to 20 Cebra for its opening weekend. The DJ is Kelvin Wallace. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

At this inaugural presentation, vendors sold cosmetics, resin artwork, bath products, candles and scented oils. Maria Guzman of SHW Shego’s House of Wax exhibited handmade crystal jewelry and soy wax figurines. Her company started with candles and moved on to bath salts and soy candles, a distinct handicraft with vibrant colors and intricate detail.

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SHW’s Maria Guzman at Shego’s House of Wax at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Gladys Rose Exquisite Botanicals by Liz Baretto offered puffs of artfully crafted soaps pressed with dried organic flowers.

Barbara Longobardi sampled long-lasting creams and make-up as well as magnetic eyelashes, the latter of which was a hit with visitors on Saturday afternoon.

Adina Roman showcased personalized plaid candles with photos and resin crafts, the mainstay of her business, Roman’s Resins.

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Adina Roman makes custom candles and resin crafts. She sells at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Barbara Longobardi sells magnetic eyelashes and cosmetics at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Gift ideas and scented treats came from Eviie’s Knickknacks and Jolees Lil Bit of Everything.

Conversations with vendors like Michelle Swiney McCombs shed some light on how inspiring COVID-19 has been for budding entrepreneurs. The New Brighton resident now consults on hair and make-up on an individual basis. She cuts and styles all hair types in her studio, and at the market sells “old-fashioned” brushes, unique oils, and a variety of skincare products.

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Michelle Swiney presents her own line of products at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

And you could eat at your leisure in the market. Edibles are only offered on weekends. There are a few seats to have a meal. Otherwise, food is available to take away.

Co-host Amira Cintron sold cookies from her Van Duzer Street brick-and-mortar Amira’s Cafe ‘n’ Bistro. She offered cups of sorrel, a cranberry juice-like drink sweetened with its own vanilla bean simple syrup.

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Sorrel drink from Amira’s Cafe, a pop-up stand at 20 Cebra. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Interspersed with crafts and a local Beezy Beez honey stand were Lullo’s Sugar Rush cupcakes, custom creations from Amanda and January Lullo.

HOPES FOR GREATER EFFORTS

Caterer Dorothy Nelson hopes to one day sell from a food truck. For now, the caterer is testing the field with pop-up restaurants under the Momma D’s Catering brand. Raves among tasters included mac and cheese, pigeon pea rice, meatballs in sauce and crispy fried wings.

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Momma D’s Catering comfort food includes meatballs. Dorothy Nelson is the home chef behind these dishes. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

“We’re praying it takes off,” a smiling Delapaz said in the sunshine from outside the storefront.

“It’s baby steps. We’re going to an outdoor market. We want to provide support to these suppliers,” Delapaz said. This effort will be called “Small Business Saturdays” and will begin April 2 at 117 Wright Pl., Stapleton, across from First Central Baptist Church in the parking lot.

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Amira Cintron, left, and Marcie Dela Paz hosted a pop-up business at 20 Cebra Avenue, Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Cintron explained how the two concepts are inspired by a collection of dishes known as Smorgasboard established in Brooklyn. She hopes a new breed of foodie tourist will come to Staten Island to experience her own diverse cuisines. And this budding neighborhood market is a start to attracting new audiences from the ferry and beyond.

“We have good restaurants. Sometimes it’s a little hard to spread the word about them,” said Cintron who explained that it’s a good way for fans to be cultivated.

The Staten Island Food and Art Market is located at 20 Cebra Ave. in the heart of Tompkinsville, also known as “Little Lanka,” a nod to the concentration of Sri Lankan shops and restaurants. Parking is along Victory Boulevard. Sellers can contact Delapaz directly at 347-422-4056. The website with updated providers is SIFoodAndArtMkt.com.

Here are images of the market during its inaugural weekend.

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Tending the booth for Jolees Lil Bit of Everything and Lullo’s Sugar Rush at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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– The pop-up market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Jewelry and gifts from SHW’s Maria Guzman at Shego’s House of Wax at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Makeup and long-lasting creams by Barbara Longobardi at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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The candles are made from soy wax, a craft from SHW’s Maria Guzman at Shego’s House of Wax at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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– The pop-up market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. Staten Island Food and Arts Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Amanda and January bake cupcakes for Lullo’s Sugar Rush. The pop-up market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Momma D’s Catering Slow Cooker Chicken Wings, now featured on weekends at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Fried chicken wings from Momma D’s Catering, among Dorothy Nelson’s specialties at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Rice and Pigeon Peas from Momma D’s Catering at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Dorothy Nelson of Momma D’s, a food vendor at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville on weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Mac ‘n’ cheese from Momma D’s Catering at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Food from Momma D’s Catering is listed on the weekend menu at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Flower soaps are custom made by Gladys Rose’s Exquisite Botanicals, Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Cosmetics by Barbara Longobardi showcasing influencer Tori Belle’s cosmetics at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Soaps from Gladys Rose Exquisite Botanicals at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Cookies from Amira’s Cafe, a Stapleton store with a booth at the new Staten Island Food and Arts Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Local Honey Beezy Beez at the Popup Market at 20 Van Duzer includes food, candles, jewelry, magnetic eyelashes, cosmetics and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Michelle Swiney sells bath products and private label products. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Fragrance oils from Michelle Swiney Hair, a private hair and cosmetics studio that has a booth at 20 Cebra Ave. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Amira Cintron arranges her freshly baked Red Velvet cookies on a plate during the opening day of 20 Cebra for the Staten Island Food and Art Market. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Brushes by Michelle Swiney Hair. Michelle Swiney is a brand ambassador for Olivia Garden International who has a private hair salon for all hair types in New Brighton. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Oils in a burlap wrapper from Michelle Swiney’s produce line at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Adina Roman at her Roman resins with colored candles, resins and more. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Adina Roman resins include cups and trinkets for various occasions. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri