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Shop your favorite Miami small businesses from home at this new virtual marketplace

Vecinos Marketplace gives you access to dozens of makers across the city.

By
Virginia Gil
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Remember the experience of browsing a Miami flea market? The thrill of discovering a new artisan or maker? Vecinos Marketplace is helping you tap into that feeling at home. The new virtual market brings together independently owned, Miami-born brands on a single online platform, making it easy to shop all kinds of local designers in one place. Launched during lockdown by business partners and neighbors Rafael Barrera and Yvonne Chen, Vecinos connects small retailers whose digital footprint is limited to nonexistent to conscientious shoppers interested in supporting local.

Not unlike a department store, Vecinos sells items across multiple categories like food and drink, apparel and accessories and homewares. Though every brand must meet the same criteria: locally made, independently owned and community-minded. Some of the items up for grabs include accessories from Earthy Chic Boutique, supplements from wellness shop Kalma and beer subscription boxes curated by Kush restaurants. Vecinos also sells exclusive items not available elsewhere, including a co-branded Taja candle and a forthcoming raw bar box created by chef Jose Mendin and Patagonia Seafood. It’s a growing list with upcoming vendors posted on Vecino’s site right now.

First-time shoppers get 10-percent off their purchase and free delivery on orders of $100 or more for the time being. Find yourself going back for more? Join the Vecinos Rewards program, which gives shoppers two points for every $1 spent to be redeemed in increments of 100. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we were in the middle of checking out.

Vecinos Marketplace
Photograph: Courtesy Atelier Belladonna
Vecinos Marketplace
Photograph: Courtesy Taja Collection

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