We love our markets: Jo Coote
This Love Your Local Market fortnight, from 17-23 May, we are highlight some of our fabulous street traders. Now it’s Jo’s turn.
Jo’s card stall in Chapel Market was 50 last year, “even though I’m only 40,” she laughs.
It was set up by her dad in 1968. Being a market trader runs in Jo’s family.
“My dad’s parents and grandparents always had fruit and veg stalls,” she says. “Chapel Market then was awash with fruit and veg stalls. So he didn’t want to go into that, competing with family members, so he started selling odd china and stuff like that. Then he got offered a parcel of cards from someone who was either retiring or going bankrupt, and his dad said “that will never work!”
Jo and her dad were voted Islington’s Market Traders of the Year 2018 for friendly service and great card selection. Jo admits she even dreams about cards. “Yes – especially Christmas cards, seeing as I have to pick my Christmas stock on Monday! I’m constantly thinking about it, unfortunately.
“The thing I like most about Chapel Market is the people, both the stallholders and the customers, everyone around. Most people are happy and cheerful. It’s a lovely place to work,” she says.
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Love Your Local Market 2019 is taking place from 17-23 May with the theme ‘markets close to your heart’.