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

STATEN ISLAND, NY – A new market in Tompkinsville is definitely one for the senses. The patrons of the new Staten Island Food and Art Market can indulge in the colors, scents, conversations and tastes presented by the artisans and chefs of the district.

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

The market is open at 20 Cebra Ave., between Victory Boulevard and Castleton Avenue, from 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Organized by photographer Marcie Delapaz and Stapleton café owner Amira Cintron, the collaboration began last weekend. The background music included songs by Kelvin Wallace aka DJ K. Wah! as the crowd filtered through all day.

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DJ K. Wah Entertainment set up at 8pm Cebra for its opening weekend. The DJ is Kelvin Wallace. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

In this inaugural presentation, vendors sold cosmetics, resin artwork, bath products, candles and scented oils. Maria Guzman of SHW Shego’s House of Wax showed handmade crystal jewelry and soy wax figures. Her endeavor began with candles and moved on to bath salts and soy candles, a distinct handiwork with bright colors and intricate details.

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

Gladys Rose Exquisite Botanicals by Liz Baretto offered artfully molded soap puffs squeezed with dried organic flowers.

Barbara Longobardi tried long-lasting creams and makeup as well as magnetic lashes, the latter a hit with visitors this Saturday afternoon.

Adina Roman sported custom checkered candles with photos and resin crafts, the cornerstone of her business, Roman’s Resins.

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

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

Conversations with vendors such as Michelle Swiney McCombs have led to insights into how much COVID-19 has been a source of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs. The New Brighton resident now consults on hairstyles and makeup on an individual basis. He cuts and styles all types of hair in his studio and sells old school brushes, unique oils and a variety of skin care products at the market.

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

And you could eat for the market. Edibles are only offered on weekends. There are a few places to grab a meal. Otherwise food is available to go.

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

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

Mixed between crafts and a local Beezy Beez honey stand were Lullo’s Sugar Rush cupcakes, custom creations by Amanda and January Lullo.

HOPE FOR BIGGER COMMITMENTS

Restaurateur Dorothy Nelson hopes to one day sell from a food truck. For now, catering is testing the waters with pop-up restaurants under the Momma D’s Catering brand. Raves among the tasters included mac ‘n’ cheese, rice with spicy peas, saucy meatballs, and crispy fried wings.

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

“Let’s pray it takes off,” a smiling Delapaz said in the sunlight outside the window.

“They are small steps. We will have an open market. We want to support these suppliers, “Delapaz said. This effort will be called” Small Business Saturdays “and will begin on 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 set up a pop-up business at 20 Cebra Avenue, Tompkinsville. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Cintron explained how both concepts are based on a food collection known as the Smorgasboard founded in Brooklyn. He hopes a new genre of foodie tourists will come to Staten Island to try its varied 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 get the word out about them, “said Cintron who explained that this is a good medium through which fans can 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 Sri Lankan concentration of shops and restaurants. Parking is located along Victory Boulevard. Vendors can contact Delapaz directly at 347-422-4056. The website with updated suppliers is SIFoodAndArtMkt.com.

Here are the images of the market on its inaugural weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spicy rice and peas from Momma D’s Catering at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / 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 11am to 6pm (Staten Island Advance Photo / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scented oils by Michelle Swiney Hair, a private hairdressing 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 places her freshly baked Red Velvet Cookies on a plate on the day of 20 Cebra’s opening for the Staten Island Food and Art Market. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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

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Oils in a canvas package from Michelle Swiney’s product line at the Staten Island Food and Art Market in Tompkinsville. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Adina Roman at her Roman’s Resins with colorful candles, resins and more. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Roman’s Resins by Adina Roman includes cups and knick-knacks for various occasions. (Photo by Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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