Christmas Marketplace Draws Participation from Entrepreneurial Alumni and Current Students
On November 5, Westminster Christian School hosted its annual Christmas Marketplace. Many Warrior families and local community members enjoyed shopping from a variety of vendors offering jewelry, clothing for children and adults, accessories, home decor, skin care and cosmetics, WCS spirit items, and so much more. This year, the Marketplace drew participation from a number of entrepreneurial alumni and current students.
Anais Pozo graduated from Westminster in 2017 and has since created an online women's boutique called Nisea. Pozo presented a beautiful collection of clothing, jewelry and swimwear at the Marketplace for all shoppers to enjoy. Gabriella Montells '15 was also present with her successful, eco-friendly, sustainably-made swimwear line, Swim'ing.
Patrick Wennin '12, who recently returned from Spain after working as the offensive coordinator for the Barcelona Dragons, presented pieces from his athletic apparel line called St1ck which offers single-leg tights, hybrid shorts and more. Dacia Wiegandt, both an alumni and current parent of three Westminster students, participated in the Marketplace with a display from Mary Kay, a business she has had much success in over the years.
"It's great to have so many of our Warriors back on campus showcasing their businesses. The Christmas Marketplace is a wonderful annual event that benefits both the school and our local entrepreneurs. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come and to continue drawing support from our alumni," said Amy Williams, associate director of advancement and donor engagement.
Current Westminster students also took advantage of the Marketplace to show off their entrepreneurial skills. Bridget Seagren '23 drew the attention of many Warriors with her handmade swimwear line, ONLY Bridget. Seagren began the business in 2020 and also sells beachwear and jewelry.
“As an entrepreneurial family, there are few things that we value more than raw grit; seeing Bridget take the initiative to learn how to sew during quarantine, create a brand, and then execute that at all levels – from product design, sourcing, production, costing, marketing, and selling - you probably aren’t going to read a book that will teach you how to swim and that is the education she is providing herself with this experience," said Seagren's parents, Dag and Angie. "The learning is in the ‘doing’."
Emma Zakka '23 runs a business with her brother and Westminster alumni, Samel Zakka '16. Together they led a display for The Kneady Dough, a cookie company that will have any customer "kneading" more.
Westminster Christian School would also like to thank all of the teachers, parents and outside vendors that participated and made this year's Marketplace one to remember.