Small business, in the form of cottage industry, is booming in Shanghai, leading to creative flea markets springing up at local bars, shops and creative spaces. The vendors range from English teachers who bake in their spare time to working professionals indulging their crafty sides by making jewelry and jams. Then there are the pro designers who have chosen Shanghai as their launching pad due to the access to cheaper fabrics and distribution chain and the lovers of vintage who are bringing a new aesthetic and green outlook to Shanghai fashionistas.
Some enterprising foreigners have seen the holes in the market and jumped on their chance to start something of their own. Many of these vendors have found that selling their wares alongside other creative types at local markets is a great way to participate in the community and spread the buzz about their business. These are some of the people who are providing these services.
Amelia’s | Amelia Heaton-Renshaw
In 2009, when [Amelia](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/delivery/has/amelias-jams/) was “desperate to do something completely different,” she noticed that there was a lack of jams and chutneys, and because she had always grown up with homemade ones at home in England, she took the opportunity to give it a go. After a very positive response from customers, “what started out on a bit of a whim has turned into a full-time job.”
Her most popular varieties are strawberry jam, apricot jam and sweet onion chutney. Her Chinese customers also have a sweet spot for the chestnut spread.
Since she has an organizational role in The Market at Jiashan Market you can count on finding her there, as well as [The Pantry](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/delivery/has/pantry-co-op/) where she is one of five co-owners of the co-operative which includes products from Strictly Cookies, Trenchers, Spread the Bagel and OMG Bakery. Since receiving her QS license, this year Amelia is focusing on growing her empire via contracts with restaurants and hotels.
Cukimber | Kimberly Wong
With hopes of creating a statement jewelry trend in Shanghai, Kim’s mission of developing “collections that balance a bit of cuteness, edginess and color” matches her tagline, “Cute stuff for cute people.”
This season [Cukimber](http://cukimber.com/) has launched a new neutral collection fusing wood and natural materials with her signature brass hardware to create a perfect adornment to your winter and spring wardrobes.
Cukimber is available at Designer’s Corner (which she organizes), at Jiashan Market, DADA Night Market, Shanghai Style Market and the upcoming D.A.F.F. market as well as boutiques such as Hummingbird and [William the Beekeeper](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/shopping/clothing-accessories/has/william-beekeeper/).
Elsie & Elva | Dianne Tate
[Elsie & Elva](http://www.elsie-elva.com/) was born because Dianne was looking for nice soy candles. After a trip to her native Australia, she returned with a box of candle making products and progressed from there to a line of personal care products.
She credits her success to persistence and resilience as well as her support system, as she’s “met some amazing other women along the way doing all types of different business. It’s special and refreshing to be around like-minded people.” She continues because of the response and finds joy in hearing that her candles have helped a customer relax and unwind.
You can find new scented box candles in red, black and clear colors at school bazaars, private house sales and Jiashan Market.
Frau Ana | Ana Sieger
With a background in design and a long-standing interest in fashion, [Ana Sieger](http://www.frau-ana.com/en/index.htm) decided that Shanghai was the perfect place to put her experience to use and share her style with the world. She says it was “the perfect background to kick off a colorful collection—the goal since I started in this industry.”
She loves seeing people wearing her bright designs that gives them a “look of joy” and has recently made the foray into menswear. Her line is available at the Dada Night Market and D.A.F.F. as well as Be.U and [William the Beekeeper](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/shopping/clothing-accessories/has/william-beekeeper/).
The Hat Lab | Marion Rosset
[Marion](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/sh-photo/week/) has always had a love of design, but her focus on hats came from a chance meeting with Brazilian hat designer Ricardo Costa during 2010 Paris Fashion week. After training under Ricardo, theatrical millinery expert Estelle Ramouse and Jean Paul Gaultier’s hat maker Jean-Pierre Tritz, Marion started designing her own hats and returned to Shanghai to start the [Hat Lab](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/style/hat-lab-tops-it/).
Millinery is “a very niche market as they are really overlooked and neglected when it comes to accessorizing an outfit,” Marion says, but she enjoys challenging people to top everyday attire with a smart chapeau. Find her pieces at Jiashan Market as well as the Dada Night Market.