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Published 26th Oct 2017

first dundas youth market is saturday 4th november

Handmade jewellery, hot takeaway food, cakes, bespoke photoframes, mobile phone covers and accessories, ladies fashion and fantasy alternative arts will all be on sale at Middlesbrough’s First Youth Market at the Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor Market on Saturday 4 November from 10am to 4pm.

Run in conjunction with Middlesbrough College, the aim of the Dundas Youth Market is to encourage young people, between the ages of 16 and 25, to try their hand at trading for a day in a safe and supported environment, to see if they would consider it as a career.

The stallholders range from experienced entrepreneurs with their own businesses to first time traders trying out a new idea.

Abraar Mahfooz and Sam Green are both experienced traders. 22-year-old Abraar trades on line as iGenius Mobile and at the Youth Market he will be selling mobile phone cases and accessories. He started his business in 2011 selling phone cases to friends and has expanded since then to fixing and customising phones. IGenius is on Instagram at

Sam had his first taste of business success at the age of 11, running a lemonade and cake stall at Captain Cook Primary School in Middlesbrough. Now aged 20, he has had a number of businesses, and presently concentrates on Caught Red Handed, a business selling custom designed photo framed gifts on line. He will have the latest range on sale at the Youth Market. Sam’s website is

Ritah Pasirayi, 23-year-old owner of Cuisine Queen Catering, is running her own catering business for special occasions, while completing her training as a professional chef at Stockton Riverside College where she is studying Level 3 in Professional Cookery. Ritah specialises in multi-cultural foods and at the Youth Market will be serving Jerk Chicken, Jollof Rice, Egg-fried Rice, Beef & Black Bean Sauce, Sweet Chilli Chicken and Stir-fried noodles. She plans to open her own establishment in the future and, if successful have branches across the North East of England.

Malandra Hale, 23, is a first time trader, selling cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and brownies under the name of HD Treats. Malandra has been keen to try out a market stall, and thought that the Youth Market was the perfect opportunity to see if she would like to do more.

Yasmin Varley sells personalised jewellery, baubles, memory boxes, book folds and personalised frames on line. Aged 23, she would like to open her own jewellery and craft store in the future, with the Youth Market being a potential stepping stone to this goal. Yasmin’s Facebook page is

“We really would like to see our first Youth Market well supported by young people and the general public,” says Dundas Market Manager David Harris.

“Dundas Market is the acknowledged home of the entrepreneur in Middlesbrough, with many new businesses choosing to open here in the last three months. It’s a busy, lively and exciting market which is growing fast, and we are very much looking forward to staging our first Youth Market.”

Part of the Dundas Shopping Centre, Dundas Market is the only indoor market in Middlesbrough.

Open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, it has more than 20 welcoming market stalls, including the award-winning Brickyard Bakery, Sweet Corner, Jean’s Kitchen and Danny’s Family Butchers, selling everything from handbags to gladrags, furniture to fizzbombs, make ups to vapes, candles to mirrors, babywear to bhajis and low fat Chicken Shawarmas, as well as mobile phone and tablet repairs.

In addition to the Youth Market, Dundas Shopping Centre holds monthly Food and Craft, and Vintage and Handmade Markets, along with other many events.

Car parking is available in the 178-space Dundas Shopping Centre basement car park, accessed off Wilson Street.

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