This Leland pop-up market hopes to showcase Brunswick small businesses

Hanah Lopes
Before launching Mothershippers Market, Leland clothes retailer Ana Dee showed her AlienOutfitter products at pop-up markets in Wilmington.

In the past few years, development in northern Brunswick County has exploded, drawing in big businesses hoping to supply the growing consumer demands. Now, one small business owner wants to ensure Leland mom-and-pop shops can carve out a niche of their own.

Since opening her own women’s clothing warehouse in Leland two years ago, Anna Dee has seen how difficult it can be for a small business just to survive.

“I think during the pandemic small businesses, just like everyone, are going through tough times with the cost of goods going up,” Dee said.”I know it’s a struggle for a lot of businesses out there.”

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Dee said one of the biggest challenges for small businesses in Leland is getting the public to know they’re out there and carving space amid all the big-box retail development and national chains coming to the area. That’s why she’s using her facility’s parking lot to start a monthly small business and vendor pop-up marketplace, which she hopes will highlight the talent in town.

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