We’ve had a hard couple of years. Getting out and supporting local businesses is crucial to our economy. And it’s also wonderful for your mental health! The ASHHO Cultural Community and Job Training Center is holding the first annual Cultural Community Bazaar in Tumwater on February 5. There will be three more bazaars happening March 5, April 2 and May 7.

Olympia Federal Savings LogoASHHO means “Come join” in the Bengali language from Bangleadesh where the center’s founders, Khurshida Begum and Rubel Mina are from. The word aligns with their mission:

  • Advocate for survivors, communities of color, under-served, marginalized people.
  • Serve our communities with kindness, compassion and professional services
  • Honor Humanity in all that we do because all people matter
  • Organize community resources, education, gatherings, trainings & events.

At this year’s Cultural Community Bazaar in Tumwater, enjoy food and shopping at over 33 vendors highlight ethnic and diverse products from African jewelry and Polynesian fashion, to candles and fashion dresses. Many of the shops are owned by local minorities. Need a last-minute gift for someone? Check out soaps, oils, teas, fancy jewelry and more that make a great item for anyone. Or indulge in some self-care spoiling with fitness wear, hats, purses, dresses and more!

Be sure to come hungry, the Cultural Community Bazaar will have a wide variety of ethnic food to purchase and enjoy. The air will be filled with spices and your stomach is sure to growl as you take in the aroma of lentil soup, naan, curry bowls, cucumber salad and more. Be sure to save room for desserts, there will be many delicious delectables to satisfy your sweet tooth.

“The event is free,” says Talia Manu-Pati, Cultural Center Bazaar event planner and community connector. “We will have music, tons of vendors, food, desserts. It’s perfect for whole family! Come have a blast meeting and connecting with many local entrepreneurs!”

Also happening on February 5, is the Walk with Erin Jones from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the bazaar. The walk is a way to connect with community members, learn about ASHHO and how to feel safe in our communities.

The Cultural Community Bazaar is happening February 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5757 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. For more information visit the ASHHO website.

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