WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Friday the Women Empowered Market kicked off its spring market showcasing dozens of local women-owned businesses right in the middle of international women’s month. 

Whether you're browsing, shopping, or just coming out to support - there's a lot to see and buy at the Woman Empowered Market. going on near downtown Wichita.

"There's soaps and I got to get to the leather goods and the jewelry,” said Gail Foley, who was shopping for jam. 

Foley said she came out to support some of her friends, but she usually ends up picking out a thing or two herself.

"If they're not aware, this is the time to come out and see what these women are doing. Because they're out and about. They're making things happen. They're always adding to what they're doing. They're just not content to stay in this lane. They're like, we can do more. Let's make it happen. So they do,” said Foley. 

And she said the pandemic impacted so many small businesses in the last few years, it's more important than ever to go out and support local.

"I mean, how are we going to keep our community going if we don't shop and support these,” said Foley. 

The market is made up of only women owned businesses selling local and global handmade art and goods.

One of the vendors, Christina Maloney, says she's hoping for a big turnout.

"I think it's been really tough with the pandemic, what's made it a lot easier is social media. And then also, just as we've been able to do more markets, it's been able to keep us going and kind of keeping me on my feet,” said Christina Maloney. 

Katy Penner is one of the people who first started the market four years ago - she owns Allegoria Fair-Trade and sells baskets, kitchen towels, home decor and more.

"Really empowering women is helping their families and communities. So it's empowering all people,” said Penner. 

But said these local businesses wouldn't be here without the support of the community.

Penner said, "It's really been wonderful to see how the community has dug in more to supporting local and fair, and, um, businesses owned by people who maybe didn't previously get attention."

This event is free to attend and is located at the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County where you can also make a donation as you come in the door to help families in crisis. 

For more information visit on the Women Empowered Market click here.