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(PHOTOS) Rescued pups, Kenyan coffee and wildlife photography captivate attendees at the Spring Cheyenne Small Business Market

A 3-month-old rescued dog with Yola's Pet Rescue sits inside a pen Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. The puppies were rescued from a litter on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than 90 local businesses set up shop Saturday inside the Ice & Events Center for the annual Spring Cheyenne Small Business Market. Attendees had a chance to meet and adopt 3-month-old rescue dogs, too.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., vendors sold a variety of handcrafted merchandise such as home décor, sweet treats, soap and skin care products and photographs. Roughly 1,200 people attended the event, according to marketing manager Andrea Tompkins with Simplicity 307 Vendor & Event.

Attendees also had a chance to mingle with 12 puppies with Yola’s Pet Rescue. The organization has rescued more than 2,000 animals since its founding in 2017, according to founder and president Janet Marschner. Marschner and her organization primarily retrieve stray or abandoned animals on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.

Many vendors produce artwork or merchandise in their spare time. For the past eight years, Kirk Shepherd of Laramie has been honing his picture-taking skills during his retirement. He runs a personal photography business, Moonlit Sage Photography, and specializes in outdoor photography. Shepherd’s work has appeared in Wyoming Wildlife Magazine and JH Style Magazine. The tenets of getting a solid photo are patience, persistence and a little luck, he said.

Vendors from outside Wyoming appeared at the Cheyenne market as well. Jacob Keega with Imani Kenya Specialty Coffee roasts his coffee in Nebraska. Keega owns a farm in Kenya where he grows coffee beans. He exports the beans to Nebraska, where he roasts and sells his coffee, and he uses the money he makes through his business to support children’s education in Kenya. Imani Kenya sells light, medium and dark roast coffee infused with hints of citrus and berry.

Simplicity 307 is set to host more local business markets in the near future. Vendors will set up shop at the fifth annual Glow in the Dark Dodgeball event Saturday, April 6 at the Event Center at Archer. The tournament is being held in coordination with the Laramie County Coroner’s Office. Proceeds from the event will support the office’s Grief Support Group, a community-based volunteer group that works with families to provide emotional support and consulting services, according to Laramie County Events.

From left: Dublin, Ella and Eboni with the local Wyoming Girl Scout’s chapter stand at their cookie booth Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Graded sports cards from The Graded Card Guy are on display Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Rescued puppies with Yola’s Pet Rescue roughhouse with one another Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Cake pops made by Cheyenne-based cake designer Kassi Bertogli are on display Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. Bertogli is the owner of Stick It Cakes and rolls the pops herself by hand. The confections are created from a chocolate or vanilla base, Bertogli said. Those who are interested in reaching out to Bertogli can contact her at her Facebook page, Stick It Cakes By Kassi. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Pearls from Aquarius Luxuries are held inside a glass slit Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. The pearls are contained within a pendant that people can wear as a necklace, according to business co-owner Andrea Tompkins. Aquarius Luxuries also offers a variety of other jewelry products. Customers can contact Tompkins at her Facebook page, Aquarius Soap & Luxuries. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Four-year-old Dawson gets his face painted Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. Members of South High School’s Art Club provided face painting to children during the event. Dawson was receiving a zebra painting. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Crocheted animals from Ladybug Toyshop sit on a table Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. Shop owner Christine Perryman produces and sells her products out of her home. Smaller creations can take her as little as 30 minutes to complete, while larger ones may require five hours to finish. Consumers can check out Perryman’s products at www.ladybugtoyshop.com. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Wildlife photos from Moonlit Sage Photography are on display Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. Kirk Shepherd has been taking photos of Wyoming landscapes for the past eight years. He said he has taken on “the challenge of capturing the perfect photo.” (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Bags of coffee from Nebraska-based roasting company Imani Kenya Specialty Coffee are shown Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. Bean grower and roaster Jacob Keega grows his coffee beans on his farm in Kenya and creates the coffee in Nebraska. Keega uses the money he earns to support children’s education in his native country. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Baby quilts from Jan’s Home Shoppe hang from a table Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. Jan Halle has been doing embroidery and needlework for over 40 years. She creates dish towels, bibs and pillow cases to sell at craft shows. Anyone interested in contacting Halle regarding her products can call her at 307-778-8718. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Local Wyoming honey from Horse Creek Honey is on display Saturday, March 30 at the Cheyenne Small Business Market at the Ice & Events Center. The company currently has 22 different products with honey flavors such as vanilla, cinnamon and seasonal lemon, according to owner Lara Taylor. Anyone interested in Taylor’s products can check out her online site at www.tbeespollination.com. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

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