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Voodoo Child & Willie White

Enjoying the music, Willie White dances while Voodoo Child plays at the corner of Main and Hampton Street. Voodoo Child appeared every Saturday at the Soda City Market and had been a DJ since the age of 15. “It’s just in my DNA, if I didn’t DJ I’d probably produce or be making music,” Child said.

Photographer: Emma Wright
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Rolling on the ground as the dogs jump Sarah and Harrison Hollingsworth laugh with joy on the sidewalk. At home they have a Great Dane but S. Hollingsworth enjoys the small dogs over big dogs because they are easier to play with. “I love dogs…I have a Great Dane at home,” S. Hollingsworth said.

 

Sarah and Harrison Hollingsworth

Photographer: Emma Wright
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Bozenka Ndubuisi

Stringing the viola, nine year old Bozenka Ndubuisi plays in the middle of Main Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Ndubuisi started playing the viola at age six and plays in the market to raise money for her music lessons. "The best part is the songs... I love how they sound when you play, I think it’s fun,” Ndubuisi said.

Photographer: Emma Wright
 

Adam Kane, Laura Ybarra & Penelope Kane-Ybarra

 

Looking for food, Laura Ybarra and husband Adam Kane with their daughter, Penelope at the Soda City Market in Columbia, South Carolina. The couple has grown up coming to the festival and attended their first day back today with their daughter. “We came here with her once or twice when she was an infant, she was tiny and strapped to me. She hasn’t been anywhere like this since COVID started but with rates dropping, we were excited to come back,” Ybarra said.

Photographer: Emma Wright
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Carla Davis

Grinning from ear to ear, co-owner Carla Davis informs customers of what each crystal’s purpose is. Davis opened Infinite Treasures in 1995 and has been in operation since. “I started in 1995 tigers eye when I heard it was protective I was blown away, I knew I loved stones but I didn’t know they had healing properties and that’s what started my journey when I was in college,” Davis said.

Photographer: Sierra Karner
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Ellen Carter

Flipping through the selection, Ellen Carter grabs a record as she talks to the owner of the shop. Carter grew up performing ballet and enjoys listening to classical music records. “I listen to a lot of pop, but I like classical music,” Carter said.

Photographer: Sierra Karner
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Olatunji & Thomas Mosley 

Slapping the drum, Olatunji Moussa Mosley and father Thomas Mosley play in the median of Main Street. Mosley has played the drums since age two. “This was the first time I even drummed down here in Soda City. A lot of people are nervous because during slavery we weren’t allowed to play the drums because that was how we communicated with each other,” O. Mosley said.

Photographer: Sierra Karner
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Dancing on the sidewalk to live music, siblings Blake and Hailee Geddings sway away. The siblings attend the market often and usually go with their grandmother. “We like to dance a lot, if I hear music I like to dance to it. I like good energy music when it gets going really fast, it's just a lot of fun,” Geddings said.

Blake & Hailee 
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Photographer: Sierra Karner
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Finishing a transaction, Gwyn Evans and Sadie Blackwell train in hopes of working for the owner of From Scratch, Crystal Blackwell. C. Blackwell started the business nine years ago and originally wanted to support her family. “They will take over the marketing side of the business, but I’ll still do all the baking. I just love coming out here to see all the people,” C. Blackwell said.

Gwynn Evans, Sadie & Crystal Blackwell