December 12, 2019

Essential pendants finds success with Enactus and market at the mount

In its sixth year, Market at the Mount welcomed over 1,400 customers and helped over 75 local vendors generate $23,000 in combined sales.

With its minimal vendor fee, ideal location, and consistent high attendance, Mount Mercy’s Enactus club serves as a catalyst in connecting local vendors to area consumers.

For Maree Bean and her business, Market at the Mount is one of their most profitable shows. “The Enactus club has been an important factor in the growth of our family business,” said Maree, founder of Essential Pendants, located on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids. Maree started Essential Pendants after she found success in using essential oils to combat her symptoms of Lyme disease.

Maree and her aunt design, sculpt, hand paint, and kiln-fire all the oil diffuser jewelry. They sell their jewelry at vendor shows and on their website. As a seasoned vendor of Market at the Mount, Essential Pendants also presented at Enactus’ vendor workshop to give customer service, advertising, sales, and display tips to other vendors. “Enactus has amazed us with their excellent, out-of-thebox ideas that help local vendors move their businesses forward,” said Maree.