What is La Paloma?

La Paloma is an outdoor "street market" dedicated to serving historically excluded and marginalized community members while always welcoming allies. Inspired by the gritty beauty of Tacoma, La Paloma (the pigeon), embodies the industrious, entrepreneurial spirit of our not-so-little city. It is our mission to not only provide quality shopping experiences for the community to enjoy, but to uplift, inspire, and promote the unique and hardworking artisans, upcyclers, thrifters, pickers, collectors, hoarders, zero wasters, sustainable handmakers, gardeners, farmers, food vendors and creative small-business owners that call the Pacific Northwest home.

We operate in the Proctor district of Tacoma across the street from the Proctor Farmer's Market, nestled in by the Post Office on North 27th Street & Proctor. Our season operates June through September.

Who We Are

As a long time champion for artists and small-businesses, creating La Paloma Marketplace has been a dream come true. Being Indigenous myself, I have had the opportunity to participate in many cultural celebrations and practices and I am committed to having a strict policy disallowing any cultural appropriation in our market. Helping entrepreneurs develop successful businesses is my passion... and being able to provide steady, accessible, and unique sales venues for blooming business owners is just the beginning! Our market provides education on practices that are inclusive & appropriate in a time when activism is so well received in our city! I adore Tacoma, and it's variety of neighborhoods. It's my commitment to provide accessibility to all by offering space free of charge to all vendors to bring the creative community. I can't wait to meet you all this summer!

Peace to all,

Molly Alvarado

La Paloma Marketplace Founder and Executive Director