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Talking, Praying and  Educating; An inspiring story of passion.

Talking, Praying and Educating; An inspiring story of passion.


These three empowering modes of responding to a call of action describe the support and aims of their ministry. Prefaced by the work of their daughter, Glenda, John and Doris McVay are the passionate stewards of Beauty for Ashes Florida. Beauty for Ashes Nepal, founded by their daughter, is an organization working to empower survivors of human trafficking and women who may be at risk of trafficking by fostering an environment that reflects the power of community, independence and faith. The McVays pursue their own chapter here in Florida selling handmade goods such as: earrings, items from recycled saris, necklaces and more from the women at Beauty for Ashes Nepal.
Inspired by their daughter, who they describe as, “A smiler, a laugher and a lover of the Lord”, the McVays have continued to speak out against human trafficking in their own backyard by educating people of all ages about the signs of trafficking with a special focus on educating the youth. They deeply understand the plaguing issue of human trafficking, the ways in which it manifests, and the ways in which it can be reduced.

They share, “Trafficking is growing larger than the drug industry because there is even more money involved in it.” Doris McVay goes on to explain the quick nature of trafficking and how widespread the harm extends. Their mission is to inform others of these travesties in order to incite change amongst individuals. The specifics are mentioned above because it is exercising the want and the pressing need the McVays advocate for in the journey to end human trafficking. The pressing need is the knowledge of the issue. They yearn to spread awareness and so they go out and educate others about the problem. They are a walking example of proactivity.
John McVay mentions the impact of his father’s work as a labor leader when John was growing up; the work of organizing meetings to address poverty and other tasks at hand have resonated with him. Doris mentions her withstanding passion, “I just like to help people” along with examples of driving around town with an extra breakfast sandwich looking for someone on the streets in need and buying candies for the toll-takers just to brighten their days. These professions of kindness have transferred to their five children and they hope that things will carry on to their grandchildren as they grow up. Family is a way of uplifting others; to connect hands and hearts to one another promotes the stability of hope and the promise of empowerment which leads then to the continued alleviation of suffering.
In Nepal, Glenda uses the model of family to construct many of the activities that occur at Beauty for Ashes which include (but are not limited to): daily morning prayer practices, lunches with all the staff members and education sponsors for many of the children of women working at Ashes for Beauty. The McVays explain the aspect of family at the markets they have been participating in for almost three years by describing the interest other vendors take in their story.

Talking is what they want; talking promotes the spread of knowledge and the spread of care for a cause.

Here Come the Holidays!

Here Come the Holidays!

Merry Christmas Florida

Are you ready?  It is almost that time of year…

We have all of your holiday must haves at the Beach Markets!

From great, gourmet foods and local produce to fine handmade arts and crafts, you’ll be able to stock your pantry, table and those stockings with LOCAL items made with love by our awesome Vendors!

Open Wednesdays from 9am-2pm: The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market

Madeira Way between the Tom Stuart Causeway and Gulf Boulevard in Madeira Beach.

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Open Sundays from 9am-1pm:  The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market

19305 Gulf Blvd on the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Building in Indian Shores.

Family and pet friendly, beach close, free!

We’re LOCAL and proud of it!

We're LOCAL!

Summer Has Begun

Summer Has Begun

Start Your Summer Off Right

Bring the Kids out to the Beach and Then Come on Over and See Us

Snow Cones , Food Trucks, Fresh Produce , Crafts, And Much More

Every Wednesday Through July , 9am to 2pm

Great Family Fun

Archibald Park Right Across The Street on

Beautiful Madeira Beach

We Are On Madeira Way , Between Gulf Blvd and Tom Stuart Cswy

You Will Be Glad You Came Out

Come on Out and See Us , At The Beach Markets
Come on Out and See Us , At The Beach Markets
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Find More Information on http://www.thebeachmarkets.com

Photo Credits

McSwampy Nature Photography and Crafts

Summer Hours for the Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market

Summer Hours for the Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market

Just a quick reminder:  Our Summer hours of 8AM-1PM start this Wednesday, June 4 and run through the end of September.  Hooray!  Come on out and play with us a little earlier and beat the afternoon heat. More than 50 great Vendors with everything from gourmet foods to fine art and local produce. Live music, family and pet friendly, free and beach close!

The Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market
The Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market

We’ll resume regular hours of 9am-2pm in October.  And yes, we’ll be having our Official GRAND OPENING Celebration on October 1!

Here we GROW! Our New Market Debuts on May 7!

Here we GROW! Our New Market Debuts on May 7!

Madeira Beach LOGO
Logo by Marlena Yates

Hello and Happy Thursday Everyone!  It is officially less than two weeks before

the Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market debuts!

We have a stellar line up of Vendors joining us–

Everything from local produce to great eats, fine arts to live music. 

And we’d love to have you join us!

~Official Opening Day:  Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  9am – 2pm~

Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd and the Tom Stuart Causeway.

We’re Family and Pet Friendly.  Beach close.  Free parking. Come out and play with us!

Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market to Open in 16 Days!

Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market to Open in 16 Days!


Photos courtesy of L Garrison
Photos courtesy of L Garrison


Happy Monday, Everyone!

The countdown to our Grand Opening at the new Market has begun!

~The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market will debut on May 7 at 9am~

We’ll be located on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway/150th.

Yes, we’ll be closing the street and yes, we’re rolling in with 80 Vendors.

We’ll have everything from local produce to fine art, lots of great things to eat, community resource specialists and specialty items Vendors.  And we’re very proud to have some of the finest (and friendliest!) Vendors in all of Tampa Bay.

Family friendly, pet friendly, free.  Lots of parking all around the Market, too.

AND!  The beach is right across the street!!