Beth Whitley Duke is executive director of Center City of Amarillo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to downtown revitalization. She joined Center City in 2005 after retiring from the Amarillo Globe-News where she was city editor.
She is active in community organizations including Amarillo West Rotary Club, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Advisory Committee and Junior League of Amarillo. She is a past board member for the Amarillo College Foundation, Amarillo Area Foundation, High Plains Food Bank, Opportunity School and the YMCA.
Center City is proud to be the home of the Amarillo Community Market. Center City’s mission is to make downtown a destination neighborhood that bridges the past and the future. The Amarillo Community Market meets Center City’s mission to bring more people downtown of all generations to enjoy our historic surroundings and to encourage local entrepreneurs for the future.
My name is Tammy Perkins, and I am Market Manager for the Amarillo Community Market. I began volunteering in 2016 because I fell in love with what was happening in downtown Amarillo. I'm a flower child of the '70's, so I was excited to see an outdoor market that brought back memories of art festivals and a community of people coming to hang out together and to share a part of themselves with others.
I am a devoted wife, mother of five amazing grown kids, grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren, and best friends of two great dogs. I live to create: by painting on canvas, cooking in the kitchen, making my famous Tammy's Toffee, collecting books, dishes, decorating, traveling, shopping, serving others, and making memories and masterpieces with my grandchildren. I have a degree in psychology and a degree in encouraging others. Market managing fits me perfectly. There is nothing more I would rather be doing on Saturdays than hanging out with the people of Amarillo.
The market is my family. It's something wonderful and exciting for our city. Nestled under the trees, you'll find all types of creatives from local musicians and yoga demonstrations to amazing vendors who have created or grown almost anything you could possibly want. For me, it's about making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. Amarillo has this wonderful thing happening on Saturdays that I just could not help but to be a part of.