BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Market on Main, a new business on West Main Street, held its soft open on February 5. A grand opening event will take place in the coming months.
Over 30 vendors were handpicked by the co-owners to collectively display and sell their small business products. Art, carpentry, clothing, candles, jewelry, plants, etc. are all under one roof, and more and more sellers will add their products.
Some vendors teach classes for the community, such as candle making and oil painting.
The co-owners hope to provide the community with a gathering place where they can support multiple small business owners at once.
“Come shopping here, support the little ones, support the locals, it can be kind of a one stop shop, you can get groceries here, you can get different household items here, like it’s not so much as a where you come to shop for a special occasion,” said Perris Reed, co-owner of Market on Main.
There will be an organic grocery store available with produce from Reed’s garden, and other local organic producers. She hopes to one day serve farm-to-table breakfast and lunch to a small number of guests.
“One thing I say to our manufacturers when people come in and have a chance to meet them, and see the faces and the families that are behind this product, and you know who their buying from, who it’s supporting, and hearing The stories about you know why people started doing it, why Stephanie started making soap, I think all of those stories are interesting,” said Leslie Toothman, co-owner of Market on Main.
Toothman opened his own small business, Roaming Roots, just down the street from Market on Main, and his plants are now sold from the new building along with the other small local vendors.