Mac's Public Market looking for new home
It will be setting up shop at a new location, yet to be determined. “We hope to announce the new site within the coming weeks,” Thorson said.
She anticipates making the move in three to six months. That period coincides with the market’s slow season, as business typically slacks off during the summer months, then begins to pick back up in the fall.
Thorson is looking for a venue with good infrastructure, exposure and street parking. “Our goal is very much to stay involved with the community, and in good proximity,” she said.
In the meantime, business continues as usual.
That includes this year’s La Casa Verde event, set to run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, with a winemaker’s dinner and green achievement awards following from 5 to 7 p.m. Designed as a daylong celebration of community and sustainability, the event will feature a vendor fair, children’s activities, live music and chicken-tractor racing.
Kelly McDonald, managing partner of the Granary District, said he had received written notice from Thorson of her intent to move.
“We honor and respect Shannon’s decision, and will continue to support her and the market vendors in their new location,” he said. “Shannon has been instrumental in helping us to create a place people are talking about and enjoying. We wish her the best.”
McDonald said he and his partners in the Granary District venture were just beginning to consider new uses for the 8,000-square-foot building housing the market — a former Copeland Lumber warehouse spared from demolition three years ago and repurposed. “I’m sure it will be a multi-use,” he said.
Thorson, who also owns and operates an interior design business called Ugly Duckling Design, worked with Cellar Ridge Custom Homes in developing a new look for the space.
The Granary District has received both regional and national attention for its unique style and vibe. The partners continue to be excited about the district’s future, and its value as a community asset, McDonald said.
Thorson said the Public Market also has bright prospects as it contemplates relocation to stand on its own.
The market began as a Saturday-only venture, but has been moving increasingly into multi-day operation. Thorson said that would continue in the new location, as she and her partners have made a commitment to “maintain our vision to become a multi-day venue.”
“Our 50-plus vendors look forward to an exciting future,” she said.
As of March 1, the multi-day businesses included The Chicken Coop, The Soup Shack, Shaggy Showers Dog Wash, Rice Design Group, Hydro Spa, The Garden Shed, Jana’s Jewelry, Blue Acres and Misty Hills Farm.
Thorson said, “We see a huge expansion in this regard following our move.” She said she was intent on securing a venue large enough to do so.
And she also appreciates the help she has received from the Granary District’s partners.
“The market could not have launched without their collective vision and energy,” she said.
The market has a waiting list, but will be putting expansion on hold until it makes its move to new quarters. Thorson said she will continue to solicit expressions of interest at email@example.com, but doesn’t want to proceed until she has the market settled into a new venue.
“We still want to know who’s out there, and who wants to join our family,” she stressed. “Knowing this will aid us as we plan our next facility and contemplate the balance of our future offerings.”
For more information on the Granary District, contact McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.