There was plenty of delicious food and good fellowship as the Market at Washington and High celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 15 and grand opening events all year long.
The downtown market features five different vendors under one roof selling items such as meats, poultry, fresh fish, specialty dry goods, gourmet deli items and select produce.
Chris Kagay, operations manager at Ciao Deli, said it was a fun event. “It went great, and we were very, very busy. All week it was unbelievable,” he said.
John and Vicki Hinkle at Oak Park Grocery and Dry Goods were equally as enthusiastic. “We had a great grand opening. We had a lot of people come by who hadn’t been in here before,” John said.
Vicki Hinkle said the grand opening was a fun day and all she heard were positive comments. “It was our second best day,” she said.
Butch Clark and Dan Mizell are general managers of the facility, and Mizell said both he and Clark felt the grand opening could not have been any better. “We had a great turnout. The parking lot was full, and the store was full. We had a lot of invited dignitaries and guests and all who were invited showed up,” he said.
Mizell said the market isn’t a grocery store or fruit market. “It is a shopping experience of five independent business owners doing what they do and doing it exceptionally well, offering great quality and giving genuine Southern hospitality as far as service,” he said.
Mizell said the business owners are excited about where they are and where they are going. “This business can always change for the better. We listen to the customer, and the customer tells us what they want. What they want is what we’ll make every effort to have for them.”
The other businesses in the market include Laurel Creek Farms run by Tracy Monday, Blue Moon Fish Co., managed by Mike Adams and Marketfresh Produce owned by Mizell.