CLAYTON — What began as a question on Facebook has grown into a fresh commercial venture.
Since the first Sunday of May, the Northmont Community Market has been in operation on Esther Price Way in the Village of North Clayton. It will be open 1-5 p.m. each Sunday through October.
“I got involved by posting a question on Facebook,” said Jessica Cecrle. “I asked why our community didn’t have a market of its own. Lori Hartman sent me a message, and from there we started chatting and creating a business plan to present to the city of Clayton.”
Cecrle and Hartman, both of Phillipsburg and who serve as the market’s managers, began work on the business plan last September and presented their idea to use space in the Village of North Clayton to the North Clayton Community Authority. When that was approved, they went to the city of Clayton, which gave the go-ahead for the Northmont Community Market.
Cecrle works with marketing/promotion while Hartman focuses on vendors and food trucks. They credit Jim McGrath, owner of Doors Galore, with providing contacts and help with planning. Mike Kincaid, of Kincaid Wealth Management, and the North Clayton Community Authority serve as an advisory board.
Current vendors are Hartman Heismtytte, The Muddy Truck Patch, New World Alpaca, Star Dancer Creamery, Brewster Gifts, McGuffey Herb & Spice, Sweet & Sassy Designs, Nashville Farms, Keiko’s Kettle Korn, North Sea Trade & Raid, Singapore Seahorse Foreign Coin Jewelry, Spicey Rooster, Dirty Chix Soap, O’Cupcake, Nickey’s Baked Goods & Candies and Mysertium Coffee.
Food vendors, which will rotate during the season, are Bella Sorella, GreenGoLoco, El Meson, RibInIt, Red Wagon Café and others. Additionally, local musicians will serenade shoppers each week.
“Right now, we just want to see the market grow, and doing so, get more interaction with the community,” said Cecrle, who moved to the area from Columbus three years ago. “This will help to spread the news of our new market and gain more vendors each year. Long term, we would like to build a standing structure, something similar to 2nd Street Market (in Dayton).”
Northmont Community Market corporate sponsors are Brown & Sons Nursery, Kincaid Wealth Management, Englewood Truck and Salem Church of God.