Putting it all together: The Grove prepares for shopping season

November, 2018 Posted in Business, Community
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Tammi Burns and Teri Mesa of Marketplace at The Grove. File Photo

By Mary Owen

Happy anniversary, Marketplace at The Grove!

“Moxieberry Cafe was growing, and I was looking to move my flower shop into this building we acquired, formerly known as Jensen-Kreitzer,” said Teri Mesa, owner of Moxieberry Café and co-owner of The Grove with Tammi Burns, owner of Break The Chain.

“Tammi and I were acquaintances at the time and I had been to her Break The Chain location in Sublimity,” Mesa said. “One day, I felt led to call her and run a business idea by her, combining the two businesses into one location at The Grove. It just so happens, Tammi received notice the day I called, that her building was just sold. One thing led to another and a year later we opened the first boutique Nov. 16, 2016.”

Over the course of the next year, “with the exhaustive work of our husbands,” Mesa and Burns modified the building and introduced the Marketplace with eight individual boutiques and open market areas in just in time to kick off the 2017 holiday season, she said.

“So we are celebrating our store’s second anniversary and the Marketplace at The Grove’s first anniversary this November,” Mesa said.

“Watching the Grove evolve has been exciting,” Burns said.

“We have had a front row seat to the changes that are happening at The Grove and downtown. The Marketplace and 3rd Avenue Boutique has become a favorite place for customers to purchase gifts without spending a fortune. Teri and I believe that you can have a beautiful place to shop without breaking the bank.”

The women agree they are two very different people with different backgrounds and styles, a combination that brings a lot of diversity to the product offerings and balances to the business relationship.

“Because we each bring something different to the table, we don’t have a singular vision and we cater to a much larger demographic,” Mesa said.

“Our customers range from teens to seniors, men and women, casual to business professional. Our hope is to keep business local by providing much variety and value at modest, affordable prices.”

New this year are: the Man Cave, all things guy; Flippin’ Vintage, furniture and home decor; Farmer’s Market, locally made food and personal care products; Kitchen Corner; and Break The Chain debuting its own boutique.

“In addition, we have Arise & Shine, Foo Foo Handbags, Out of the Fire, Scout & Hailey Baby Boutique, Friends of the Library, Rockin’ Rodeo Jeans, Country Chic, and Art Gone Wild by Paul Toews,” Mesa said. “We are working on a candy store to be open before the holidays.”

Lots of seasonal plans are in the works, with Paul Toews Studio kicking off Nov. 17 with “Remember When,” an art show showcasing the work of local artist friends and students. Feature artists are portrait artist Nathaniel Brown and watercolor artist Lillian Taylor. There will be a 5 to 7 p.m. reception that will include live music from Starla Becker Tillinghaust and Company.

The Marketplace will host the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Greeters Nov. 21, 8 to 9 a.m., and will participate in Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 24, Mesa said.

“We are kicking off December with the Twelve Days of Christmas,” she added. “Each day, shoppers can enter a daily drawing for stockings filled with goodies from our boutiques. Then we will have a drawing at the end of the promotion for a $50 gift certificate to the Marketplace. Santa will also be coming to The Grove on a few different Saturdays!

“The first will be a Santa Baby photo shoot for holiday pictures to purchase, and then again for the annual Stayton Tree Lighting and Christmas Movie event,” she added.

“We will have a Farmer’s Market event where our local vendors will offer taste testing samples of their products as well. We will have baskets and containers available to purchase for our customers to create unique one of a kind gift baskets for giving this Holiday Season.”

In the coming year, Mesa said they plan to offer “After Hours” events, private shopping parties for groups that want to come together and enjoy evening shopping, sipping, and celebrating baby showers, office parties, or “any other reason to have a girls night out. Anyone interested in booking a party can leave a message on Facebook or send an e-mail to marketplaceatthegrove@gmail.com.

“So many exciting things have happened and more coming to downtown in the near future – more vendors, more restaurants, more activities,” Mesa said.

“It has been a great experience participating in the revitalization of downtown Stayton. Many consumers, merchants and organizations have come
together to make … downtown a better place for our community. I would like the community to come down for a visit and watch the transformation happen. It is exciting!”

Burns added, “When you shop at Marketplace at The Grove, you will be supporting local small businesses. Each one has its own personality, and with a central checkout, we have made it easy for our customers.”

Marketplace at The Grove is located at 351 N. Third Ave., Stayton.

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