MOUNT VERNON — The recently opened Main Street Makers Market sits on North Main Street, an area that owner Kim Weitkamp describes as the gateway to downtown Mount Vernon. Its sister store, the Makery on Main, still sits beside it, inviting shoppers to come in and create.
The new store was created mainly to support small local “makers” and artists. Weitkamp describes their mission as “…creating a positive and creative space focused on uniting and supporting all things good.” The majority of the items sold are produced in Ohio, with a few out of state but still in the region.
“We pride ourselves on supporting indie dyers, and using only ethically sourced and environmentally friendly materials…we really want to support small farms,” Weitkamp said.
Weitkamp makes a point to support female artists, and estimates that 99 percent of the products in her shop are made by local female creators.
One of the only products that the store sells made outside of the U.S. are sari skirts made in India they receive from Darn Good Yarn. With each skirt purchase, a skirt is given to a survivor of domestic abuse.
“There’s nothing like this in Mount Vernon. It’s truly unique,” Weitkamp said.
While the front of the store sells a plethora of jewelry, candles, home decor, clothing and self care products, an industrial classroom in the back is set to house what Weitkamp describes as “messy” classes. From yarn dying to marbleizing paper and painting, the classroom provides space for instructors and their students to get creative.
Weitkamp hopes the shop will encourage people to support local businesses, and experience and support downtown Mount Vernon.
“Shops around here close, and then I hear so many people say ‘I always meant to go in there,’ or ‘I wish I could have gone in.’ Don’t wish. Go. You have to actually go,” Weitkamp said. “I love this town, and I think it is on the upswing, but people have to support downtown.”
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