MARIETTA — “Welcome and let’s go shopping!”
With that message, Jessica Smith welcomed the Marietta community to Smith & Company Vintage Market, during the grand opening Friday morning.
Smith, her husband, Steve, and son, Reese, opened the market store after their past experience.
“We had a store like this in Alabama and it was so successful. When we moved back (to Marietta) we felt the area had a need for it.”
Smith said they looked at locations for two years before finding their new location, 1301 Colegate Drive in the old Weiser & Cawley building.
“I fell in love,” she said. “It was perfect for what we wanted.”
The market houses 85 vendors that sell a variety of merchandise including thrift and antique finds, customized T-shirts and tumblers, custom woodworking, pet items, purses, coffee and tea and handmade jewelry, among other items, all under one roof in a polished presentation.
And the Smith family sees more growth for the company in the future.
“We will still be expanding,” she said. “We have two unfinished rooms currently, and when they are done, we can take more than 20 more vendors.”
While the market opened on Friday with a ribbon cutting, the celebration will continue through the weekend, with door prizes, food trucks and more.
“I’m thrilled with the turnout,” Smith said about the Friday crowd. “I’m ecstatic. I can only imagine what the weekend will be like.”
Members of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce attended the ribbon cutting as well as a representative from U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s office and the mayor.
“We’re really excited to have another business open,” said Kelsy Eaton of the Chamber of Commerce. “They have a lot of interesting products and goods. It will be interesting to see what they add to area.”
“It is nice to see that they filled an existing building,” said Lauren Miller, a chamber ambassador.
It was nice to have the long-empty building filled again, she said.
Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher participated in the ribbon cutting and congratulated the family on the opening.
“You have all our support we can give you in the future. I encourage everyone to come,” he said.
Brice Brightbill, a representative for Johnson, read a proclamation from the office, thanking the market for giving small businesses and entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow.
Smith & Company Vintage Market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is also on Facebook and Instagram at smithandcovintagemarket.
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