Flagship evening retail, public art space

Business owners host market to interact on personal level rather than through internet

MORGAN LESTER, Evergreen reporter

Some might pass the old warehouse on Grand Avenue and see a worn-down building that needs to be renovated or torn down.

For Chelsea Whitney, Ileia McCall and Lindsey Weber, the owners of The Flagship, they saw a space that could be made into a communi­ty market — a market they call the Night Market.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for local artisans and vendors to sell their wares without committing to a permanent location,” Whitney said.

McCall added that they wanted to be able to interact with their customers directly instead of with the internet or a retail store.

“We thought it would be fun to host an event that had something for people to do,” McCall said.

Outside of the vendors, they wanted to include some community pieces to enjoy, partic­ularly that of food, music and a public art space for members of the community to create a tape mural.

The vendors Flagship are hosting include Orchard Farm Soaps, Tamarack Leather Co. and Rude Candle Co., among several others, all of which follow the theme that The Flagship has set with this market, which is “Found, Made, Curated.”

“What we didn’t want were people selling other people’s stuff, like with a multi-level mar­keting establishment,” McCall said. “We wanted people who are actually creating things, curating collections of things … so we really wanted peo­ple who were really running their own business.”

For those of you looking to support local small businesses or searching for something new and unique, the Night Market opens Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. There will also be music provided by Magnolia Standard and food being sold by Fork in the Road.