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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Main Street Marketplace to open in October


October 1, 2020

DAYTON—Shane Laib is leasing the building at 262 East Main Street for use as an indoor marketplace. For the past several months, he has been busy with painting, installing new carpet and lighting, and creating individual spaces for vendors when the marketplace opens in October.

Vendors were displaced when VS Mainstreet, a vintage/antique mall at 245 East Main Street, closed its doors earlier this year, and some of them will be moving to the Main Street Marketplace.

“All of the vendors still desired an outlet to sell our wares. We tried to organize a co-op organization in the location we had been in, but that didn’t work out,’ Laib said.

Laib said he has been in the vintage/antique/architectural salvage/estate sale business for the past fifteen years and has reserved space inside the marketplace for his own business, Three Doors Vintage.

Biker B’s Bathworks, Harmony Gardens, McGovern Residence, and many other vendors will lease space inside the marketplace.

“I’m excited to have another opportunity to sell my plants downtown,” said Judi Pilcher, owner of Harmony Gardens.

Pilcher plans to sell seasonal plants, house plants, succulents, planters, and yard art. Prices will range from $5 to $65.

Laib said he received financial assistance for the marketplace from the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant, administered by the Port of Columbia.

“I am grateful for the help of the Dayton Chamber, the City of Dayton, and especially Jennie Dickinson at the Port of Columbia,” he said.

Laib is a local Inland Cellular Business Development Representative, and he grew up in Dayton.


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