Over the years we have gone to many Main Street America conferences. The most exciting part of the conference is mobile workshops. This year we learned from other cities virtually thanks to Zoom platforms and Youtube. The first conference I went to was hosted in Detroit in 2014. The opening Plenary or kickoff session was in Ferndale, Michigan at the rustbeltmarket.com
It was the first time I had ever seen a collective market with start-up businesses! These merchant stalls were no bigger than a 8×8 space. There was a sea of creativity like bottled apple cider vinegar drinks, soaps, maps, quirky homemade upcycled bird houses and much more.
There was one physical ceiling over the stalls and it seemed there was no limit to the ambition these merchants had created. It was a permanent farmers market that could be locked up and protected from the physical elements. I just checked out rustbeltmarket.com and it looks like they are still thriving. It is smart that this collective market generates income from hosting big events as well as offering locally merchandise.
Hometown Ace Hardware is owned and operated by the Melton and Wennberg families. You can find just about anything you need for gardening, plumbing, electrical, and home upkeep needs. If you can’t find what you are looking for it can be ordered and picked up usually the next day. Rick and Michelle the owners have had many BBQ fundraisers that benefit the local Rotary Club of Buckeye and they have donated countless items to annual charity auctions.
Hometown Ace Hardware, 1511 E. MC85, Buckeye, AZ 85326; 623-386-2833
Screws & Sparkles is located 423 Monroe in Downtown Buckeye, Arizona. Set the stage of life with locally made home decorative items, apparel, postcards, stickers and so much more! Owner Sophia Martinez says: “It’s more than a shop; you can come in and chat and take a break from the day.”
Danika Camp, owner of The Saloon Hair and Day Spa says “It’s a home feel to us!” Danika works with hair, nail, and aesthetician experts at The Saloon. The shop is easy to find along Miller Road, it looks like an old storefront from a spaghetti western movie set. If you road up on a horse there is a hitching post to tie it to. Danika enjoys the local clients and as she says “I expect to see something different everyday here.”
The Saloon Hair & Day Spa, 325 N Miller Road, Buckeye, Arizona 85326
Michelle Meraz owns and manages this specialty Mexican grocery and full-service local butcher shop in Buckeye, AZ. Locals come for the fresh cuts of meat prepared daily. Whether you are looking for hanger steak, ribs, boneless skinless chicken breast, or fish, Carniceria Durango has what you need. Walk in with a recipe and the butcher will give you cooking tips. Michelle also offers homemade Mexican dishes for indoor dining or take out. Like so many merchants in the downtown of Buckeye she has also spent much time and effort restoring this 1920’s classic storefront building within the last few years.