BALLINGER - Ballinger's unique shopping district just welcomed another addition to the mix after “everly Market” opened in February.
BALLINGER - Ballinger’s unique shopping district just welcomed another addition to the mix after “everly Market” opened in February.
The market has been a true labor of love for owner Aimee Plant, who purchased the historic old building built circa 1886 located on the northeast corner of Hutchins Avenue from Midland businessman Paul Morrow. Plant said about a year ago, she was searching for a storefront for her online business and on a random search she saw the building on a real estate website.
“I had never been to this part of Texas before,” said Plant, who was coming from Leander. “I was really searching for a storefront and I knew I could really go anywhere.”
She drove to Ballinger that weekend - on Feb. 4, 2017 - and fell in love with the building.
“I thought Ballinger was adorable,” she said. “It felt strangely familiar.”
She would promptly move her family there, where she and her daughter Skylar and sons Joey and Sean would live on the first floor while the top floor was renovated into her loft living space.
She opened the doors to the shop a year to the day from when she first laid eyes on the building, which in its first incarnation was a general store, the phone company and then a bank.
While the bottom floor which formerly housed RM’s Cositas Mexican Imports, was ready, she had to totally remodel the top floor, which entailed peeling years of wallpaper off the walls, required extensive cleaning, plumbing and electrical work.
With most of that work complete, she was able to formally open her market, which is filled with unique items from all over the world.
The ceilings in the shop are decorated with antique style umbrellas from a small town outside of Manchester, England. A buggy that she purchased in Runnels County is filled with artisan leather bags from Morocco some of which she gets from a vendor in the Netherlands.
“This is a vendor who has never sold items in the U.S. before,” Plant explained.
The walls are filled with artwork, with a French impressionist feel, as well as artful photos, tapestries from Scandinavia and handmade throws from India. She also has vintage items, like clocks from Russia, clothing and even a wrack of 1980s sunglasses.
“The sunglasses have been really popular,” she said.
The shop is the perfect setting for her, since she can work downstairs while her children are upstairs.
Her daughter Skylar has been a big help throughout the process, both with setting up the store and renovating the upstairs.
“She is my rock,” Plant said.
Plant is also is working with Morrow to get the Texas Theatre reopened soon, developing a new menu and giving new life to the venue. She is also working on getting the downtown Farmer’s Market up and running again this year.
Meanwhile, her shop is open for business and she her online business is going as well.
“We are very excited it has been a wonderful journey,” Plant said. “And we are looking ahead.”
The shop is open seven days a week - Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.