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Brevard Marketplace To Provide Eclectic Shopping-Brevard NC


Last updated 5/25/2020 at 1:32pm

The Brevard Marketplace is located on North Caldwell Street. (Courtesy photo)

With high hopes of the worldwide pandemic coming to an end, springs forth new beginnings and more specifically a new marketplace for Brevard, according to a press release.

Brevard Marketplace, located on 30 and 40 N. Caldwell St., will offer a unique retail experience, with eclectic booths consisting of local goods, collectibles, antiques, arts, furnishings and more.

There are plans to include a kids' arts & crafts section, where kids can sell their own creations.

James and Derene Bracken will be managing the marketplace. With them they bring many years of retail experience and a keen eye for quality goods, vendors and staging, the release said.

In fact, James and Derene are the very reason that Brevard Marketplace has come to fruition.

They, like many quarantined individuals, scanned the pages of social media and saw local property owner John Nichols' post numerous family heirlooms he had uncovered while sifting through closets and trunks in his 125-year-old house.

They contacted him about his marvelous finds, the release said, and encouraged him to let them open a marketplace in one of his buildings, and Nichols obliged.

As a result of the Brackens' efforts, the Brackens and Nichols plan to place the booths in three different buildings, including the neighboring property, which is home to another retailer, Mantiques.

Mantiques offers distinctive, handpicked furniture and furnishings from the local area.

All in all, the marketplace will include an area of 20,000 square feet and have over 100 vendors in total.

Those numbers boast ample space and a diverse booth rental population to allow Brevard Marketplace to be a destination for travelers and local people alike, the release said.

Nichols mentioned that Brevard seemed to be the perfect place for this retail adventure as the downtown area is walkable, equipped with plenty of parking and offers many specialty retail shops.

Nichols, a Brevard native, loves the idea of helping small businesses, especially "Mom and Pop" stores thrive in his hometown, the release said.

With an opening date days away, and only a few booth rentals left, Nichols and the Brackens are eager to open.


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