The Market’s first business celebrates its first anniversary

November 17, 2018

Owner/manager Judy Davis smiles after a ribbon cutting ceremony for Wildflower Gift Gallery, celebrating its first year of business on Thursday at the Market in downtown Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Judy Davis said the Wildflower Gift Gallery’s first year at The Market in downtown Huntington was kind of rough, but amazing at the same time.

“We were the first tenant for The Market, so we lived through a lot of construction, dust and stuff going on as this amazing place was being developed,” Davis said. “It was exciting to see all the new businesses being developed and opening throughout the year. People love The Market and have been very supportive of all the local businesses here.”

The Market, an open-space retail market in the 800 block of downtown Huntington, features an eclectic mix of stores, shops, restaurants and other businesses. Wildflower Gift Gallery offers a large variety of gifts for all occasions, unique lighting and furniture pieces, as well as wall art and items from local artisans.

Thursday morning, the Wildflower Gift Gallery hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its first year of business.

“I had so much help from Anna Dillard and Cheryl McCallister, as well as all of my family and friends,” Davis said. “I appreciate them and so many others for everything they have done to make this first year so successful.”

Phil Nelson, one of the developers of The Market, said Davis and her shop are kind of the gateway to The Market.

“She has helped, from welcoming new visitors to the market and introducing them to the other businesses here, to collecting mail,” Nelson said. “We affectionately refer to her as ‘the queen of The Market’ and we appreciate everything she does here.”

Nelson said the last tenant space at The Market is currently being renovated.

“It will be the home to ‘Dang Good Cinnamon Rolls and Waffles,’” Nelson said. “It’s a brainchild of Drew Hines and friends. Drew is the owner of Butter It Up at The Market. I have tasted the cinnamon rolls and Belgian waffles they will be serving, and they are amazing.”

It is expected to open before Christmas, Nelson added.

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