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Downtown Eudora was hopping Saturday morning, and a good part of the foot traffic was due to something new: Eudora Market on Main, an indoor farmers’ market located at 724 Main. The market is the brainchild of a couple of local gardeners, Pam Trefz Staab and Heather McPeek. Its hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning, but the pair hope to increase the hours to include weekdays.
Shoppers were sipping coffee and chatting while they shopped for vegetables, meat, honey, gifts, and, sweet treats in the historic building that most recently housed Cami Cakes. The building has been in the Trefz family for many years, and old timers probably remember Trefz Variety Store that opened at 1915. Pam Trefz Staab is excited to have the space being used in a way that will reach many in the community.
“I wanted to find a place for small producers and artists without a lot of overhead,” said Staab. “We hope to offer cooking classes, and in January we plan to have a pasta bar where people can eat in or carry out.” Local chefs Julia and Eric Ireland will be in charge of the pasta bar.
The vendors at the market this December are diverse. Among them are Dale and Vicky Hofer with their regular honey as well as cinnamon honey (which is to die for, by the way), Jean Reynolds with homemade pies and peanut brittle, and Jamie and Keith Knabe with frozen all-natural beef, sausage and turkey. Meredith and Dan Snyder, who hope to open Grandma’s Magic Kitchen directly across the street before too long, bring a wonderful selection of baked goods. Staab is there with her organic, aquaponic lettuce that she grows locally with her brother Fred Trefz. Heather McPeek has fall squash and lovely flower arrangements. There is truly something for everyone.
“This is just the fourth Saturday for the market and it’s growing every week,” said McPeek.
Stop by the market on a Saturday morning before Christmas, and keep your eyes on this publication so you will know when other events in the building start taking shape.
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You can’t get gas for your car at The Filling Station, 726 1/2 Main in downtown Eudora, but you sure can find a lot of other things. Housed in a historic building that was a blacksmith shop in Eudora’s early days (and still has the cool barn doors in the back to prove it), it’s the perfect spot for the eclectic gift shop owned by Tim and Anita Mitts.
The shop is full of unique gifts that range from antique furniture to home decor to interesting pieces of art created by local craftsmen. It is all arranged in an eye-pleasing way that makes one want to browse through every nook and cranny of the store. The Mitts love having the opportunity to showcase the goods made by folks right here in this area.
“A good percentage of our things are either made by local crafters or provided by local vendors,” said Anita. “We are very excited about this as it provides for some unique gift ideas, but also provides a means for local crafters and vendors to sell their products.”
When Tim Mitts runs the store on Friday afternoons, he always asks customers what they’d like to see in the store and then tries to fill that need.
“A perfect example is the popcorn,” Tim said as he pointed to a display of beautifully bagged gourmet popcorn. “A woman said that there was no place in town to buy popcorn now that Penny Annie’s is closed. So we got popcorn.”
Anita added, “We continue to change as we grow by asking and listening to our customers for ideas and how better to serve them. We know that small towns can be a challenge for new businesses but we are committed to grow by providing great customer service and providing products at a fair price.”
The Mitts, who have been in the area for about 35 years, love small town life. They enjoy meeting the people who come into The Filling Station, as well as providing a place where local folks can run into each other.
“One of the great things about Eudora customers is that they love to chat, talk about the past, and about what is going on today,” said Anita. “People bump into each other that they know and end up being in the store for an hour getting caught up. That does not happen in a big box store in a large metro area, and it’s fun to be a part of it.”
The Filling Station isn’t the only new thing happening in downtown Eudora. Tim and Anita are excited that there are other new businesses are starting up: two bakeries, a brewery, a couple of eating establishments, an event planning business, a printing company, and a bed and breakfast to name a few.
The Filling Station is currently open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and from 10:00 to 6:00 on Saturdays. Each week they have new things for sale. Check the store’s Facebook page to keep up with the current gifts, pieces of furniture and unique home decor. Don’t let the holiday season pass without a trip to The Filling Station right here in Eudora!