BUCKHANNON — City officials, family, and friends gathered at the Mountain Mama Market + Artistry, LLC on North Kanawha Street Friday afternoon for an Open House event and official Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony.
Shanda Hoover, of Buckhannon, said she originally anticipated a small shop that could shine a spotlight on local vendors, but her plan has since blossomed. The local spot now hosts about 50 vendors who produce handmade items of all kinds, from clothing to home décor, and even plants. The shop is also the new home of Shanda’s Photography.
Hoover has reportedly been in photography for over 10 years and she is extremely proud to finally have a space to call her own. However, photography isn’t the only thing that Hoover enjoys. Her love for crafting and all things artsy led her to create a shop that was all inclusive for others like herself.
“I can’t wrap my head around all of this. I have always wanted my own space,” Hoover expressed, then added she is also thrilled to “be able to help and offer a place for other crafty people to enjoy and be able to sell their own creations.”
Commissioner Sam Nolte and City Recorder Randy Sanders took extra time to browse the store after the ribbon cutting. Congressman Alex Mooney’s District Representative Rhett Dusenbury also made an appearance to congratulate Hoover on all her accomplishments and to welcome her business to the City of Buckhannon.
After the ribbon was cut, officially welcoming the business to the city, attendees perused the store, looking at all the items made by so many talented people from the area.
Anyone interested in visiting the store can do so during operational hours Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The business is located at 14 North Kanawha Street in Buckhannon. For any additional questions, please call (304) 613-2154.