Press Release: Abbotsford, BC – Marketplace by MCC CE will celebrate its Grand Opening on Friday June 8th with a day of activities that will highlight the character of this unique store.
The store is a new venture for MCC Community Enterprises (MCC CE), the enterprise arm of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which is known for its relief, development and peace work around the world. Marketplace is one of several social enterprises of MCC CE, which is a business owned by MCC. Each enterprise is designed for a specific purpose and supports the work of MCC both locally and globally. MCC is known for its thrift shops but Marketplace is something completely different.
“We had an opportunity with this space to create a unique experience that is quite different from anything MCC has done before,” says James Siebert, director of social enterprises for MCC CE. “Marketplace is exactly that, a marketplace where unique people and unique products come together.”
The store sells furniture, clothing, home décor and artisanal goods. The products are a mix of vintage, upcycled, consignment and new. The store is committed to offering products with a purpose, supporting local BC-made goods and local and global artisans. The store also includes a bakery, deli and café. Kathy Lang, store manager, says it’s more than simply a place to shop.
“It’s a store that gives the customer an opportunity to do good with their purchases,” she says. “It’s also a meeting place, where you can gather with your friends, enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee and visit.”
Marketplace has been open since mid-February but will celebrate with an official grand opening on Friday June 8th beginning at 8 am with a buffet breakfast with Mayor Braun, city council members and their spouses. Cost for this breakfast is $15 and people are encouraged to reserve their spot by purchasing tickets at Marketplace ahead of time. Breakfast will be followed by speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 am. There will be product demonstrations throughout the day including cooking and jewelry-making as well as furniture upcycling demos.
“We’re excited that several of our vendors will also be onsite to interact with customers,” Cherie Duggan says, who is the merchandiser and purchaser for Marketplace. “Eunice Mitchell of Silver Soul Ukraine, Suzanne Jones of Buy Maisha and local artist Linda Klippenstein will all be here.”
There will also be door prizes, lunch specials and in-store specials throughout the whole weekend.
BY ANGELIKA DAWSON
June 8 Program
8:00 am – Breakfast with Mayor Braun
9:00 am – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
11:00 am – Cindy Dohms, Local Artist: Painting Live
11:00am – 2:00pm; 5:00pm-8:00pm – Jeanette Martin (Torill’s Table / Mubbles) Food Demonstrations
Cooking Demonstration by Lisa D. Postl Campbell of Mr. Franks Spice Co.
Honey Tasting by Cody Graham of BC Buzz
Product Demonstrations by Greg Peppler of Woodly & Walton Wood Farm
Marketplace Upcycling Demonstration by Erica Duncan
10:00am – Jewelry-Upcycling by Christine Babic of Second Time Around Jewellery
1:30pm – Recycling Demonstration by Anna Bonde of Little Homestead in the Valley
Linda Klippenstein Art Charcuterie Board
Walton Wood Farms Bathroom Gift Set
Mr. Franks Spice Co. Spice Set
Pacific Coffee Roasters 4 X 2 pack Flavored Coffee
BC Buzz Honey
Buy Maisha Jewellery Piece
Giving Keys Jewellery Piece