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Talking Business: Longview coffee shop plans 'night market' to bring together community, small businesses

Longview Night Market vendors

Vendors participating in the first Longview Night Market at Hearth Coffee and Cafe on Nov. 27 pose for a photo Monday. Organizer Ashlee Hawkins, far right, is the owner of Dirty Bird Boutique; Ryleigh Dobbins, second right, runs RND Home Accessories; and, from left to right, Shirley Phelps, Jenifer Phelps and Kaszee Despain run Annie & Co. 

Taking advantage of its location, a Longview coffee shop plans to hold a night market later this month to allow the community to come together and support small businesses and artists.

Hearth Coffee and Café is hosting the first Longview Night Market the evening of Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1101 Commerce Ave.

Along with more than 30 vendors, the event will include live music and a photo booth. The variety of vendors will be spread through the café and adjoining Roxy Theater. Hearth will offer coffee, beer, wine and food, and the Food Hub food truck will park outside.

Hearth has opened to vendors during Small Business Saturday in the past, said owner Chuck Hendrickson. The café is an extension of Love Overwhelming and used as a host site for employment development programs.

Hendrickson said he had the idea for a night market after attending similar events in Portland.

“Why not do it in our own community?” he said.

Hendrickson worked with Ashlee Hawkins, owner of Dirty Bird Boutique, to plan the event.

Hawkins started her online clothing shop at the end of May and has set up a “pop up” shop inside Hearth Coffee in the past. She said the “pop ups” help expose her business to a larger variety of people and allows shoppers to get a closer look at the items she has for sale.

Hawkins said she joined Hendrickson in planning the event because she thought it would be good for the community and local small businesses.

“The more we help each other, the better we are all off in getting out there,” she said.

While Hawkins said she knew some fellow business owners who wanted to participate, she didn’t initially get a large response to her call for vendors. But once word of the event began to spread on social media, a lot of people contacted her, Hawkins said.

Hendrickson said just over 30 vendors are signed up for the event, about double what he expected.

“I was super surprised at how many people reached out to me,” Hawkins said. “It’s kind of becoming a way bigger thing than I thought it would be.”

The market has gotten a lot of interest from shoppers, with more than 80 people marked as “going” and nearly 900 “interested” on the Facebook event.

Hendrickson and Hawkins are planning to hold another night market Dec. 18, the Saturday before Christmas, and hope to hold the event quarterly next year.

Vendors interested in participating in future markets can contact the organizers through the Longview Night Market Facebook page.


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