A new vendor mall has opened on East High Street in the building previously occupied by the Lights of Hope thrift store.
Trellis Marketplace has opened at 153 E. High St., offering a similar concept to the Shoppes on Market vendor mall that recently closed at 222 S. Market St.
Laura Montgomery said in a recent interview that she and a business partner decided to open Trellis Marketplace to keep shopping options open in Elizabethtown.
“We didn’t want the town to lose a nice gift shop,” Montgomery said.
Like Shoppes on Market, the store rents out space to small merchants who put their wares on display, then can leave them unattended. Shoppers take items they wish to purchase from the various merchants’ displays to a central cash register to pay for them.
“The model is the same as far as the vendor mall concept,” Montgomery said, but the vendors are mostly different from the ones at Shoppes on Market. Of the 22 vendors at Trellis Marketplace, six came from Shoppes on Market; one of them, Whippoorwill, formerly had its own storefront on Market Street; the rest are new.
Trellis Marketplace also includes a place to hold classes for skills such as furniture painting, Montgomery said.
“We have a lot of very talented vendors,” Montgomery said.
First-time visitors tend to be impressed with how nice the interior of the building looks, Montgomery said.
“They are impressed with the amount of goods that there are in the shop. … They can’t believe the diversity of items,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery noted that although Jewel David Ministries owned Shoppes on Market, the Christian counseling group will still benefit from Trellis Marketplace because it owns the building.
“They own the building, so they’re still reaping the benefit,” Montgomery said.