This East Main market aims to help local artisans, entrepreneurs in Port Jeff
A new shopping experience is coming to Port Jefferson Village.
A marketplace called The Shelf is opening on East Main Street on April 19; it will serve as an outlet for local artists, artisans, crafters, and entrepreneurs to sell their products.
“It’s going to be magical because we’re going to be showcasing so many creative minds from this area,” said the company’s founder Diana Walker.
Walker, who has worked in corporate finances, knows the difficulties associated with being up-and-coming artists by having a son, Kyle, who is one.
To spotlight locals artists, the two have hosted art shows in Port Jefferson and Stony Brook.
“There just aren’t many places that show off their stuff,” said the longtime Mount Sinai resident.
That is, until now.
The Shelf, located at the former Knitting Cave space at 218 East Main Street, can hold up to 20 vendors, who will be on a 90-day contract with the store.
“It runs along the side of consignment shop, but it is not used and old stuff,” explained Walker. “There is going to be good quality and special pieces that we are showing to the community.”
Since taking over the 650-square-foot building in February, she says she has already filled 17 spots, most of whom are sellers that live or once lived in Port Jefferson.
Walker said the store will have an indoor flea-market type of feel to it with various one-of-a-kind items—these include but not limited to artwork, bakery items, health care products, and apparel.
And the store isn’t just for newbies.
“Everyone from a young artist to someone retired with a collection can have space in my store,” said Walker. “People of all ages will be displayed here.”
In addition to selling items, The Shelf will also host events that will be run by the sellers after hours.
To learn more about The Shelf, click here.