A new business offering handmade dcor and gifts, baked goods and natural health products is set to open Monday on Rugby’s Main Avenue.
Jessica Brossart, who owns the business, called Market on Main told the Tribune, “I’ve been really pleased with how everything’s coming together. I’m really excited.”
Walking through the business space at 209 S. Main Avenue, Brossart pointed out areas dedicated to a retail store, conference tables and a separate room for alternative health services.
Jessica Brossart shows some of the merchandise in Market on Main.
“So these walls came down,” she said, pointing to an area at the front of the store, “and because of that, we put in new carpet. We wanted to revamp the front of it. “
A shelf sits on the front wall beneath the front window to hold displays.
“We were like, ‘Let’s do a small display that’ll be really functional,’ and so I really love how it’s turned out,” Brossart said.
“And then, we just continued it to (the other window near the door) a little bit, and to the checkout area, too, to bring the cohesiveness into that.”
Brossart said she decided to preserve some elements, such as uplifting messages painted on walls by former building occupants.
“We kept some of the old, and we’re bringing in some of the new.”
Brossart described how Market on Main Street began.
“Actually, how this started is my alternative health business, Midwest Natural Health Center, when CBD (cannabidiol) made from hemp became legal, I started carrying that, and it kind of escalated, and I needed a place where people could easily just come in and out and get it.”
She continued, “I thought, ‘Well, I definitely need retail space for the CBD oils and salves, and all those cool things, and I thought, ‘What else can I bring to Rugby? We need some new things here on Main.’ So, we have some great gift shops in town, but some of them have closed down. So that’s where we see a need, and I’m also hoping to bring some baked goods in a day or two a week, and also, we’ll be carrying different product lines of homemade things anything that would be made in a commercial kitchen. Also, handmade items and gift items, and art.”
Brossart said most of the merchandise will come from consigners, and her first dcor lines come from a very close source family.
“I started with my niece and nephew, who own Timberwillow Designs out of Bottineau, and they do a lot of business here in Rugby. They’re super-popular at craft shows, so they were the first people I connected with. And I love the lines they’re going to be bringing in.”
Pointing to wall art, she added, “Their art and homemade products are made out of barn board.”
Walking to a table, she picked up wooden bowls carved and polished as smooth as clay pottery.
“These bowls are made from my aunt, who’s originally from Towner and now lives in Montana. My Aunt Earlene hand makes these.” Examining one piece, she noted, “This has five different types of wood in it.”
“And they’re all unique. She brought me one as a gift when I came for a visit, and my mom was out there and asked, ‘Do you want me to bring you one of Earlene’s bowls?’ And I said, ‘Awesome! We’ll see how the community likes them!'”
Brossart said she had traveled to different events such as Devils Lake’s Devils Run to find ideas and line up consigners for her store.
One product line the store will feature is Char’s Kitchen, a collection of jams, jellies and syrups made in South Dakota featuring flavors popular with people who live on the Northern Plains. Ingredients for the products include rhubarb, strawberries, apples, blueberries and chokecherries.
Brossart said she was talking with local bakers to line up a selection of baked goods for the store to carry.
Another product line the store carries, Kannaway, uses CBD as a main ingredient in its natural supplements.
Brossart said CBD oil acts on a physical network in the human body called the endocannabinoid system.
“Kannaway’s been in the CBD business before it was cool to be in the CBD business,” Brossart said. “And they did a lot with helping with the legalization, and myself and a few other key people here in North Dakota actually helped to make sure hemp and CBD coincided with the legalization (of medicinal cannabis) here in North Dakota. So, we have a line of oils, pills and salves. We also have a new coffee and tea. And my new favorite thing is the gum
“Kannaway’s products are made from hemp, rather than marijuana, which is high in CBD, and low in THC ,” Brossart said.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a component of marijuana that is present in hemp in extremely low amounts, according to various publications describing the plants.
“It’s less than 0.3%,” Brossart said of the low amount. “So it gets you healthy, not high,” Brossart noted. “They call hemp ‘The hippy’s disappointment.'”
“We also have a line for pets, because pets have an endocannabinoid system, too,” Brossart added.
Brossart recommended discussing the use of CBD with doctors or health care providers for further information on any possible effects from the products.
“And we have the first luxury skin care system on the market with CBD in it.”
Brossart said her business also has areas set aside for conferences, and alternative health services through a system called “Body Talk.”
Brossart said she is an advance certified Body Talk practitioner.
Market on Main will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. Through 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. Through 1 p.m.
Brossart invited people seeking information to call 776-7799 and visit Market on Main Rugby on Facebook.