WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Customers will soon have a new place to browse seasonal home decor and support job training for people with disabilities.
This month, Milkweed Market will open a new retail space at the Opportunity Development Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people with disabilities achieve their work and life goals. The store will hold a grand opening celebration from August 28th to August 30th at 1191 Huntington Avenue in Wisconsin Rapids.
Milkweed Market is ODC’s home goods retailer, offering handcrafted home decor items made by people at all levels. ODC created the marketplace in December 2016, with clients primarily creating upholstery and custom his items in-house. The company grew, and ODC began selling products online on his Etsy page, at pop-up events, and in small displays in his Coffee Shop and other stores.
Milkweed Market sales and marketing manager Carrie Johnson said the community support for the business has been overwhelming and many people in the community want to be involved in some way.
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“This is a great way to support ODC’s mission,” said Jennifer Blum, director of community and donor relations.
Mark Peters has been part of ODC’s programs for over 30 years and loves working in the milkweed market. His favorite items at the retail store are the fall decorations, many of which he makes himself.
Shoppers can also find other home goods from other vendors in the store. For shoppers who want to browse online or create custom projects, Milkweed His Market has launched a new website at themilkweedmarket.com in addition to his Etsy page. For more information, visit Milkweed Market on Facebook.
Join us for the grand opening of Milkweed Market
Milkweed Market is hosting a three-day celebration to celebrate the opening of its new store.
- August 28th, Guests will receive a coupon with their purchase and can sample Slice of Heaven mini cupcakes.
- August 29th, The first 50 people will receive a small gift and cookies baked at ODC.
- Grand opening commemoration ceremony It will be held on August 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. and will include mimosas and a raffle.