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November Business of the Month: MARKET 50

Hart County Chamber of Commerce has selected Market 50, in downtown Hartwell, as their November Business of the Month. Market 50, located at 50 N. Forest Ave. opened in  May of 2013 with just one storefront in the heart of downtown Hartwell. The owners were Darren and Janice Barkman, a Mennonite couple who decided to venture into retail for their first time, offering bulk snacks, unique groceries, meats and cheeses.   They made fresh sandwiches customized with their Troyer Meats and Cheeses. The sandwiches took off and soon people all over town were ordering sandwiches made fresh while you wait. By 2014, the sandwich business expanded into salads, soups and ice cream and the store itself expanded into the adjacent second storefront. Now customers can shop, sit and chat inside or outside, while waiting for their sandwich to be made. It has become a community hub to see and be seen in Hartwell. Out of towners and weekenders come by before they go to their lake houses for their snack stock up, and the locals come by for lunch or a snack while catching up on the latest news in town.

In the summer of 2015, Darren and Janice decided to move out west to be closer to the rest of their family and sold the business to Chris and Angela Unruh, another Mennonite couple, from California. Chris and Angela had never run a retail business either, but have stepped right into Darren’s shoes beautifully and made some great changes to improve service and selection.

Market 50 over the short time they have been in business has made a significant difference to this community. It is a destination location and a great draw for downtown Hartwell. Their generosity in giving back to this community and being a great neighbor is one of the reasons they have been chosen as the Hart County Chamber Business of the Month.

Pictured: Center, Angela and Chris Unruh and their two children, Tykell and Carter, also pictured is staffer, Crystal  Gingerich and Jennifer Burroughs. Back row is Chamber Chairperson Chuck Whelan and Membership Chairperson Kay Ankerich.


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