Bitterman Mini-Shoppes seeing strong support from community

Bitterman Mini-Shoppes seeing strong support from community

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Almost four months after opening, business is booming at the Bitterman Mini-Shoppes and Farmers Market.

The building was cleaned and renovated last fall in time for an early October opening.

At that time, there were just six local artisan crafts and food vendors. Now, there are almost thirty with at least one new vendor joining every week.

Bitterman Shoppes manager Chandra Maxheimer says the flow of customers first started to pick up during this Christmas shopping season. Every weekday, she says, she saw customer counts similar to a Friday or Saturday.

She and building owner Mike Miller expected things to slow down considerably after the new year, like most retail operations. But instead, they say there's still considerably more traffic than they expected coming through the building.

Part of that, they say, may be in the variety of products offered at the Mini-Shoppes.

14 News Sunrise reporter Deanna Allbrittin stopped by Tuesday morning to check out the expanded operations. You can see some of the shops and products, including a new slow-pour coffee vendor, in the videos above.

The shops featured in the videos are:

NeeNeeRee Beads: handmade polymer clay jewelry
Ginger Cat Knits: hand spun yarn, yarn store & fair trade items
Steckler Grassfed: grassfed and organic cheeses
Lucid Coffee: slow pour coffee, tea and espresso
Be15: handmade clothing and accessory line
Roffe Boutique: women's boutiqe clothing & accessories
Bruce's Heirloom Rugs: 5th generation handwoven rugs
Bruce Whitler's Woodworking Shop: miniature cornhole sets
Shimmer & Shine: handmade jewelry

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