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MAIN STREET MARKET CHALETS

Main Street Market brings together the idea of pop-up (temporary) businesses with the tiny house movement, to create a tiny retail village.  Hart City Council approved a Pop-Up Incubator Program to support the creation of new small businesses and provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs.  Main Street Market is an inclusive Marketplace for retail startups that will have a unique footprint in the heart of downtown and attract more shoppers and tourists to Hart.  

Entrepreneurs and home-based businesses often face many barriers in launching a brick-and-mortar business.  This program will offer resources,  mentoring, and education to help them learn about the market, improve their business skills, and generate revenue.  

Funded in part by the USDA Rural Business Development Grant the Hart Economic and Redevelopment Team (HEART) has worked to deliver this program.  Members of HEART will be responsible for choosing five entrepreneurs annually from the applications submitted.  Entrepreneurs will be chosen for their market readiness and distinctive products.

Which businesses will be featured?

The six selected businesses will be announced soon.

How do I rent a chalet?

If you are interested in renting a chalet you must first submit an application.  Applications will be reviewed on the 1st Wednesday of the month and you will be notified on the 1st Thursday of the month.  Upon approval, a $125 deposit will be required to hold your chalet.  Rent is due on May 15th, the $125 deposit will be applied to your seasonal rent.  Rent for the entire season (May 30 - Aug 31) is $900 (payment plans are available upon request).

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When will the Market be open for business?

Beginning May 30, 2024 the Market will be open for business:

  • Thursdays 6 pm – 9 pm

  • Fridays 11 am – 6 pm

  • Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm

Many of the chalets are open additional hours throughout the week.  Please look for the "open" signs in the windows.

How big are the chalets? 

The chalets are 10x14 with 4 outlets inside, overhead lights, and an outdoor light.  4 of the sheds have a double-door entry on the side to allow for large items to be brought in/out.  The inside is currently unfinished but the board is working on fundraising to insulate and drywall the interior prior to 2024.  Tenants are allowed to paint and hang temporary shelving.

Questions? Contact our Community and Economic Development Director, Nichole Kleiner at (231) 923-0920 or nkleiner@cityofhart.org

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