A Unique North Country Shopping Experience...
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As the leaves are changing and winter coats are coming out of the closet, I decided it was the perfect time for me to visit the Market Barn located on East Main Street in Malone, NY. The Market Barn is filled with crafts, antiques, and gifts for everyone—and it’s all under one roof.
From Horse Stable to Antique Shop
Owners, Paula and Chester Lawrence, established the Market Barn in October of 1993. When Chester built the place in 1968 as a cattle and horse auctioneer barn, little did he know it would turn into a family business. At first, their goal was to make their new business mostly crafts and antiques. The Market Barn has stayed that way but continues to update its look.
There are about 85 vendors at the Market Barn who sell their homemade crafts and creations, each having a separate booth. I always thought all the sellers were from the North Country, like many other people do, but vendors come from places as far as Rochester and Ticonderoga; some as close as Canada.
Feel free to wander…
Try some fruit before you hit the candy section at the Market Barn.
Walking through the
Market Barn gives me a warm, homey, Adirondack-feel. Everything you need
to give your house, apartment, or yourself an Adirondack makeover can be
found at the Market Barn.
Aroma bears, John Deere memorabilia, and handmade wooden frames are just a few available goods. If I was looking for a rare or hard-to-find gift for a pet lover, apple lover, or a favorite teacher, I’m sure I would find it here.
As I was taking
in the fresh smells of the Adirondacks, I decided that my visit would not
be complete without a stop at my favorite section of the barn—the
candy section—with white-chocolate candies that are to die for. Here,
I found everything I would need to perfect my candy-making skills; such
as candy making books, fun-shaped sprinkles, and even the tools of the trade.
Experience a country feeling at the foothills of the Adirondacks.
The Market Barn sells a wide variety of goods such as oven gloves, potholders, glassware, stained glass, doilies, pillows, throws, and all sorts of handmade collectibles to brighten up your home.
But if you’re
not in the mood to spice up your home, you can spice up your wardrobe. In
the many booths devoted to the Adirondacks, there are t-shirts and sweatshirts
made by the Adirondack Trading Company. The knitting section of the Market
Barn carries all colors of yarn, needles, and knitting supplies, along with
sweaters. I bought the perfect brown and beige hand-knit sweater for $35.
I know it’ll be just right for those cold winter nights when I relax with
a soothing cup of tea.
There is a whole booth devoted to herbal tea for various ailments. The Harvest Herb Company, which manufactures the herbs, is located in Malone. As I looked through the various teas, I noticed that they carry No Worries Tea, Tummy Tea, Adirondack Mountain Tea, and the ever-popular Cold Relief Tea. All booths are unattended but contain a business card in case you have any questions for the vendor.
I always prepare myself to find a few unusual things, such as an antique birdcage, a slice of pizza made out of milk chocolate, a chair made out of a birch tree, sculptured pens in the shapes of Adirondack wildlife, and a lamp made out of deer antlers.
Stop and Grab a Bite to Eat
They don't look like this today
When the Market Barn Deli opened two years later, their son, Shaun Lawrence,
ran it. The deli offers wraps, subs, hot drinks, and various sandwiches.
When I passed the deli to take a look upstairs, I was surprised to find
out that not only were people enjoying their meals downstairs at quaint
little tables, but upstairs also. While upstairs, I found a whole room
filled with antique furniture, such as Adirondack
chairs and an old sled.
Next to the Market Barn Deli, which gives off a warm and yummy scent every time you pass, you can pick up some Maple Syrup, relishes, or jams for the holiday season. The ladder comes in delightful flavors such as black raspberry and blackberry.
Make the Most of Your Visit
Acting as a separate business from the Market Barn, the East End Produce section is where you can find fresh apples, pumpkins, flowers, Indian corn, cherry tomatoes, and sweet cider. “We’re putting things on sale because it’s getting colder,” says Susan LePage, an employee there. Other independent businesses on the west side of the Market Barn are “Hair Care Nail Care” and “Julia’s Art.” Make the most of your visit by buying some fresh fruit, getting a snazzy haircut, exploring your artistic abilities, and taking a journey through the one-and-only Market Barn.
Do you have any unique antique places around you? Let us know!
East Main Street
Malone, NY 12953
Located one mile east of the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
Market Barn Deli
Open seven days a week from July to December
Closed on Monday’s January through June
Here are a couple links you might find interesting:
Adirondack North Country
Crafts, Foods and Art
Local antique dealers