UTICA, N.Y. - Smith Market on Main Street in Utica held a special ribbon cutting Tuesday night to celebrate the store's official opening.
In 2016, Luciann Gould was the winner of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties' $25,000 Impact Opportunity Challenge. With that money, she planned to open her own store and the doors of Smith Market are now now.
At Smith Market, you'll find a variety of organic and natural products. Most of the products are locally grown and produced.
"Smith Market is essentially a roof that houses first and foremost local products, we have local growers, local farmers," Luciann Gould, owner of Smith Market said.
If the product isn't local, Gould says there is research done before that product can go on the shelf.
"We do make sure that the ingredients meet our standards, we do make sure that the companies are good companies," Gould said.
Smith Market partners with companies that have the same goal, which is not only creating healthy, organic, and local products, it's also about contributing to Utica's revitalization efforts.
"Utica is on the up and up right now and we're really excited to be here," Janae Velardi, co-owner of the Utica based company, Stripped, said. "It's really important to support local, to keep the funds here and keep businesses growing. We're really happy that people are supporting us so we can keep rolling out more things and keep spreading more healthier communities in this area."
Other local business owners say they are excited to be apart of Smith Market and to be able to sell and buy local.
"It is truly rewarding to see that people, they genuinely want local products and there's people that are doing things, there's products here that I didn't even know was available so that's the real benefit of having these markets that open up that are taking in all these local people," Jennifer Rankin, owner of the Slate Creek Farm in Remsen said.
David Iannicello, owner of Syracuse Salt, says he is happy to bring his product to Utica.
"More and more people are so excited about being able to go down the street or come to a market like this, Smith Market, and get something that's produced by your neighbors," Iannicello said.
Smith Market also has a cafe inside, which serves farm fresh food and organic drinks. The Market is located in Baggs Square.