The market’s grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, while some vendors started selling their wares a few weeks ago. The nearly 33,000-square-foot building on the Columbia River includes nine storefronts, two small restaurant spaces, a food truck section and more.
Here are the shops at 254 Hendrickson Dr. Until now.
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Owners Jana and Craig Bell opened their two-acre flower farm outside Kelso in 2014. The couple, who met in Scotland, are now opening their first storefront in Kalama Market “to bring the flower farm to the people,” Jana said. The couple specialize in dahlias, and as well as selling dahlia tubers or roots, they also offer bouquets and arrangements for events such as weddings.
Katie and Don Sweet started their own spice, rub and bitters company in Vancouver a year ago. Now they plan to sell Five Star Flavor products in the first brick-and-mortar on the market, as well as barbecue tools like tongs and foods like sausages and cheese. The couple blends their own spices and rubs meats and vegetables with flavors like garlic pepper and mesquite, Katie Sweet said. They also handcraft cocktails in flavors like fragrant orange and chocolate.
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Owner Zachariah Santiago uses inspiration from his father’s homeland of Puerto Rico to sample traditional Puerto Rican and Pacific Northwest dishes at his food truck. A resident of Calama for eight years, Santiago said he cooks local seasonal items like crab and fried clams, as well as traditional Puerto Rican barbecue dishes like pincho — chicken kebabs — and pork shoulder. He’s offering his own take on the Cubano sandwich, and plans to include a rotating menu on weekends. Opening his own restaurant is “something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said, and creating the market was the perfect timing for him to join.
The café, which has nearby locations in Castle Rock and Woodland, is set to bring small batch roasted beans to market. Flavors include the Legendary Blend, an in-house expresso brew with hints of sweet chocolate and caramel, and the award-winning Peg Leg Jim Blend, a dark roast, according to the company’s website.
Parker Family Wines
People can enjoy locally made wines and small plates overlooking the amphitheater at Port of Kalama Marine Park at Parker Family Wine Market. Owners Wes and Michelle Parker have opened former brick-and-mortar stores under the name Koi Pond Cellars, including in downtown Vancouver, while the winery itself is located in La Centre. The couple’s newest venture, Parker Family Wines, offers small-batch, handcrafted blends. “Really first-class wines,” Wes Parker said. Their market space includes outdoor patio seating, where people can enjoy Bordeaux-style wines by the glass, as well as tastings. The market, overall, “offers a sense of luxury,” and is “really top-tier,” he said.
Reese’s fine art photography
Kalama photographer Joe Rees has sold his landscape images on metal prints for five years at local galleries, but has now opened his first brick-and-mortar business. Reiss said he depicts distinctive landscapes of nearby mountain ranges and locations like Hawaii, places that locals have likely visited before and have connections to. His metal prints are sold by the square inch and are framed or unframed. He also prints his artwork on smaller pieces such as refrigerator magnets for souvenirs.
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Upstream ice cream
Two Kalama couples — Elizabeth and Tyler Pierce and Alana Buck and Nate Davis — plan to park their local ice cream truck on Memorial Day during Labor Day outside the market. The seasonal restaurant, which opened in July, specializes in build-your-own ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream, made in the Pacific Northwest, is sandwiched between two pieces of cake from local bakeries in flavors like chocolate chip and M&Ms, Elizabeth Pierce said. People can add toppings like sprinkles or Oreos. They also offer ice cream in cups, on waffle cones or muffins, as well as make your own sundaes. Previous monthly specialty ice cream flavors include Mountain Berry and S’mores. “It’s important to bring everyone together,” Elizabeth Pierce said of the new business venture. “Who doesn’t like ice cream?”
Pamela Wannous and her mother-in-law Anne Wannous make handcrafted chocolates in flavors such as ginger ale, salted caramel and wine truffle. Pamela Wannous was inspired by her aunt’s experience in chocolate and aimed to create a family legacy by starting the business in 2012, according to the company’s website. Other unique chocolate flavors include bourbon candied pecan caramel, habanero truffle, and molten egg nog.
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