Find Grand Trunk Marketplace on Fourth Street in downtown Port Huron.
When Dawn Fulk, walked into the Grand Trunk Marketplace last December she wasn't sure what to expect but what she found has had her making return visits ever since.
"It was just absolutely beautiful, the way things were arranged and it's all good quality, I'm in there every week now and it's never stagnant, it's always different," Fulk says.
Sounds like exactly what Kelly Lozano and her partner, fiancée Steven Hurlburt had in mind when they launched the unique shopping experience at Grand Trunk Marketplace in July 2017.
Lozano's son, Wyatt Banaszewski, 18, a senior at Port Huron High School, is also heavily involved in the venture.
"He's a huge part of this business, he's my ace in the hole," Lozano says.Looking for a nautical gift? Check out Grand Trunk Marketplace.
The marketplace, inside an 8,000 square-foot building downtown in Desmond's Landing. has shopping space that encompasses 6,500 square feet. It offers shoppers new, old, redone, and vintage items including clothing, furniture, and collectibles.
The idea to find space in the city came about because Lozano was tired of renting space far from her Port Huron home. She didn't plan to land a place that was so big, she was mainly looking for something that wasn't outside. Still, getting vendors lined up to fill the space wasn't as challenging as Lozano had initially envisioned.
"Many of them were doing outdoor vintage markets but that involves packing things up and unpacking them and that's so much work every week," Lozano says. "Here they pay rent for their spot, a small commission and they can become a member of the Port Huron community."
Opening with just a dozen vendors, Lozano says the market boasts 44 different ones today.
"We really have a little bit of everything here, I like to call it the makers, the bakers, and the roadside takers," smiled Lozano. "But it's also always evolving and changing."
Variety of vendors the key
With a little bit of inspiration, create a stylish room for any girl.Vetting potential vendors is something Lozano takes very seriously and in fact, she says no a lot more than she says yes.
"I don't want my vendors to have to compete against each other, so each one is different," she says.
It's Lozano's high standards and desire to make sure each space has its own unique flair that drew "Tea Rose Marketplace" owner Christine Dolan to Grand Trunk this summer. The space she occupies includes homemade soaps, lotions, and sea salt accompanied by vintage fashions and jewelry.
"Kelly is just a remarkable person, full of energy, always so encouraging and she hand-picked some really good vendors and artists," Dolan says. "It's a wonderful environment there that's she's created, I love being there."
Having a fondness for crystal, lace, and shiny things in general, Dolan offers shoppers dated, but highly sought-after fashions like lamb's wool Mouton fur coats, pillbox hats with mink stoles and women's nightgowns from days gone by.
Jill Secory has been a vendor at the marketplace since it opened its doors last year selling vintage antiques in her shop, "Miss. Havisham's." A middle school teacher in Marysville, Secory says this was her first foray into small business, and it's certainly been a lot of fun.
"I grew up in a Victorian home and went junking and antiquing with my mom growing up and I love old stuff, there's always a story there," Secory says. "I sold my house and had so many things I decided it was time to share some of my treasures with other people."
"Miss. Havisham's" has a wide range of items from vintage barware, a mixture of antique furniture, ride-on toys that date to the 1930s and an even a wicker pagoda daybed from the 1940s.
Beyond having the chance to see others appreciate her variety of wares, Secory finds being part of the marketplace crowd a Shoppers can find a wide variety of goods at the marketplace.major perk.
"There's just a really nice atmosphere there and while everyone has their own space, we're kind of like a big tribe and I guess you'd say we all share a passion for junk," laughs Secory.
Shopping & events keep customers coming
As to her own contribution to the colorful marketplace, Lozano's "Oh So Shabby" shop includes refinished furniture, her signature story blocks and a huge selection of wholesale home goods. The "goods" includes furniture, dishes, wall hangings and most anything, both new and used, that can be found in a home.
Several vendors with other area locations are also at the market including Vera Grace and The Vintage Red Barn Vintage from Marine City, and Blackbird Home Goods was there but recently moved to St. Clair.
In addition to offering a fun and interesting shopping experience, Lozano hosts a handful of special events including Hocus Pocus, a Girl's Night Out, Valentine's Day activities and a flea market in the parking lot during the summer.
An old-fashioned rocking horse stands among the goods.She says customers come from as far away as Ferndale, Royal Oak, Rochester, and Lake Orion.
As for space for new vendors, there's currently a waiting list.
Looking back 18 months, Lozano's determination and hard work have certainly paid off, the marketplace has more than doubled its projected sales in the first year. She credits quality products, a marketing strategy that includes utilizing social media and a location with a view.
"We're right here on the water and can watch the freighters go by, it's just a great spot to be in," Lozano says.
Grand Trunk Marketplace is located at 1201 4th St., Port Huron. The store is open seven days a week for the holidays. Visit their website for further information.