WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Small towns like Williamston live and breathe off small businesses.
Martin County Main Street Market director Chase Conner hopes to build off of that with a summer market series filled with live music, food and fun.
“It’s close to my heart cause I want to give back to the community that gave so much to me when I was younger,” Conner said.
After high school, Conner left Martin County for college and the city, but after a couple of years he decided it was time to return.
“I love the city, but I also love the country life, the rural area,” said Conner. “One of the things you miss is you can’t look up and see the stars in the sky.”
Conner is back with a dream, starting with the Martin County Main Street Market
“We are trying to include a lot of local farmers and in-home businesses and a couple of downtown businesses to try and encourage people that, ‘Hey we have stuff in our county…You don’t have to go outside of the county,'” said Conner.
Conner said they have 18 confirmed vendors providing either educational activities, food or crops.
Griffin’s Quick Lunch is one of the vendors.
“I believe in the small town,” said Francisca Maldonado, who owns the restaurant. “Especially, everybody should work together instead of being against each other or competing against each other.”
That’s why they bring their home comfort style food to the market, and Maldonado hopes it will also lead to some new customers.
“There is people that lived here all their lives and don’t even know this restaurant is here.,” said Maldonado.
Conner said he hopes the markets will lead to growth.
“We need to grow our communities and let people know there are opportunities within ours,” said Conner.
The markets will be held once a month throughout the summer on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Williamston at the Barnes Plaza.
The four markets will be held May 22, June 19, July 17 and August 14.