Create Huntington Forum Saturday at Heritage Village

HNN Staff
Create Huntington Forum Saturday at Heritage Village

The Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District and Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a public forum 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 5th for artisans, artists, and entrepreneurs who would like to learn about opportunities to open a store or sell their products at the redeveloped Heritage Station. The event is free and open to the public.


At the forum, attendees will learn about opportunities to lease store space, sublease a space on a short-term basis with an existing tenant, sell products through an independent gallery, and to participate in a monthly outdoor bazaar for food growers, food producers, eateries, artists, artisans, and microbusinesses.Representatives from Huntington’s small business incubator, Unlimited Futures Inc., will also be on-hand to discuss the organization’s services to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

“Much of the genesis for this project came from feedback received at the Create Huntington Chat ‘n Chews,” said Stacy McChesney, a Create Huntington volunteer and consultant on the project. “Over the course of nearly two years of conversations, we spoke with many artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs who wanted to open a commercial space but needed a way to manage the financial risks. Heritage Station is the ideal solution. It is a perfect shopping destination that allows entrepreneurs to enter the market at extremely low rent,” she said.

The Shops at Heritage Station will add to the existing mix of downtown businesses. It is designed to provide opportunities for start ups who otherwise could not manage larger retail space. Monthly leases at Heritage Station currently range from just over $134 to $590, depending on the size of the space. “This is a pioneering opportunity,” McChesney said. “Community leaders listened to the needs of the creative class and responded by establishing a space that will help them develop successful businesses, create a wonderful space with great energy, and greatly add to the quality of life in our region,” she said.

Entrepreneurs who would like to learn more about opportunities at Heritage Station are invited to contact Tyson Compton, Director of the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-525-7333 or Stacy McChesney at stacy.mcchesney.firefly@gmail.com.


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