Ben and Jaime England wanted to raise their children in Manning. Ben found employment with Puck Custom Enterprises and Jaime pursued a dream to own her own business. She purchased an empty storefront on Main Street from the Manning Betterment Foundation and completely renovated the building interior. She was successful. Her business, The Market Place, was recognized with a statewide reward from Main Street Iowa for Best Interior Rehabilitation!
A BIG transformation was necessary. The new interior had to look different, smell different and feel different. It needed to be open, inviting and fun. Jaime envisioned a place that makes people feel good when walking in…something unexpected, especially for a small town. It needed to feel like a destination - even for the locals.
The thought, research, and physical work of the interior renovation process seemed overwhelming. Jaime designed an interior which looked good but functioned even better. First impressions are lasting and The Market Place provides a WOW factor.
Demolition included removal of the false ceiling and wall plaster covering the original bricks. The 50-foot span of front windows dramatically provides interior natural light. Uncovering the rear windows provides a see-thru look. Original tin roof decking now serves as the ceiling and sets a weathered background for shiny new exposed ductwork. Modern track lighting contrasts the vintage warehouse feel. The 100-foot long brick wall is softened by wood-look flooring. A fresh coat of grey paint for one wall provides a neutral backdrop to updated wood shelving units which belonged to a prior occupant- a department store 50 years ago.
Wood removed from the massive ceiling was reclaimed for framing back rooms, finishing counters and bathroom ceilings and creating a sliding barn door. The bathroom roofline showcases clay tiles, stamped 1924, from the original Manning Hospital which was torn down from its former Main Street address. A checkout counter from the old department store, now proudly topped with salvaged vitrolite glass from the exterior front façade, was also repurposed and is nestled between two reclaimed wood beams at the storefront.
The open floorplan is essential to keeping the space flexible. Plumbing was restricted to one wall, suggesting a natural traffic pattern between the coffee bar, seating, and restrooms. A children’s play area boasting a chalkboard wall (and photography background) is conveniently located near the seating area, which doubles as space for hosting a variety of classes and social activities: canvas painting, jewelry making, and more. Bright patio lights are strung overhead to provide additional lighting. Large painted shelving carts repurposed from the prior department store and other display units are outfitted with wheels to easily rearrange the store, which happens frequently. Antique wooden ladders are often used for displays and even become a well-loved Christmas tree during the holiday season.
The Market Place serves the community and surrounding area by providing a coffee shop, retail and social activities. The Market Place is an integral element of Manning’s vitality and vibrancy. Shoppers come from all over central and western Iowa. It serves as an inspiration to the community and other entrepreneurs. This Main Street Iowa award confirms Jaime’s vision and puts a stamp of approval on the overall design of The Market Place.