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Out of the office
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: August 24, 2017

Market moving to Main St.

Valley Center will be the new home of an existing business in the coming weeks.

The Cottage Market, which has been in operation in the Artisan Lane shopping center of Kechi for the past two years, plans to lease space in the building at 200 W. Main in Valley Center next month.

Co-owner Amanda Maness said the move will give the business room to grow.

"It's sad to leave Kechi," she said. "But it will always be 1,000 square feet. That's not going to change. We can't grow anymore. We're out of space."

The Cottage Market sells a variety of primitive, antique and repurposed furniture and household furnishings as well as clothing and healthy alternative food in a "modern farmhouse" themed shop. About 50 percent of the merchandise is sold on consignment.

The building in Valley Center, which is owned by Lucy Burtnett, has just under 2,000 square feet of space. It has been home to the chamber of commerce for the past few years.

The chamber office plans to move next door to 204 W. Main, which is separate but in the same building, at least through Fall Fest, chamber president Brian Jansen said. After that, the chamber will be exploring options, but intends to remain downtown.

"We're excited about the possibility of space," Maness said. "That's what's awesome."

Maness said she hopes to be able to rent the space at 204 W. Main in the future.

Maness who grew up in Bennington, a small town north of Salina has lived in Valley Center for the past four years.

She and her husband, Chad, have two children, Cash and Cruz.

The Cottage Market's other owner is Taylor O'Neal, who lives in Bel Aire.

Maness said she looked for larger facilities all over, including Wichita, but wanted to remain in a small town.

"I'm a small-town girl with a small-town heart," she said. "Nothing else seemed to fit. This just felt better. This is where I live. I like the feel of it."

The business hosts art and crafts events. In its current location, Maness said she has to relocate a lot of merchandise to make room.

The Cottage Market is expected to be open by Fall Fest, which is Sept. 22 and 23.

We'll be glad to have a new neighbor in downtown Valley Center.

Though they often take place in small increments, things have been happening down here over the past few months.

First of all, nearly every storefront in the 100 and 200 blocks of West Main has filled up or is spoken for, thanks to recent announcements, including ones made by The Cottage Market and the Pathway Valley Center campus, which will lease the former All Saints building at Park and Main for its office staff starting next month.

Other improvements have included new signs and awnings at the Edward Jones and Sew Much More buildings, a coat of paint and new windows at Tom Harris' building at Main and Ash and, more behind the scene (or above the scene, whichever way you want to look at it), a roof job at the Botts building on the other side of the Main and Ash intersection.

You'll be able to see for yourself on Sept. 9. Main Street Valley Center will host another Food Trucks on Main Street event from 5 to 9 p.m. that day. We're inviting some new trucks and bringing back some of our favorites.

We're hoping for another great turnout.

Chris Strunk is publisher of The Ark Valley News. Reach him at 755-0821 or, or find him on Facebook.

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