New shop brings the world to Forest Grove
Walking through the door of Maraki Market, it feels like being brought into someone's free spirited yet carefully crafted home. Wooden shelves featuring bags and pillows made from textiles like African mud cloth line the walls of downtown Forest Grove's newest store.
Maraki Market, now located on 2114 Main St., is inspired by a Greek word meaning to do something with soul, creativity and love.
Its owners, Katheryn Hutt and Debbie Schaffner, are a mother-daughter duo who hope to do just that.
The store will serve as not only as a shopping destination, but a place to take classes and receive services like haircuts and counseling.
Hutt is a hair stylist and esthetician who previously owned Maraki Salon in a suite located on the third floor of 2004 Main St.
Hutt will continue to cut and style hair in the new location.
"I complained how there is no good shopping in Forest Grove," Hutt said. "I was thinking about my long-term goals and how long I wanted to do hair, and what to do after that."
Her mother, Schaffner, studied herbalism for more than 20 years and owns Sprig and Root Botanicals in Forest Grove.
Together, Schaffner and Hutt's individual specialties sparked into the idea to create a place that encompasses wellness products and items found around the world.
"We inspire one another," Hutt said. "She was trying to get her herbal business off the ground and I told her I wanted to expand mine."
The two are joined by Kelsey Trostle, one of Hutt's former clients who Hutt said she "instantly clicked with."
Trostle calls herself Maraki Market's "back office guru."
"She has all the skills my mom and I completely lack." Hutt said. "(Trostle) also shares this vision on how she wants to contribute to Forest Grove."
Trostle said she feels a family connection to Hutt and Schaffner.
"It is awesome to see a team who love each other day in and day out," Trostle said.
The shop has a global influeince, Hutt said. Her sister recently returned from a trip to Uganda, bringing back several products, including wooden bowls and spoons, which are currently for sale at the shop.
"Travel is a thing in our family," Hutt said. "Part of having the home goods and textiles is asking how can we support communities that may be struggling and bring it to the table here."
Hutt said she traveled around before returning to Forest Grove to become a business owner.
"Growing up in Forest Grove, I wanted something that is exciting to people that can open up imagination," Hutt said. "For me, going out and being able to travel, it opened my mind and I feel like the shop can give people a taste of other cultures and way of doing things."
Beyond a global influence, the team said they want to support local businesses as well.
"We wanted it to be safe for our community by not selling things that do not pollute and that are ecofriendly," Schaffner said.
Maraki Market will offer classes beginning Monday, Sept. 17. Schaffner will teach others on how to use beeswax food wraps she personally makes.
"We want to show people how to use some of these things we sell in their everyday life," Hutt said.
On top of classes, Maraki Market's building will be used for counseling appointments, Hutt said.
Hair services by Hutt will include women, men and children's cuts, as well as color services.
Its hours are set to be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday through Fridays, and until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays when Forest Grove holds its weekly farmers market.
By Janae Easlon
Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune971-762-1166
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