“The public was super-excited about the collective,” she said. “It was unbelievable. I think people are dying for something like this in Hamilton.”
One customer sent Staton a message telling her she overheard one person say, “This is like a dream.”
From now on, she plans to have the event on Wednesdays, but with expanded hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with prior to 2 p.m. for wholesalers, and after that for sales to the general public.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, she hosted an event for those who might be interested in joining the collective and to tell them about the possibility of investing.
“It was more than I expected,” Staton said. “We had an actual investor come out, which was quite surprising. We also had farmers come out, designers from Cincinnati, so it was wonderful.”
She plans to submit a proposal by early May to purchase Hamilton’s former electric substation, a brick building at 514 Maple Ave. near downtown that Hamilton is offering to sell cheaply to someone who can develop it. That building is about a block southeast of the McDonald’s at High Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
“If we don’t get the space on Maple Avenue, obviously, our dream is still alive,” she said. “I had a great conversation with the city of Middletown’s economic development team, and they’re super-interested in what we’re doing.”