Local businesswoman Michelle Harbin has opened Harbin Hollow Local Market featuring natural foods and products that are produced in the area.
She is known for Harbin Hollow Elderberry Syrup which is widely distributed in this area. Harbin became interested in providing local products when she took over as the director of Portland’s Farmers Market. The new store had a successful soft opening last week with many people stopping by to check out what was available.
Customer Terry Maggert said, “Harbin Hollow is cozy, fun, and filled with things you won’t find in ordinary stores. Michelle knows how to bring the best of Tennessee and Sumner into one place. I found everything from honey to bacon, and even a few things I hadn’t expected. I can’t wait to go back.”
Harbin has filled the freezers with meat from Emily’s Livestock and J’s Meats. Vegetable suppliers are E Habeggar’s Produce, Oak Grove Farms, and The Garden in Lafayette.
The coolers and shelves are filled with gourmet flavored local butters from Wise Butter, French baguettes from Cocorico, and cheesecakes from Cheese Cake & Company.
Langley Hatchers provides chicken and quail eggs and the milk products are Tennessee Real Milk from Groves Family Dairy.
The market also features sauces, spices, seasonings, and marinades including Beasley’s Smokehouse Rub, Gillie Chester’s Nashville Hot! products for pork and chicken, and EV Originals chipotle peach sauce.
Plants are supplied by Hoop House. Other items include apparel, local honey, beverages, canned goods, flower bouquets, jams, jellies, preserves, and the Harbin Hollow product line.
Harbin said, “We chose to start with a soft opening for a variety of reasons. We wanted to be mindful of the health and safety of the shoppers and our staff as we open a new business in the midst of a global pandemic. We also felt it was best to keep attendance numbers manageable as we learn our point of sale system and the general flow of the store as customers visited for the first time.
“It all went wonderfully and we are so grateful for the support we received from the Portland community. This weekend’s kickoff was just a glimpse into all we plan to offer, so follow Harbin Hollow on FaceBook and Instagram as we add new inventory daily.”
Customers can also place orders online and choose local pickup at checkout or curbside. All items can be shipped except meat, dairy, and produce anywhere in the United States.
In addition to making local products available to people in the area, the market will be as asset to the community in many ways. They will be supporting local small businesses by purchasing products from them to sell, and at the same time, creating jobs which will stimulate the economy. The local market is located at 809 N. Broadway.