Hurricane might be hours from New York City, but a local couple has worked to bring one of their favorite concepts from the Big Apple to Putnam County.
Leah and Thor Meeks recently opened The Putnam Market, a New York-style retail market featuring fresh flowers and arrangements, fine goods and gifts, provisions, and more.
“We’ve always wanted to have something like this. Ever since living here, we’ve dreamed of having a market. Thor loves all things culinary and cooking, and I love flowers and gifting and entertaining,” she said. “This is both of our passions mixing together.”
The couple lived in Manhattan for a year while Leah worked toward a master’s degree in fashion merchandising. They knew they wanted to come back to West Virginia, she said, so they shifted gears a little.
“We kind of got used to the lifestyle of going places and being able to pick out fresh flowers, stuff to cook dinner, a coffee and picking up a gift for a friend. All in one place,” she said. “We wanted to create a one-stop shop to have all of those things.”
The Putnam Market officially opened its doors Oct. 11. The market is located on Teays Valley Road across from Hurricane City Park.
The Putnam Market sells hot coffee, sourced from Charleston, South Carolina. Provisions are from brands the couple discovered while living in New York City or while traveling together — things not found in the local area. Pre-packaged baked goods are also for sale, prepared by Britney Higginbothom, owner of Sweet B’s Bakery.
Guests can also purchase curated, or make their own, gift baskets, fitting any budget, Meeks said. She said she also has plans to hold a holiday wreath-making class after the Thanksgiving holiday and has opened the market space up to those interested in hosting events there.
“This is blank canvas,” she said. “That’s what we like about this.”
But the market’s biggest draw is its array of fresh flowers.
Upon walking into the market, guests are greeted by a large table filled with colorful, seasonal flowers. The market’s Instagram and Facebook pages are filled with photos of arrangements made by Meeks and customers.
Meeks and her sister started an event planning and wedding business almost two years ago, which ignited her passion for floral arranging.
Shoppers can come to the market and create their own arrangements to fit their budget, and Meeks will wrap them to go home.
Customers can also order arrangements for any occasion — and the market also offers a flower delivery service. Meeks said the idea behind the flowers was to offer something a little different than a traditional trip to a grocery store floral department or a florist.
“We wanted to break the mold of how people traditionally shop for flowers and order an arrangement for someone,” she said.
The Putnam Market does not serve food, but Meeks said she has plans of offering pre-packed salads and sandwiches, similar to offerings at stores like Whole Foods.
While Putnam County might not seem like a fit for a New York-style market, Meeks said the couple has learned the opposite to be true.
Friends and family were “looking for something different,” she said, and ever since opening the market has been a success.
“We want people to come here and feel like they can sit down and enjoy themselves. But then you have people that are in a rush and want to grab stuff to make dinner and be on the go. That’s great, too. We want to serve kind of depending on the day. Something that can fit your needs in whatever way you’re looking to shop,” she said. “We wanted it, first and foremost, for the community. We wanted to create a community marketplace.”
The Putnam Market is located at 3550 Teays Valley Road, Suite #4 in Hurricane. The market is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, like The Putnam Market on Facebook.