(Editor: Throughout the month of February, across our Blog and Social Media platforms, we will celebrate Geauga small businesses while highlighting GCPL resources for small businesses. We reached out to Geauga County small business owners and asked them for the story behind their businesses as well as any advice they have to offer other small business owners and those looking to start their own small businesses. First up: Molly’s Market, owned by Linda and Larry Legg. This post comes from Larry.)
Molly’s Market LLC was founded in 2013.
Molly’s Market LLC was started by Linda and me to provide us something we could do together after our retirement. We have both worked 40+ years in many different occupations and knew we would have to find something to occupy our time. I traveled extensively in my work and wanted something we could do together in a local setting.
We always enjoyed going to local craft shows and markets and thought that with Linda’s artistic skills and my business skills we could make a go of this.
We were surprised to learn how much work was involved in the start up of a business and the effort necessary to keep it going. I started by forming a Limited Liability Corporation. A vendor’s license was necessary to participate in shows and farmers markets, so we applied for that through the State. We had to open business accounts with suppliers, keep records for taxes, and research all the requirements to properly label our products.
Our business was named after our sweet Dalmatian, Molly. We thought the name would be easier to remember than Larry’s Market.
Our first shows in local churches taught us what products sell well and what customers are looking for. We started out offering my custom blended spice and sugar mixes, lip balms and lotions, and baking mixes in mason jars. We wanted to expand our line of natural products and Linda had always wanted to try soap making. We both attended a class at Middlefield Library in soap making. After that class, we were hooked. Our line of soaps is now one of our best sellers. We have narrowed our offering to spice blends, sugar blends, lotions, homemade soaps and therapeutic items, along with Linda’s wine jellies.
Molly’s Market has expanded to several consignment stores, the Chardon Farmer’s Market and the Hambden Farmer’s Market. We are working on a line of soaps that will be featured in a new Winery.
Larry Legg is also a Driver for GCPL’s Mobile Services fleet. He is currently reading Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmead. Linda is reading Atkins Eat Right not Less and any new cookbook the Fun Bus has!