Maker to Main in downtown Worcester has what's fresh and local

 by Hope RudzinskiApril 17, 2022

WORCESTER - Maker to Main in Worcester showcases fresh, local ingredients and products crafted by area makers and growers across the state and throughout New England. 

Maker to Main owner Lynn Cheney said she and her staff always tell customers that the shop's products are 95% local and 5%  fair trade. She said they have a great relationship with the different local vendors and farmers.

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A large variety of local cheeses is available at Maker to Main/Image: Hope Rudzinkski for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

Maker to Main sprouted from Lettuce Be Local which launched in 2012. Its Main Street storefront opened on Feb. 21, 2020, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic touched down on the Worcester area. 

Cheney said opening during the pandemic was difficult and getting some products to the store proved to be challenging, but it motivated her to build out the shop to the best it can be.

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Mother's Day is just around the corner and Maker to Main has the perfect flower arrangements/Image: Hope Rudzinksi for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

From the pandemic and the various challenges it presented, Maker to Main pivoted and jumped on the opportunity to offer online ordering

Cheney said online ordering is still popular and convenient for many customers. The store's online shop has live inventory and is always updating so customers can see what's in stock when they're ready to order

Browsing both in store and online opens Maker to Main customers to other small businesses throughout Worcester County and beyond. 

Cheney highlighted its popular products from snack food to beer and cheese to fresh flowers. She said customers love the local beer selection and Popzup popcorn's "Butter Me Up" flavor is among the most popular snacks in store.

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A shelf full of Popzup popcorn with the popular "Butter Me Up" flavor/Image: Hope Rudzinski for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

Ultimately, Maker to Main wants to help grow the local knowledge of the local farm to store process and the importance of supporting these farms and other small businesses. 

Maker to Main is located at 328 Main Street. The store is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM. For more information, visit the Maker to Main website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Lead image: Owner Lynn Cheney (right) with staff member Stephanie Hunter.

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