North Pines Market merges retail with crafty classes

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Stepping off Main Street on a cold and blustery afternoon into North Pines Market is a full sensory experience.

North Pines Market owner Veronica Marpoe locally sources all the merchandise found in the store. "We shop small and buy small," Marpoe said. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

North Pines Market owner Veronica Marpoe locally sources all the merchandise found in the store. "We shop small and buy small," Marpoe said. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

North Pines Market offers locally sourced gifts, custom furniture pieces and workshops making the barn signs pictured here. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

North Pines Market offers locally sourced gifts, custom furniture pieces and workshops making the barn signs pictured here. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

The smell of pine needles and fresh wood accompanies the wide assortment of clothes, gifts and furniture.

Veronica Marpoe and husband Jeremy opened the store in June after mulling the idea over for years while they waited for the right space. "It's a great layout, there's lots of retail and the back area where we have this area to build," Veronica said.

Veronica's degree in graphic design and Jeremy's skills as a carpenter matched to make the store come alive. "We've always been into design and creating things."

The storefront leads to a large workshop where Veronica leads hands-on do-it-yourself classes. She says the classes get people off their screens and creating something tangible."In our space, we showcase our love for making and designing and we're helping others to do the same in our workshop."

Heading into the dead of winter the store will be offering more building classes to include items such as headboards, end tables and blanket ladders. Veronica says she's bringing something different and is not out to compete with other small businesses.

"I'm hoping to be a staple in town that brings other people in," she said. "Come do a workshop and see how great our town is and all the little shops." 

North Pines Market offers locally sourced gifts, custom furniture pieces and workshops making the barn signs pictured here. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

North Pines Market offers locally sourced gifts, custom furniture pieces and workshops making the barn signs pictured here. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

North Pines Market owner Veronica Marpoe locally sources all the merchandise found in the store. "We shop small and buy small," Marpoe said. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

North Pines Market owner Veronica Marpoe locally sources all the merchandise found in the store. "We shop small and buy small," Marpoe said. (Carter Jones / Perham Focus)

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