Village Flea to 'help Monroeville shine a little brighter'

Zoe Greszler • Jun 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — As Monroeville gears up to give itself a new image and revival, the community and local businesses have no intention of sitting back and waiting for it to happen. They’re helping the village charge full speed ahead.

LynMarie’s Coffee on Main will host a Village Flea, a community-wide celebration and gathering event to get the area residents in the community spirit. It will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Milan Street and Herrick Alley. The two roads will be closed that day to accommodate the festivities.

Owners Jessica Wasserman and Stephanie VanFleet, of Monroeville, are excited for the event which will feature 38 vendors, in addition to food trucks. There also will be live music played throughout the day, with performers including Emily Keener and Kevin Obermeyer. A children’s tent also will provide plenty of family-fun activities, so all ages can enjoy the event.

To top it all off, a blue ribbon pie contest will be held with an auction.

Admission gets those in attendance into the market and access to the concerts and activities. LynMarie’s Coffee also will sell commemorative mugs and T-shirts to help all remember the special day.

“It’s going to be really fun,” Wasserman said. “It’s going to be a flea market. Essentially what we’re doing is exposing different vendors to the community and a time to get everyone together and boost our pride.

“We’ll be donating everything back into Monroeville,” she added. “All proceeds go back to the community. We want to give back and to beautify the town — whether that’s with a mural or getting together to get some nice flower boxes or small shrubs and trees. It’s just so we can start that process, so we can help Monroeville shine a little brighter.”

That’s the whole point of the flee market. Wasserman and VanFleet said after celebrating their 10th anniversary in Monroeville this year, they began thinking about the future. Since the community supported them throughout the past decade — despite some doubts that a coffee shop could succeed in the village — the sisters wanted to know what they could do in return.

“We can sense a certain pride and love here even more recently,” Wasserman said. “There’s a lot of deeply-rooted families in the village. It’s a different energy now. ... It’s just a bright spot (in the area). This will be a beacon of hope for our future with our new energy we can feel.”