Settler's Country Market
In the heart of downtown Moses LakeHealth Matters
Settler’s Country Market originally opened in Ephrata, Washington in 2002- Quite by accident! Dock Womack, the owner, had purchased the building on Basin Street with the intention of using his 30+ years of horticulture experience to put in a retail plant nursery. The building was in terrible shape. The roof had collapsed and you could see the sky from inside. Dock, with the help of his dad, refurbished the building.When the nursery plan didn’t pan out due to the cost of water, Dock instead decided to lease his newly remodeled property. He put out some wine barrels with plywood over the top for a makeshift table and asked his friend at Spokane Produce to put some of his organic veggies on it and began showing the building.Very quickly Dock started to receive inquiries into getting some other things residents were looking for. He put out a special request sheet and it started to fill up. The requests kept coming and Dock filled all the space with items people had a hard time finding locally. That is how Settler’s Country Market came to be! Eight years later and after multiple requests for a store in Moses Lake, Dock opened up his second store in Vista Village, next to Chico’s Pizza, where it remained for over 6 years.
Dock’s intention from the beginning was to find a permanent location for his Moses Lake store. After looking at many properties, Dock and his wife Penny decided the best spot was in the heart of downtown Moses Lake, right by the clock tower. The current location, 118 W Third Avenue, former home of Red Rock Creek Furniture Gallery, had been empty for the previous 8 years. The couple spent weeks tearing out old carpet and tile, installing brand new flooring, tearing down walls and painting. The new location opened right after Thanksgiving. Dock and his staff are thrilled to be part of the downtown scene. “The neighboring businesses have welcomed us with open arms”, says Operations Manager, Danette Preston. “Downtown is where my heart is. I had a shop across the street from our current location for several years and I loved being part of it, so I’m thrilled to be back. The events that are held on these streets throughout the year really bring a sense of community and the space we have now gives us the opportunity to grow.” And grow, they plan to do! More than doubling their space, the crew has plans of adding a Café and a reference room where patrons can peruse through books on health, herbs & product information while sipping a hot tea or organic smoothie. Plans are in the works for educational classes and seminars on a monthly basis. “We want to cover topics that are of interest to our customers. We appreciate any suggestions. We are here to serve you, so we love to hear your ideas!”
Also, coming soon are bulk herbs, teas and spices, and tempting chocolates made with honey. “We’ve had some issues getting our refrigerator and freezer units up and running since the move, but once it’s back up we will continue to offer our fresh milk and eggs, meats & cheeses.
“We have a lot of fun things planned. We are active on social media so we’re looking forward to doing more promotional things on Facebook and Instagram. For example, right now if you take a selfie at the store and tag us along with Kicking Horse Coffee, you get a free bag of Organic coffee on the spot!”
Come in your new store and help us grow in the direction you want to see us go. We are here to serve your needs and plan to have a lot of fun doing it!
By Danette Preston, Operations Manager Settler's Country Market