In December 2014, a fun little shop popped up on Main Street in Oneonta. Full of cool finds and vintage goodies, this quaint new addition has grown into one of downtown Oneonta’s most treasured establishments. Now, the Pink Porch Market has been selected as the 2021 Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
Owner Dawn Glass (right) has created a destination shop with the Pink Porch Market, drawing customers from across Blount County as well as Birmingham. She is constantly rotating and updating the merchandise so everything always has a fresh, new look.
Six years after she first opened her doors, Glass opened up a new set of doors just across the street. The new space is twice as large, but just as charming and quaint. With more space, Glass has expanded and changed her merchandise. She’s brought in gift items and home decor to mix in with the vintage.
“I wanted to provide a service for a larger audience,” she said. “For me, I really want to focus on women of all ages and from all walks of life. But vintage is in my heart. I love how people connect with different vintage items. I will always keep that part of the Pink Porch.
“More than anything, though, I want the Pink Porch Market to be a happy place. I want it to be a place for people to come and to feel good.”
Back in 2014, Glass had been toying around with the idea of opening her own shop. Living on Pine Mountain, she would often head this direction for groceries. One day on her way to the store, she decided to drive through downtown, which led to a stop at Miller’s Soda Shoppe for a milkshake and a chance encounter with a sweet lady who’s become a dear friend.
“I got my milkshake and realized I had left my wallet at home,” Glass said. “I felt so bad and I was so embarrassed, but Cindy just said ‘It’s ok; you can just pay next time you’re here.’ Then as I walked out with my milkshake feeling all lovey lovey I saw that pink building and the rest is history.
“This downtown business community is so supportive of each other. Downtown has changed so much and it’s exciting to be a part of it. Everyone I know with a business downtown is doing something they have a passion about. That passion carries over into their business and their customers.
“As difficult and challenging as last year was, Oneonta has this amazing group of local supporters who carried us through. And I think those that didn’t always shop local first discovered that Oneonta does have so much to offer.”
The Pink Porch Market is located at 216B First Avenue East in historic downtown Oneonta. You can find her online at www.pinkporch.com or look for the Pink Porch Market on Facebook and Instagram.