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ABOUT THE HOMETOWN MARKET
 

Mel Shea has been planning markets in the Headwaters region since 2020. With community as her main focus, she strives to provide a family friendly market experience that also gives back to our local charities in our community. Every market offers something for everyone with free admission. 

Experience Our Community

The Hometown Market is located in the heart of Headwaters, and it is a place where people come together to socialize, shop, eat, and discover all our community has to offer. In its current form, the market is located at various local venues, offering a unique variety of local businesses, live music, kids activities, and entertainment. 

The Hometown Market is an event that prides itself on a free family experience. 

Community-Support Initiative 

At every market we partner with a local charity/organization who benefits our community. Upon entry (which is free admission) we ask if you are able to please leave a donation to this very special cause. The Hometown Market will also be donating 10% from each market to support each charity we host at our markets. 

Melissa Shea
Founder of The Hometown Market 

Hello my loves! My name is Michaela I am 23 years old and a recent York University Graduate! I run my own virtual bake shoppe called Barbie’s Bake Shoppe.

Being a small business owner has opened me up to the market atmosphere where I was lucky enough to meet Mel! I have been attending markets for the last 2 years and  I am so thrilled to start this new chapter as the Market Director for  our Vaughan-King City Branch! I am so excited to get started and for having the opportunity  to help others expand their businesses.

I hope to see you at our markets I have so many plans to make market season a success for all. We all may be small but together we are HUGE!

Michaela Barbieri 
Market Director of The Hometown Market Vaughan-King City

Hi Friends!! My name is Joanna, mama of two and a small business owner. I am super excited to embark on this journey as your market director here in my hometown of Mississauga and surrounding areas.
 
I currently run a virtual baking company called “The Bake Bae”, where I specialize in giant gourmet stuffed cookies. Starting this company has opened up many opportunities and ignited previous passions, one of which being markets and event planning. I have been blessed to be able to participate in many markets and meet so many amazing and talented small business owners along the way. 
 
My goal is to help empower each and every one of you through markets and beyond. I’m so thrilled to work alongside some great local charities, as well and put together events where community is the number one priority. A safe, fun, family space to network and connect, where every one is welcome!

Joanna La Rosa 
Market Director of The Hometown Market Mississauga-Oakville

Hello beautiful people! My name is Michelle, I am a full time child and youth worker and owner of Most Beautiful Gifts!

 

I have been doing markets for the past year and could not be more excited to be the Market Director for Brampton and Georgetown! I am all about community and fun, and I will strive to make these markets unique and FUN! 

 

I have lots of ideas in mind already and cannot wait to share everything with you! I am excited to bring this community together and share all the amazing small businesses within our community! I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all.

Michelle Frey 
Market Director of The Hometown Market Brampton-Georgetown
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Upcoming Markets

Join the fun!

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A Partnership with the Canadian Celiac Association

Davis Family Farm 

Saturday October 1st & Sunday October 2nd

9:00 am to 3:00pm 

15770 Mountainview Rd.

Caledon, ON

Pick of the Patch 

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A Partnership with the Ontario SPCA & Humane Society 

Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre

Banquet Hall 

Saturday October 8th

10:00 am to 2:00pm 

6 Northem Way

Orangeville, ON

Thankful for Local

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A Partnership with Headwaters Health Care Centre

Hockley Valley Farm  

Sunday October 30th

10:00 am to 2:00pm 

307509 Hockley Road

Orangeville, ON

A Bewitching Soiree

Only 3 months until Christmas! It's time to start preparing for the most magical time of the year! These 5 Christmas Markets will be sure to get you into the Christmas Spirit!

"Oh What Fun!"
Saturday November 5th 
11:00am to 3:00pm

Boston Pizza Orangeville 
5 Buena Vista Drive 
Orangeville, ON

"Shopping Around the Christmas Tree Farm"
Saturday November 12th
10:00am to 2:00pm

Hockley Valley Farm 
307509 Hockley Road 
Orangeville, ON

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"Wrapped & Ready"
Sunday November 27th
10:00am to 2:00pm

Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre
Banquet Hall 
6 Northmen Way 
Orangeville, ON

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"A December to Remember"
Saturday December 3rd
10:00am to 5:00pm

Orangeville Fairgrounds
247090 Side Road 5
Mono, ON

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"Santa's Sleigh at Recess Play"
Sunday December 11th
9:00am to 1:00pm

Recess Play
Orangeville Mall
150 First Street
Orangeville, ON

We were Mentioned!

The Orangeville Banner 
Tuesday May 24th, 2022

Testimonials

Amy Barker 

"Mel pours her heart and soul into providing the ultimate market experience. You'll see Mel walking the grounds, intentionally checking in on her vendors and engaging with customers. Her support is unparalleled to any other market in the region. 

When a Market organizer is as involved as she is, it gives you peace of mind knowing that all your needs as a vendor will be met. My experience as a vendor has always been seamless because Mel is always accessible to answer my questions or offer her assistance. 

The Hometown Market has always been more than an opportunity to advertise my business or a place to shop. Mel and the other vendors have become like family to me. I am so grateful to be part of a community of like-minded creatives and business owners. 

Mel's Hometown Markets are nothing short of extraordinary. When you attend one of Mel's Markets I can guarantee you will become enchanted by the diverse selection of vendors, welcoming staff, and the opportunity to purchase one of a kind items."

Samantha Younger

"I can't say enough about the Hometown Market. Not only is there a little bit of something for everyone, the amount of time and care put into each market is notable.

 

I love the community feel, and the focus thats put on including something for the kids! The vendors are always so happy and engaged (you can tell they work together and support each other), and Mel is so present and involved.

 

You can tell she wants the experience to be wonderful for everyone. I love supporting local, and these markets give me an opportunity to do so. I love the small town feel. Vendor or shopper, you won't be disappointed!"

Natalie Trotta 

"I just want to thank you for everything you do at your markets. I am truly honoured that I got to be a vendor at your market and I really truly love who you are entirely as a person.

 

The support you give and great suggestions to grow with a small business is valued and greatly appreciated. I really love the way you run everything and how you really put your attention, time and dedication to the vendors, and for the market to run smoothly, creating the space to feel like home and an opportunity to become like a family.

 

I thought about this all day today and couldn’t help but share your market with even more vendors I came across today! I will continue to do so as I do more markets ! Thank you for being so amazing"

Rhowena Adolfo Patel

CEO & Founder

Healing Mama™ Co.

We have LOVED working with Mel and her markets. Her system, professionalism, responsiveness and sheer passion for supporting local businesses show through in the flawless execution of her markets. We have been to many markets/shows and Mel's markets stand out as one of our top markets to be a part of.

 

We love how she connects all the vendors ahead of time, so we have an opportunity to build relationships BEFORE the day of the market, the marketing and promotion she provides are beautiful and so well thought out, and all her guest appearances at each of her shows is such a great idea.

 

All the kiddies LOVE seeing their fave characters in real life. We love the local partnerships she brings to each market, giving back to her community in such an impactful way. We've had great sales and have built some wonderful relationships and collaborations from her markets.

 

We HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend signing up to be one of her vendors, in one or all of her markets.  Most of all, the vibe of her markets is unmatched! 

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