Photo by Dave Warner – Joseph Chilelli, along with Herkimer Mary Dana Perry, friends, visitors, employees, and dignitaries showed up to cut the ribbon on the expansion of the Mohawk Valley Community Market. Chilelli has restored 20,000 of the 100,000-square foot building and says he’s already working on future plans for the remaining areas.

By JESSICA ARSENAULT RIVENBURG

HERKIMER – The Mohawk Valley Community Market cut the ribbon on an expansion Friday morning, opening the way for dozens of additional vendors.

Located in the former Munger’s Department Store building at 142 North Main Street in Herkimer, the market opened in July 2020. The market, commonly referred to as a vendor mall, is comprised of multiple independent vendors offering artisan and vintage goods.

“It’s another, different kind of shopping experience for the community,” explained Joseph Chilelli, owner of the Mohawk Valley Community Market.

After extensive renovations, the building’s lower level is now open for vendors.

From the mid-80s up until last year, the bottom floor housed a gym, Chilelli said. Over the past few months or so, Chilelli oversaw renovations which included a floor replacement and the restoration of the central grand staircase.

“That was a rewarding project,” he said. “We tried to save a lot of the features from the original store.”

The newly opened lower level also houses a small museum of artifacts from and information about the original Munger’s store, which first came to Herkimer in 1918.

For more information, visit the community market’s website at https://mohawkvalleycommunitymarket.com/.