Thanks to a couple of Evansville entrepreneurs, a downtown building more than 100 years old has received a makeover with the intent of returning the property back to its retail roots.

Located at the corner of the Main Street Walkway and 2nd Street, the Bitterman Building was constructed in 1906 as a home for Bitterman’s Jewelers, and later Rowe's Imports before closing it's doors in the late 1960's.

That is until Mike Miller and Chandra Maxheimer recently saw an opportunity to utilize the space for the area's growing interest in buying and selling local products and food.

Farmer's Markets are nothing new to the Evansville area with the outdoor market taking place in the empty lot of the old Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Evansville during a portion of the year, and the weekly Franklin Street Bazaar hosted by the Franklin Street Events Association.

The Bitterman's Farmer's Market will offer a similar atmosphere as the outdoor markets, the main difference being it will be indoors.

According to a press release on the Bitterman's Shoppes website, a wide variety of products will be available when the market opens its doors this Friday, including 100% natural soaps from Soap Solutions, hand crafted clothes and accessories from Be, puppy tested, people approved canine treats and desserts by Bear’s Bones Bakery, women’s boutique items from Roffe’ Boutique, and, fresh-pressed organic juices from Evansville’s Sunshine Juice Company.

Locally grown food will also be available including barbecue sauce by Chat’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce, fresh baked items from Artisan Bread, grass-fed meat by Stonewall Farms, locally grown goods from Engelbrecht’s, and Reimann’s Farms, green house produce throughout the cold season from Stohl’s and Bud’s Tomatoes, and, locally-roasted coffee from Dandy’s Slow Coffee.

The market will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. both days.

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