The Cannery Center: Not Just Another Strip Mall

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By Rachel Madison

December 2, 2014

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In the early 2000s, a historic North Ogden building, once a thriving cannery factory, was facing demolition. That’s when Sharlene and Shawn Maynard came to its rescue. The couple purchased the building, and over the last decade, the two have worked to restore the building and reopen it as a retail center for the local community.

“We’ve worked to make [the building] more of a place where people would like to come in and shop,” Sharlene says. “We have a lot of people in here every day who say, ‘It’s such a neat old building. We’re glad it’s here and that it’s not just another strip mall.’ The building has some character and history to it.”

The Maynards rent out retail space to businesses such as Great Harvest Bread and Vintage Game Room Machines, and they own businesses there such as Bullfrog Spas and Utah Fireplace. But the shining star of the retail center is their boutique and furniture gallery, aptly named The Cannery.

The boutique sells everything from furniture and home décor to jewelry and clothing. “We have about 50 different vendors who sell things on consignment here,” Sharlene says. “We have local craftsmen that make jewelry and refurbished furniture, so we’ve got lots of fun gift ideas.”

The boutique sees a lot of customers in around the holidays, especially those looking for unique gifts for friends and family. Just this Thanksgiving, the Maynards decided to host a market for their vendors, who were able to set up booths and sell their wares. “This is the first time we’ve done something like this, but it’s gotten some good response, so it’s probably something we’ll do moving forward—maybe again in the spring,” Sharlene says.

The Maynards strive to get mostly handmade items to sell, because they believe it adds more value and character to the gifts when it comes from someone who made it locally. In the future, the couple hopes to work with designers who can help customers decorate their homes with items purchased from The Cannery. They also hope to have a restaurant move into their building.

“We really just hope to keep doing what we’re doing and bring more people to find us here,” Sharlene says. “When they do, they realize we’ve got something unique.”

The Cannery Center is located at 2005 N. Washington Blvd. in North Ogden.

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