Lifelong Monroe resident Sonia Hudson has fond memories of her childhood in the Orchard East neighborhood.

She’d often ride her bike to a local shop to grab ice cream or a treat. Decades later, the 33-year-old mother is excited her kids will have that opportunity with the opening of several new businesses in the neighborhood. 

“It’s crazy to think my kids will be able to have that (experience) now,” said Hudson.

She is the manager of Village Market, 1104 E. Fourth St., which opened to customers over the weekend. The market also is home to Oaks Creamery, an ice cream shop, and also will house East Side Beauty Supply.

Creating a new market in the neighborhood was achieved through the efforts of Pastor Heather Boone, who said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a desperate need for access to healthy food in the area.

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