For Brandon Wood, opening his own business downtown was something he had always wanted to do.
You could say it runs in his family.
Wood is a third-generation business owner in downtown Winter Garden. His great-grandparents owned an appliance store, and his mother and grandparents also owned a plumbing store. It seemed natural he would follow in their footsteps.
“I was born and raised here, and my whole family is from here,” Wood said. “It’s a whole legacy.”
Wood took his first step into the business world July 31 when he opened the Main House Market in downtown Winter Garden. Its product is something not many people would expect, nor have heard of: kombucha.
Kombucha is a lightly fermented, effervescent, sweetened black tea drink that can be made into a variety of different flavors. Some of those include lemon ginger, blood orange, strawberry and vanilla oak.
Wood and Breanne D’Amato, co-owner of Main House Market, first met when they worked at Adjectives Market. Later, they decided to partner and open a kombucha bar so they can give Winter Garden a taste of kombucha in its purest form.
“Breanne and I always liked kombucha, but a lot of the store brands you get are not fermented correctly and could upset your stomach even more,” Wood said. “We wanted to bring local kombucha so people can taste what a kombucha should taste like.”
Part of creating that kind of experience is working with local kombucha vendors to provide the product. All the kombucha the shop sells is provided by Mother Kombucha from St. Petersburg, Farm Boy from Orlando and Kombucha Wagon from Winter Park.
Currently, the bar sells kombucha with some desserts such as macarons. It also acts as a quasi-antique store — all the furniture inside is available for purchase, as are plants and local art. Wood is hoping to expand to include more food once the business gets more established, as well as become a community gathering space.
“We want everyone to feel welcomed,” he said. “That is all we can ask for in a place. We can say we’d like to change people’s minds about kombucha and things like that, but the one thing is that vibe. We want to create that vibe where people want to come here.”