Main House Market is asking the community for its help in raising funds for the business' move out of downtown Winter Garden.
Brandon Wood, owner of MHM, has started a GoFundMe to raise funds for the cost of moving to a different location.
"Many of you have asked us how you can help and how we can fight together but in the end the best thing for us to do is move to an amazing location where the store can thrive and grow all the while giving back to the community in creating that all inclusive safe space," Wood wrote on the GoFundMe. "With that said, we are so excited for this next chapter and more importantly the growth of our business."
Wood's decision to move comes following his decision to bring events such as burlesque shows and drag queen bingo to MHM because he wanted to provide an all-inclusive and safe environment in Winter Garden.
As a business, Wood said he wants to thank everyone in the community who has reached out with their kind words and willingness to want to help MHM succeed.
"We do hope the same targeting and discrimination will never happen to another business entering the Winter Garden area," Wood wrote. "I will be sad to leave my hometown and the community that welcomed us."
Wood was born and raised in Winter Garden. He is a sixth-generation Winter Garden resident and-fourth generation business owner.
Although he said he never thought he would open his business in Winter Garden, he felt it was fate when the spot became available. MHM opened July 31, 2021, at 108 S. Main St.
The business operates as a small goods store, with numerous small vendors with limited product inside, hosts a vegan foods shop, and sells kombucha teas and canned beers.
Wood said he hopes the community will think about donating to the move because every little bit helps.
He also thanked the community for its continued support through the challenging time.
Wood shared the new location for the business will be announced soon.
To learn more about MHM, click here.
To donate to Wood's GoFundMe, click here.