The new owner of the old Manna Mills has big ideas for the space.
“Eventually, I want it to be like a small city in there,” Mike Scribner, of Edmonds, said.
It will be a while before it gets there, he said. But local residents who miss Manna Mills will get to shop at the new Community Goods general store soon.
A soft opening for the store is planned to happen soon. At that point, shoppers can expect to see both new and used goods as well as hardware supplies. Bulk foods will likely not be available during the soft opening, but Scribner said he has plans to offer bulk foods eventually.
He said his goal is to have all organic bulk foods, just like Manna before him.
Before he can purchase bulk foods, however, he needs to know what people will buy. He plans to survey shoppers as they come in during the soft opening to find out which foods people buy in bulk, and how often they buy it.
Scribner also wants to eventually open a small cafe in the back of the 12,000-square-foot space.
For now, he is still looking for local artisans who want to have their products sold at Community Goods — items like handmade soaps or scarves. Local artisans can connect with him by emailing email@example.com.
Community Goods is located at 21705 66th Ave. W.