Friday, September 19, 2014

Montage Market in Allegan (Michigan) specializes in the local

By Zinta Aistars
Published by SW Michigan's Second Wave Media
September 18, 2014

Allegan (Michigan) is a small, quiet town of about 5,000 hardy souls, tucked up against the Kalamazoo River. Approaching the city on M-89, one of the first signs of entering downtown is the truss bridge, built in 1886, that crosses the river and leads into the center of the city. Take a quick left after crossing the bridge onto Brady Street, and the first to draw your eye are the brightly colored umbrellas over sidewalk tables outside a specialty market. 

Montage Market, located at 137 Brady Street, is owned by Dan and Marcia Wagner. The couple also own one of Allegan’s most popular restaurants, The Grill House, and a catering service and banquet hall inside a renovated grain silo called, aptly, The Silo. They opened Montage Market in spring of 2010, and the store has done a bustling business since.

“There aren’t many places like Montage,” says Monica Reich, manager of the store. “We offer many unique Michigan craft beers and wines from Michigan wineries, but we also have a deli with fresh items daily.”

The historic building where Montage Market is located was built in 1890, originally the Wedge Office Machines location. The Wagners gave its historic value and charm extra attention, keeping that sense of a grocery store from a day gone by. The store even has its original wood floors, polished to a fine sheen.

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