Carolyn Myers made her dream come true when she opened Brick Pond Market in the Hammond’s Ferry neighborhood in January.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own restaurant for as long as I remember,” she said. “I was in the restaurant business in my late teens and early 20s when this dream initially formed.”
She worked in restaurants in college and when she began her career in project management, it became more of a hobby, she said.
She would entertain on the weekends and cook. Later on, she did some catering.
In 2009, she took the first step toward making her passion her career. She went to the Small Business Association with her plan for a restaurant.
After speaking with the association, she decided that she needed more experience and knowledge. So she did extensive research reading everything she could about the restaurant business, attended restaurant trade shows and business workshops, and spoke to restaurant business owners.
One of those conversations led to her working at Raes Coastal Café in Augusta for 2½years to see if she really wanted to be in the restaurant business, she said.
Last summer, she decided she was ready to move forward in making her dream come true. She wanted to locate the business in Hammond’s Ferry because it reminded of her of the area where she grew up in Pittsburg, said Myers, who is also a resident of Hammond’s Ferry.
“There were sidewalks everywhere, you walked to the grocery store, the houses were close together and you knew your neighbors well,” she said. “I love that urban feel.”
She surveyed fellow Hammond’s Ferry residents to find out what they wanted.
“What I have here is what they were asking for--very casual, salads, sandwiches, homemade items and convenience items,” she said.
Brick Pond Market, located in the former Hammond’s Ferry leasing office, includes both a café and a retail area.
The café serves items such as homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, lemonade, tea, beer and wine. The retail area includes fresh produce, Hickory Hill Milk, butter, yogurt, basic over-the-counter medicines and other convenience items. Items such as cards and bookmarks from local artists are also sold in the retail area.
Throughout the business, the décor and atmosphere reflects Hammond’s Ferry neighborhood and its urban feel.
“I wanted this place to have an at home feel,” she said, noting that she had the help of family and friends to create the restaurant’s ambience.
Brick Pond Market is a place where people can come and enjoy each other’s company, added Myers.
“I associate good meals with family, friends and great conversation,” she said.