Local businesses take root in Northwest Reno! Though this is outside of my normal 1-mile zone coverage from downtown, it's a significant project worth mentioning, because I love the idea of extending local businesses out to big-box-ville, and gives residents of Northwest Reno a whole new array of shopping options.

The Great Western Marketplace in northwest Reno opens on Black Friday, November 28, 2014.

A multitude of retailers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artisans, crafters, food purveyors and service providers will form the foundation of this new regional retail concept, which also will serve as a satellite broadcast location for Reno radio group Shamrock Communications.

Liberty Fine Arts Gallery will also open a second exhibit location within the new indoor marketplace. Spearheaded by local artist Rich VanGogh, the gallery will rotate artists and their work, keeping the exhibits and art for purchase fresh. “If people liked our first gallery, they are going to love our new space at Great Western Marketplace. We will be featuring the best local artists just as before while also having guest artists,” conveys Van Gogh.

With more being added weekly, among the varied array of vendors to be featured upon opening are a farmers market, “upcycled” and artistic home décor and jewelry from Transformations, gluten-free goodies made by Ms. Janet’s Baked Goods, Mayan-inspired artist Ricardo Barraca, handcrafted purses and jewelry by Odyssey & Yve, top-quality seafood by Freshway Fish, computer repair services by Friendly Computers, transformative and educational health consultation services by Recipe 2 Health, items to spoil any four-legged friend at My Nona’s Country Store, and many more.

Great Western Marketplace will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located at 4855 Summit Ridge Drive in Reno. For more information, visit GreatWesternMarketplace.com or call (775) 624-1800.