The Lofts of Sparta finds a new home in historic downtown Sparta
By Rima Austin | June 4, 2018 6:33 am
Sparta is gaining another attraction in the downtown area, one that has already been a favorite in White County for a few years.
Marla Farley Murray and Marsha Farley Jackson, who are sisters, took over The Local Lofts, in September 2017, at a building on Smithville Highway, which then became known as The Lofts of Sparta. The store consists of areas known as “booths” that are individually run by artisans. It was not long before the success of the business had grown, and the sisters wanted to find a more permanent place to house their business. After looking at the property at 33 W. Bockman Way, they knew it was the perfect place for them and their vendors. The location also holds a great historical significance for the community as the former location of Sparta Hardware.
Downtown Sparta has always been known for its quaint charm. There is a green market with live music, Bluegrass on the Square on Friday nights, and shops and restaurants that are decades old. The Lofts of Sparta’s storefront looks out on the main highway that runs through the middle of town. Two glass doors open to the bottom floor of the two-story store, and a hardwood floor takes the visitor back to when the building was originally designed. Racks and shelves of clothing, hand-made jewelry, candles, antiques, and even honey and jam occupy every room and corner. The merchandise has a nostalgic appeal and looks as if it has always belonged there.
“There are over 50 vendors in here right now,” says Murray. “We thought we would make apartments out of the other two floors but we have so many vendors we decided to put them on the second floor and will keep going until we are full.”
Murray and Jackson plan to put a deli in the store as well. There will be an open sandwich bar in addition to a macaroni and cheese bar with choices of different toppings, such as broccoli, chicken, and bacon. Although Murray could not set an exact date on the opening of the deli, she assured that it would be soon.
In addition to the deli, they will also be hosting another fashion show at the amphitheater, on Liberty Square. This will be in collaboration with Jongee’s and hopefully, according to Murray, other local clothing establishments would like to get involved as well.
“We think that will be fun,” says Murray. “We did one down at our store, and we had probably 50 to 75 people there – mamas, aunts, and grandmas – it was great.”
When asked about clothing for men, Murray stated that they did not have any men’s clothing and did not allude as to whether there are any plans to bring men’s clothing or accessories into the store. As it is, The Lofts of Sparta caters to women, young children, and babies.
The Lofts of Sparta offers something to suit almost every person’s individual taste, including fashionable clothing, delicate jewelry, and even honey and jam, as well as items that can turn a house into a home.