The Marketplace on Cortez features a carefully curated group of consignors and crafters—and items for every taste
By Katie Chatham
Linda Caldwell and her husband, David, are part owners of The Marketplace on Cortez, an eclectic vintage shop in the heart of downtown Prescott, which sits side-by-side with its sister store, Cortez Street Emporium. The Marketplace holds a fine selection of antiques, paint products, refurbished furniture, home décor, and gifts.
After a family tragedy occurred on June 30, 2013, which rocked the Caldwells’ lives and the entire Prescott community, the couple took some time away from work to process their grief. That’s when opportunity came along.
The Cortez Street Emporium, an established store, went up for sale, and David used his energy and expertise there while Linda explored opening the Marketplace, which still in its infancy and soon became a labor of love for her.
The decision to open the two existing businesses was made with careful consideration and wasn’t taken lightly by the couple.
“It was a welcomed distraction,” Linda recalls, “and a way for me to invest in myself. It was healing.”
Two years into the venture, The Caldwells welcomed three partners to the business – Paula Grannis, Kitty Bodine, and Linda Morris.
“Each partner brings her own skills and talents and they are each so gifted,” Linda says.
Linda Morris is a knowledgeable expert in antiques and sales; Paula Grannis does tech and social media; Kitty Bodine is the Annie Sloan PaintÒ stockist and workshop teacher; and finally, Linda Caldwell, a former interior designer and visual display artist, rounds out the group well.
Linda describes her design aesthetic as diverse and eclectic with a love for classic element. Her love for a classic look grew out of her experience living in three European countries and three very different states in the U.S.
The Marketplace has a global spirit and an ever-changing vignette.
Linda shares, “I love a well-traveled home that reflects the personalities of those living there.”
“Not to mention,” she adds, “repurposing and giving new life to tired and dated furniture is globally responsible!”
The success of The Marketplace has evolved over the past several years, and the Caldwells and their partners take pride in the fact that The Marketplace has something for every guest. As a home to more than 25 vendors and consigners who were carefully chosen by the curation and craft in their own spaces, The Marketplace offers something for everyone, including gifts for holidays and celebrations, classes, and even whole home makeovers.
The Marketplace is at 117 N. Cortez St. in Prescott (928.445.1460), and the Cortez Street Emporium is at 115 N. Cortez St. (928.541.0077).