October Tenant of the Month: The Market
October 4, 2017
October Tenant of the Month: Alisa and Jason Hart of The Market
Every other month, we’re spotlighting one of our tenants here at The Wharf. This month is The Hart Family, new owners of The Market. Step into their diverse shop to learn more!
Where were you born and raised?
Jason was born and raised in Brewton, AL. I was born in Pensacola, FL, but was raised in Flomaton, AL.
How long has your business been at The Wharf?
The business has been at The Wharf since 2015. Our family purchased it in August of this year.
What made you decide to acquire The Market?
Our family has always wanted to open a business at The Wharf, but we weren’t sure what kind. This area was always our favorite place to vacation and we knew that one day we wanted to be permanent residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Two years ago, we became partners in a medical practice locally and made the move! Just recently, we became friends with the previous owners of The Market and once we found out they were selling the business, everything seemed to fall into place for us to become the new owners! It’s just the perfect fit!
What sort of goods or services do you provide?
Grocery items, beer, wine, deli-style foods, novelty items, ice cream, and Hunt Brothers Pizza.
What does a typical workday involve for you?
Our entire family runs the business, so on any given day, you will see Jason, me, or one of our twin sons, Dalton or Brooks.
What’s the most unusual thing that’s happened to you on the job?
So far, the most unusual thing that’s happened to us at the store was having actor Morgan Freeman buy Rolaids from us!
Who’s the most noteworthy person that’s shopped at your store?
Of course, Morgan Freeman was the most famous, but we truly enjoy the other Wharf employees coming in and getting to know them!
What do you love the most about living and working in Orange Beach?
We currently live in Gulf Shores, but the best thing about living and working in the area is getting to meet so many new people!
What’s your favorite annual event at The Wharf?
Our most favorite annual event at The Wharf would have to be the Blue Marlin Grand Championship!
Other than your own store, what’s your favorite place to shop at The Wharf?
We can’t pick just one store. There are so many that each of our family members love to frequent.
What’s your favorite restaurant at The Wharf?
Again, we can’t pick just one…we love them all!
When it’s playtime, what’s your favorite activity at The Wharf?
Our favorite thing to do at The Wharf for playtime has always been attending a concert!
What’s something your customers might not know about your store?
We are now offering free delivery anywhere on Wharf property, on any items our store carries.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
We love to go to the beach, fish, and watch Alabama football.
What’s your favorite food?
We all have different favorites, but mainly steak & chicken!
What’s your favorite band/musician?
Again, we all have different favorites, but I think we can say that the band Alabama is one we can all agree on!
What’s your favorite movie?
No doubt, we all love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
If you could spend the day with any celebrity or historical figure (living or dead), who would it be?
Across the board, Jesus.
If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings?
We enjoy helping others and are huge animal lovers, so after taking care of our extended family, it would be helping others and abused or neglected animals.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have several dogs and a cat.
Auburn or Alabama?
Alabama! Roll Tide!