Grand Opening for Unique Gift Shop Featuring Local Makers!

Exciting news!  A new business is open in the Manchester Mall at 811 Main Street in Manchester!  Sweet Pepper LLC specializes in supporting small, independent artisans and makers, providing these small businesses with an outlet to market their goods in a year round retail location.  All types of local, handcrafted items are carried:  knitting and crocheting, metal work, photography, jewelry, handsewn items, handcrafted decor, paper crafts, pottery, wood products, upcycled furniture, fine art, handmade cards, and more.  New artisans and products are being added regularly.  “Sweet Pepper is working to connect our community with the products of local and Connecticut-grown talent,” said Amanda Andersen, owner.   Vendor, Debby Bailey, shared, “Sweet Pepper is giving me a forum for my work unlike any I have had in the past.  I’m very happy to be a part of this organization.”  “It is exciting to be a part of a business that supports local artists and small businesses. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have my creations showcased,” added vendor, Katie Kilbourn. 


Downtown Manchester is excited to welcome this newest business right before the holiday shopping season. “Sweet Pepper fills a specific wish for downtown! Ever since I started working for Downtown I have wanted a shop that offers a unique browsing and shopping experience. I specifically hoped for a shop that would also support our local artisans. Sweet Pepper is exactly that!” says Downtown Manager, Joy Press.


Sweet Pepper is just one of several unique shops that have opened in the Manchester Mall at 811 Main Street in the past year. In the midst of a global pandemic, this little Mall has experienced a revitalization! The Mall now features 9 unique retail shops, a cheesecake shop and a salon.


The public is invited to come and celebrate Sweet Pepper’s Grand Opening on Friday, October 29.  Stop by and shop from 11 am – 6 pm and celebrate with a ribbon cutting at 2 pm.

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Other Shops at the Manchester Mall at 811 Main Street:

Retro Junk
Frog & Fable
Natural Selection
Downtown Roots

Rustic Cave
Windowbox Farm
Sweet Pepper

Ely’s Place
Craftsman’s Gallery

Manchester Cheesecake Company

Tia the Hair Queen