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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Local handmade goods at new shop in downtown Ocala

A mother and daughter have opened a new shop in downtown Ocala that features locally-produced, handmade apparel and home goods.

Ole Sarah’s celebrated its grand opening at 108 E Fort King Street in downtown Ocala on August 12.

Owned and operated by Sheryl Walston Markham and her daughter, Sharlene Sales, the new business bills itself as a local family shop that seeks to highlight local artisans and creators.

Ole Sarah's in downtown Ocala (1)
Ole Sarah’s is located at 108 E Fort King Street in downtown Ocala

The mother and daughter said they loved working together, shopping, and hosting so much that they decided to open a retail shop.

“We want to promote a community of people helping people, support local small businesses, offer affordable prices, be a place of peace and encouragement, and provide the community with a cute spot,” reads a statement from the company.

As such, the store sells a collection of local, handmade gifts, apparel, home decorations, and refurbished furniture, among other items.

Ole Sarah's merchandise in downtown Ocala
Local, handmade merchandise at Ole Sarah’s in downtown Ocala

The business is named for an ancestor of Markham’s father who has since passed. Markham says that her family refers to each other as “Ole Sarah” or “Sarah” more than they use their real names.

“We chose this name for our store as a way to represent us without saying our names, to incorporate and honor my dad,” says the family.

Ole Sarah’s is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on the business and its products and services, follow Ole Sarah’s on Facebook.