“Little Red’s Market” opened in downtown Wausau in 1936 when an Irishman – Ronald “Red” McGowan and his wife Sophie started a small produce market on 2nd Street. Starting a new business was not an easy thing to do in the mid-1930’s as the post-depression years hit Wausau hard. But the community was strong willed and so were Red and Sophie. Business grew and a loyal customer base was established.
In 1969 Red’s son, Dave, together with his wife Helen and their children – Shawn, Tammy, Terri, and Brian, took over management and operations of the Market. With the continued addition of new products and services, in order to adapt to changing customers needs, space was becoming an issue. Henceforth in 1983 when the Wausau city planners decided to build a new mall where the Market stood Dave decided to pull up roots and move the Market to its current location in Rothschild. The new space enabled the addition of six greenhouses with ample room to grow. And grow it has… Fresh produce, tens of thousands of beautiful annuals and perennials, shrubs and trees, herbs and an abundance of seeds sufficient enough to entice the most active gardener, all have made Little Red’s Market what it is today.
Over time, and to once again keep pace with growing customer needs, Dave and Helen’s children took on more active roles in the family business.
In 2001, Shawn stepped forward to support the fiscal side of the business. Shawn resides in New York City where he is an antique dealer and jewelry designer. Shawn sells at the national markets in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and Palm Beach. Regardless, you will often find him working at the Market arranging planters upon request, or at the weekly wholesale auctions purchasing Amish-grown plants and vegetables to be sold at Red’s.
They sell Amish raised vegetables. This alone should make you jump out of your seat and run over. The prices are reasonable and good deals to be had just for the asking. People will file in to get sweet corn and heirloom veggies as though it was the end of the world. This is local sourcing at it’s best. They sell everything you need to garden well, seeds, plants, organic fertilizer, and may other things.
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