Duke’s Market and Nursery opening delayed due to weather

Update: Due to the weather, Duke’s Market and Nursery has had to delay the opening until Wednesday or Thursday. Will update with actual date when available.

After watching and waiting for several months, Duke’s Market and Nursery is finally scheduled for an opening date of Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, depending on the weather. The remnants of Hurricane Irma could put a damper on those plans, at least on Monday, but owner Devon Rifkin said they would play it by ear.

“Depending on the weather, that is the plan,” he said. If the weather doesn’t allow it, however, the plan is for Duke’s to open to the public the minute things are back on a normal business footing in the community.

Rifkin moved to Loganville with a dream. Being a 3rd generation Miamian, he was looking for a place to raise his family where conditions he described as “crazy” didn’t exist. He found those conditions in Georgia and subsequently moved his family to Sandy Springs in 2012. But it was after a visit to Loganville, where he found the people so friendly and congenial, that he decided to open his new business venture – Duke’s Market and Nursery.

Rifkin had found that the people in the community were looking for a local products, homemade goods, fresh creations and that’s what Dukes will provide. The plan was for the store to open in the spring, but circumstances did not allow it. Rifkin’s mother took ill and subsequently passed away over the summer. The community was kept abreast of the reasons for the delay and fell in love with the store and its owner before it even opened, fully appreciating his priorities in letting it be known that “family came first.”

Shelves are stocked in Duke’s Market and Nursery. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

But now Duke’s is ready to begin serving the local community.  The market will have four different features,  including their private label goodies, “Farm to y’all”

~ Market – Produce, eggs, milk, cheese, etc. Dukes will also carry candy, toys, soaps, honey, handprinted mailboxes, wreaths and pots – most made by local artists.
~ Concession – Hot dogs, milk shakes, boiled peanuts, slushies, etc.
~ Nursery – In the spring of 2018, a full blown nursery will be added. Until that time, look for great seasonal and gift items such as pumpkins and a fall wreaths, holiday items, etc.
~ Events –  Dukes is bringing to the community events to delight young and old alike such as pig races, egg toss, pot painting, birthday parties, etc.  At Dukes you’ll find desirable and unusual gift items and you can make your own custom gift baskets.
Duke’s, located at 4640 Lawrenceville Road in Loganville, will be open Monday to Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8.30 a.m., to 5.30 p.m. To find out all the store carries and to follow its progress, follow the Facebook page

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